The mission of the Nazareth College MSW Program is to educate social work students to be ethical and competent advanced practitioners who respect diversity and promote justice, dignity, health, and wellness through integrative, collaborative, and interprofessional practice.
The Nazareth College MSW Program’s goals are to:
- Provide a supportive and caring environment that facilitates learning, emphasizing diversity, cultural humility, and a global perspective.
- Impart social work knowledge, values, and skills to improve the effectiveness of advanced social work practice, programs, and policies within an integrative, collaborative, and interprofessional context.
- Develop ethical and competent practitioners and leaders who facilitate social change, achieve social and economic justice, and are committed to self-reflection and lifelong learning.
The MSW Program’s commitment is to prepare social workers for advanced practice within an interprofessional, integrative, and collaborative community context. This perspective prepares students to work within a community-based practice approach that involves cooperative, interprofessional, and inter-agency efforts. Nazareth College is the only college in the area to offer this unique array of allied health professional programs, of which Social Work is a vital component along with Creative Arts Therapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and Speech Language Pathology. Students are taught to facilitate individual, family, group, organizational, and community change that improves the lives of people, particularly those who have been oppressed and/or disempowered. The focus of social work interventions provides opportunities to assimilate and integrate a cultural humility perspective into change efforts, addressing the social determinants of health and well-being across all settings, and providing opportunities to be on the cutting edge of new directions for social work practice.
Field Placements and Internships
The MSW Program prepares students to be lifelong learners within an interprofessional, integrative practice. Students enrolled in the program will complete a minimum of 500 hours of internship in the Advanced Standing 36-credit program or 900 hours of internship in the 60-credit program.
Licensure and Credential Information
The MSW degree is a New York State licensure-qualifying program, fulfilling the educational component required to become: a) a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in New York State upon graduating and passing of the licensing examination and b) a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) after completing 2000 paid hours of supervised and direct client contact post-graduation, and passing a licensing exam.
The Nazareth College MSW Program is registered with the New York State Education Department and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
For further information, call (585) 389-2753 or
Website address: https://www.naz.edu/msw
MSW Program Director
Rebecca Rouland, PhD, LMSW
Director of Field Education
Michael Rood, LMSW
MSW Site Coordinator: Watertown Satellite Program
Yasmin Habib, LMSW
MSW Field Coordinator: Watertown Satellite Program
Suzanne Zicari, LMSW
General Program Requirements