Northern Lakes College

Social Work

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Program Information

School:Northern Lakes College
Field of Study:Social Work
Description:Social workers are trained to "help people to help themselves." Our Social Work Program looks at how to help people meet the demands of daily life. It looks at how social work seeks to improve people's problem-solving and coping skills, and links them with systems that offer resources, services, and opportunities. It emphasizes the development of generalist knowledge, values, and skills to practice with individuals, families, communities, and organizations. Themes in this two-year program include competency working in different cultures, recognizing and dealing with oppression, practice in northern and rural communities, and a focus on holistic practice. In a supportive atmosphere, students are encouraged to develop personal insights and approaches to social work practice.

This program includes a blend of core social work theory and practice courses, along with university level courses which include the following: English, psychology, health education, sociology, political science, and one other arts and science elective. Students have the choice of completing the required university transfer courses before starting the program, during the program, or upon completion of the core social work courses. Graduates are prepared for entry level practice positions or to continue their education in a degree program. Graduates are eligible for registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers

URL:Social Work at Northern Lakes College
Length:72 Week(s)
Careers:Social WorkersCommunity and Social Service WorkersSocial and Community Service Workers

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
60% in English 30-1 or 70% in English 30-2 or 60% in ENGL0190 or an assessed English equivalency. All post-secondary transcripts must accompany the application.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience
Students must be at least 18 years of age. It is strongly recommended that students who enter this program have basic computer skills (the ability to use the internet, email, and a word processor). Students without basic computer skills will be encouraged to attend a computer skills workshop prior to the start of the program. Students who meet the academic requirements will be mailed an information and forms package and asked to present a Personal Written Statement and a Resume (relevant volunteer experience is an asset).
Note: Information regarding any criminal record is required to facilitate field placements. Field placement agencies may require a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check and an Intervention Record Check. The inability to present clear checks may prevent a student from completing the program requirements. Contact the Program Coordinator for further information.

Note: Because of the nature of the program, students must not be abusing alcohol or drugs for at least 1 year prior to applying. In addition, students must not be abusing drugs for the duration of the program.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 17, 2022