Overview of Practicum for BSW Students

Students in the BSW Program are required to complete a minimum of 700 practice hours as part of their degree requirements. This is generally done through two Practicum courses, Practicum I (SOWK 3600 or SOWK 3601 at the third-year level) and Practicum II (SOWK 4600 or SOWK 4601 & 4602 at the fourth-year level).  Both Practicum I and Practicum II are part of the core curriculum for the BSW degree.

Practicum I and Practicum II each consist of a minimum of 364 hours in total, which includes a field placement in a community setting (minimum of 352 hours per Practicum course), mandatory participation in concurrent Practicum Seminars, Faculty Liaison consultations, and completion of all written requirements. Each Practicum course is worth two-credits and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. The satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade given for Practicum courses in not calculated into the student’s GPA.

Practicum students normally complete each field placement in one agency/organization only. This is based on the principle that students need the time to observe and practice in order to gain competence and a sense of confidence.

In cases where academic credit has been granted for previous work and/or relevant experience, students may be exempted from Practicum I but would still be required to complete Practicum II.

To apply for Practicum I or Practicum II, students must have completed all of the prerequisite course work, be in good academic standing, and seek permission from the School of Social Work by submitting a Practicum Application Form by the established deadlines.

Preparing for Field Placement?

Be sure to review  the Preparing for Field Placement – Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Guides file as well as Field Placement Sample Cover Letter – SOWK 4601-4602 – Summer-Fall.

Placement Pre-Requisites & Requirements

Types of Placements

Students will either be matched by the School, their place of employment or a distance placement. Additionally, placements can be both paid and unpaid, however, the majority are unpaid placements.

Practicum Application Information

This section details the steps for applying to a practicum as well as other possible requirements such as Police Records Checks or Health Requirements. We have also included a step by step process on the practicum process to give you an understanding of the all the steps that the students, Practicum Coordinator, Practicum Administrator and Placement are responsible for.