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Eligibility & Requirements

Eligibility

The MSW Certificate in Aging and Health is open to students:

  • In the traditional (campus-based) MSW program OR blended MSW program
  • In the clinical social work specialization OR management and policy specialization
  • On any of the three Rutgers campuses (Newark, New Brunswick, Camden)
  • In the full-time, part-time, or Advanced Standing MSW program

If you have questions about your eligibility, please email aging@ssw.rutgers.edu

To Apply

The application for the Aging & Health (A&H) Certificate will be open October 1-November 20.  Link to the application:   https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFhGg78vnjXEZ82 .

Requirements

The requirements include a second year (advanced) field placement at an appropriate agency, four courses, and one interprofessional enrichment activity. The MSW Certificate in Aging and Health is embedded within the School’s MSW degree program, meaning no additional field hours or credits are required beyond the 60 credits required for the MSW degree. A summary of the requirements is listed below. To learn more, view these informational videos:

  • Field requirement
  • Course requirements
  • Enrichment requirement

Access the Aging and Health Requirement Checklist to help track your completion of various requirements. 

Required Certificate Coursework

Course

  • Advanced Contemporary Policy: Aging (542)

    Advanced policy course: Certificate students must complete Advanced Contemporary Policy: Aging (542). This course is typically taken in the fall semester of the final year in the MSW program. Students must have completed the first half of the MSW program to enroll in this course.

  • Loss across the Lifespan (547)

    Human behavior distribution course: Certificate students must complete HBSE: Loss across the Lifespan (547) as their Human Behavior distribution requirement. Currently, this course is offered in the spring semester and occasionally in the summer. Students must have completed Practice I (500) and HBSE (502) to enroll in this course.

Choice Course in Aging

Course

  • Clinical Social Work: Aging (525)

    Clinical Social Work: Aging (525) is typically offered in the fall semester. Students who are in the clinical social work specialization may take this course as their advanced practice distribution course or as a General Elective. Students in the management and policy (MAP) concentration may take this course as one of their General Electives toward the MSW degree. Students must have completed all Professional Foundation courses before enrolling in this course. 

  • Aging Services: A Critical Perspective (572)

    Aging Services: A Critical Perspective (572) is offered in the spring semester. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course will satisfy one of the General Electives for the MSW degree.

Choice Course in Health

Course

  • Clinical Social Work: Health (516)

    Clinical Social Work: Health (516) is offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students who are in the clinical social work concentration may take course as their advanced practice distribution course or as a General Elective. Students in the management and policy (MAP) concentration may take this course as one of their General Electives toward the MSW degree. Students must have completed all Professional Foundation courses before enrolling in this course.

  • Chronic Illness and Disability (562)

    Chronic Illness and Disability (562): This course can be taken as a General Elective toward the MSW degree. It is typically offered in the spring semester. There are no prerequisites for this course.

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