College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2014-2015

Master of Social Work (MSW) Mission and Goals

Mission

Consistent with the mission of the College and the values of the profession of social work, the Master of Social Work program at the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York is committed to excellence in teaching, service, and the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The MSW program educates social workers at an advanced level from a critical disabilities perspective to employ transformative social work practices with people with disabilities. Acknowledging our global interconnectedness, we strive to understand and address the experiences of diverse people and societies; foster human and community well-being; and, create a world that is socially and economically just and equitable.

Goals

  1. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and values for advanced, urban, transformative social work practice with people with disabilities on Staten Island, the region and beyond.
  2. Graduates will be competent, culturally sensitive advanced professional practitioners who engage with people to meet basic survival needs for food, clothing, shelter, and livelihood.
  3. Graduates will be able to apply advanced social work knowledge, skills and values to informed action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and the greater society.
  4. Graduates will have the advanced knowledge, skills, and values to work toward a just and equitable society.
  5. Graduates will be motivated and prepared for advanced social work practice with an understanding of the importance of continued self-reflection and professional development throughout their social work career.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for the Master of Social Work degree include a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Overall GPA must be at least 3.0. Applicants must have completed a statistics course by the time they are admitted in the fall. A personal statement is required. Applicants must supply two letters of recommendation from instructors or employers. An interview may be required.

Advanced Standing Admissions (BSW/BSSW)

Students who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program within the past 5 years are waived of all courses in the foundation year. Advanced standing students must complete 720 field internship hours while at the College of Staten Island, and are credited with 480 hours from their BSW/BSSW program. Students who completed less than 480 hours in their BSW/BSSW program will have to make up the necessary field hours in their advanced year internship placement.

Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer from another CSWE accredited Master of Social Work program will have their transfer credits evaluated by the Admissions Committee. The Director of the MSW program will review and approve or reject the Admissions Committee's decision. MSW students may transfer up to 12 credits and up to 480 hours of field internship (the equivalent of foundation year internship). Advanced Standing students may transfer up to 9 credits (6 elective credits and 3 advanced individual or advanced group practice credits). All advanced year field internships, advanced year seminars and concentration courses must be taken in residence at the College of Staten Island.

Foreign Degrees

Those with baccalaureate degrees from non-English speaking universities must also take the TOEFL examination and achieve a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based version (out of a total of 677 possible points) or 100 on the computer-based version (out of 120 possible points). Students with Bachelor degrees in Social Work from foreign universities will have to obtain an evaluation of their degrees through the Council on Social Work Education. CSWE will determine whether or not the degree is equivalent to a CSWE accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree. If CSWE determines that the degree is equivalent, the student will be considered for admission to the Advanced Standing program. If CSWE determines that the degree is not equivalent to a CSWE accredited degree, the student will be considered for the MSW program.

The Admissions Committee, with final agreement by the Director of the MSW program will determine acceptance into the program. One member of the Admissions Committee will serve as the affirmative action designee responsible for seeing that students traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs will have opportunities to apply and to be accepted into the program.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Dismissal, Probation, Continuation and Graduation

Academic requirements for MSW students are somewhat different from those of students in other programs. Faculty are expected to act as gatekeepers to the profession, ensuring graduates meet not only the academic expectations of the profession, but also the professional expectations. CSWE refers to this as professional performance. Students in both the classroom and field are expected to behave in a manner that is respectful clients, of other students, staff, and faculty, and to conduct themselves in accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics. Failure to do so is a strong indicator of a lack of readiness for entry into the social work profession and consequently may result in termination from the program.

To support academic and professional advisement, each student admitted to the MSW program will be assigned a full-time social work faculty member to serve as the academic and professional advisor for the student for their remaining stay at the College. Students are also informed that they must make an appointment to see their advisor every semester, prior to registration, to assure that the student is making the appropriate choices in pursuit of the MSW degree. Of course, social work academic advisors are available throughout every semester for any concerns or questions students may have regarding their studies or matters related to their professional development.

If a student is not performing to academic or professional expectations, or is unable to master the required knowledge or skills, or has violated the ethical standards of the profession, the academic advisor will report the difficulties to the MSW Program Director. Difficulties specifically relating to field placement will also be reported by the Field Liaison to the Director of MSW Field Education. Regardless of where difficulties arise, it is the responsibility of the faculty, faculty advisor and/or Field Liaison to request a meeting of the Social Work Program’s Academic Review Committee. The Academic Review Committee may impose specific conditions to support the student in succeeding academically and professionally, place the student on probation or terminate the student from the program.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

To be awarded a master's degree, a graduate student must finish the program with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better.

Probation

Students may be placed on probation for academic or professional reasons. Graduate students whose GPA falls between 2.7 and 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation must raise their GPA to 3.0 within the next semester to continue in the MSW program. Graduate students whose GPA remains below 3.0 at the end of the probationary semester will be allowed to continue in the MSW program only upon successful review by the Academic Review Committee. This policy is applicable no matter the number of credits earned by the student. Students who have been identified as not meeting professional requirements of the program may also be placed on probation by recommendation of the Academic Review Committee.

Continuation

Graduate students whose GPA falls below 2.7 will not be eligible for graduation, and will not normally be permitted to continue in the MSW program. These students may only continue in the MSW program upon successful review by the Academic Review Committee. Students who receive less than a B in any practice or seminar course, or who do not pass Field, may only continue in the MSW program upon successful review by the Academic Review Committee. Students who receive below a B in a practice or seminar course, or below a C in any other MSW course, may not continue in any course for which the course is a prerequisite. For a course in which the minimum grade is not achieved, students may retake the course once if their GPA meets the criteria for continuation.

Dismissal

A student referred to the Academic Review Committee for failing to meet academic and/or professional expectations may be terminated from the MSW program. If the Academic Review Committee determines that, in its academic and professional judgment, the student is not meeting the standards of the program and the profession at the level expected of a graduate social work student, and that the difficulty is unlikely to be resolved quickly and satisfactorily with a problem resolution plan, the MSW Program Director will notify the student by registered mail, within 14 days of the Committee meeting, that the student will be dismissed from the MSW program.

Readmission after withdrawal or dismissal

A student who withdraws in good standing is eligible for readmission within two years but must notify the Program Director six weeks prior to the semester in which they intend to return. A student who withdraws or is dismissed due to not meeting minimum GPA expectations may reapply for admission during the regular spring admissions process to request fall readmission. The student will have to participate in an interview with the Admissions Committee and it must be determined that the student is capable of academic success. A student who is dismissed due to a serious violation of the NASW Code of Ethics or other professional misconduct will not be considered for readmission.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree Requirements

The College of Staten Island's MSW curriculum is composed of 12 required courses, four internship courses providing 1200 hours (as is the norm for CUNY and other MSW programs), four integrative seminars, and one social work elective. The Advanced Standing MSW curriculum is composed of six required courses, two internships providing 720 hours, two integrative seminars and two social work electives. The curriculum combines both methods courses (Practice I, II, III, IV and V) and a field of practice concentration in disabilities (Practice with People with Disabilities Concentration I, II, III & IV). All courses, except integrative seminars, are 3-credit courses. As required by New York State regulation, all students will complete a capstone project; this will occur in the final semester integrative seminar and is described in that syllabus.

All courses were developed specifically for this program. In addition, there are graduate courses across the College of Staten Island and at the CUNY Graduate Center that students may be allowed to take as electives. The MSW program extends the same privilege to allow graduate students in the College of Staten Island and CUNY graduate programs to take our MSW electives. Each course is designed specifically to fulfill the content area requirements mandated by the State’s regulations and national accreditation standards.

As part of the curriculum, MSW students must meet the requirement for 1200 hours of supervised internship placement. Advanced standing students must complete 720 hours while at the College, and are credited with 480 hours from their BSW/BSSW program. Students who completed less than 480 hours in their BSW/BSSW program will have to make up the necessary field hours in their graduate placement. All students must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.

Requirements: 60 credits

SWK 600

MSW Research I

3 credits

SWK 602

MSW Research II

3 credits

SWK 605

Ethics and Diversity

3 credits

SWK 670

MSW Social Welfare Policy

3 credits

SWK 650

MSW Social Work Practice I: Practice with Individuals, Couples, and Families

3 credits

SWK 660

MSW Social Work Practice II: Practice with Groups

3 credits

SWK 665

MSW Social Work Practice III: Practice with Communities and Organizations

3 credits

SWK 611

MSW Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (HSBE I): The Sociocultural Construction of the Human Experience

3 credits

SWK 612

MSW Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (HSBE II): Culture and Development Across the Life Course

3 credits

SWK 654

MSW Integrative Seminar I

1 credit

SWK 655

MSW Field Internship I

2 credit

SWK 674

MSW Integrative Seminar II

1 credit

SWK 675

MSW Field Internship II

2 credit

 

 

One of the following

3 credits

SWK 750

MSW Advanced Social Work Practice IV: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals, Couples & Families

 

Or

 

 

SWK 760

MSW Advanced Social Work Practice V: Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups

 

 

 

 

And

 

 

SWK 732

Introduction to Social Work Practice with People of Disabilities

3 credits

SWK 734

Social Work Practice with Children with Disabilities

3 credits

SWK 736

Social Work Practice with Adults with Disabilities

3 credits

SWK 738

Social Work Practice with Elders with Disabilities

3 credits

SWK 754

MSW Field Internship III

3 credits

SWK 764

MSW Integrative Seminar III

1 credit

SWK 755

MSW Field Internship IV

3 credits

SWK 765

MSW Integrative Seminar IV

2 credits

 

 

One MSW elective chosen from the following:

3 credits

SWK 680

Immigration and Social Work Practice

 

SWK 682

Social Work and Child Welfare

 

SWK 684

Drugs and Alcohol

 

SWK 686

Human Sexuality and the Helping Professions

 

Advanced Standing Requirements: 30 credits

SWK 754

MSW Field Internship III

3 credits

SWK 764

MSW Integrative Seminar III

1 credit

SWK 755

MSW Field Internship IV

3 credits

SWK 765

MSW Integrative Seminar IV

2 credit

 

 

One of the following

3 credits

SWK 750

MSW Advanced Social Work Practice IV: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals, Couples & Families

 

Or

 

 

SWK 760

MSW Advanced Social Work Practice V: Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups

 

 

 

 

And

 

 

SWK 732

Introduction to Social Work Practice with People of Disabilities

3 credits

SWK 734

Social Work Practice with Children with Disabilities

3 credits

SWK 736

Social Work Practice with Adults with Disabilities

3 credits

SWK 738

Social Work Practice with Elders with Disabilities

3 credits

 

 

And two MSW electives from the following:

6 credits

SWK 680

Immigration and Social Work Practice

 

SWK 682

Social Work and Child Welfare

 

SWK 684

Drugs and Alcohol

 

SWK 686

Human Sexuality and the Helping Professions

 

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Graduate Catalog 2014-2015

Message from the President

About the College

Admissions

Registrar

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Services/Student Services

Graduate Degrees and Certificate Programs

CUNY Doctoral Degree Programs

Graduate Programs, Disciplines, and Course Offerings

Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate

Master of Science in Biology (MS)

Advanced Certificate in Business Analytics of Large-Scale Data

Master of Science in Business Management (MS)

Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Science in Childhood Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Adolescence Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Special Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSEd)

Post Master's Advanced Certificate for Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate for Leadership in Education

Graduate Education Courses

Master of Arts in English (MA)

Master of Science in Environmental Science (MS)

Master of Arts in History (MA)

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MA)

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Master of Science in Neuroscience, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities (MS)

Graduate Programs in Nursing

Master of Science in Adult - Gerontological Nursing (MS)

Advanced Certificate Programs

Nursing Courses

Clinical Doctorate Programs in Nursing

Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing (DNP)

Doctorate of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements

Clinical Nursing Doctorate Degree Requirements

Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence: 9 credits

Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education: 12 credits

Doctoral Nursing Courses

BIO 670 Pathophysiological Concepts in Health and Illness

NRS 682 Advanced Pharmacology

NRS 700 Transcultural Concepts and Issues in Health Care

NRS 701 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 702 Advanced Health Assessment

NRS 703 Teaching and Learning for Cultural Competence Development

NRS 704 Cultural Competence in Health Care Project

NRS 705 Health Organizations, Policy, Financing, and Ethics

NRS 706 Applied Statistical Thinking and Methods in Health Research

NRS 711 Health Care Program Development

NRS 712 Nurse as Educator

NRS 720 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Community Settings

NRS 721 Role Practicum: Adults in Community Settings

NRS 722 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Acute Care Settings

NRS 723 Role Practicum: Adults in Acute Care Settings

NRS 724 Case Management for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 725 Primary Health Care Adult-Gerontology

NRS 726 Primary Health Care Adult- Gerontology II

NRS 727 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care I

NRS 728 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care II

NRS 730 Evidence Based Nursing for Advanced Practice

NRS 750 Curriculum in Nursing

NRS 754 Evaluation in Nursing Education

NRS 755 Application of Leadership Models in Professional Practice

NRS 756 Technological Integrations

NRS 757 Professional Nursing Bioethics

NRS 758 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education

NRS 759 Clinical Finance & Management

NRS 760 Practicum in Nursing Education

NRS 761 Advanced Therapeutics

NRS 762 Integrative Practice Proposal (Capstone I)

NRS 763 Intergrative Practice Application (Captsone II)

NRS 799 Thesis Option

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Overview

Accreditation Status

Program Goals

Graduation, Enrollment, Licensure Pass Rates

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Admission, Application, Progression and Retention Requirements

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Requirements

Clinical Affiliations

Program FAQS

Physical Therapy Courses

PHT 70100 Clinical Anatomy

PHT 70200 Medical Terminology

PHT 70300 Foundations of Patient Care

PHT 70400 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice & Ethics

PHT 70500 Upper Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 70600 Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice

PHT 71000 Research Design

PHT 72000 Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology

PHT 73000 Structure and Function of the Nervous System

PHT 74000 PT Interventions and Preventions

PHT 75000 Physical Modalities - Clinical Decision Making and Application

PHT 76000 Lower Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 77000 Directed Research I

PHT 78000 Clinical Medicine for PT

PHT 79500 Integumentary System: Assessment & Intervention

PHT 80000 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination

PHT 80100 Pulmonary Evaluation and Interventions

PHT 80200 Clinical Education: Education Theories

PHT 80300 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics

PHT 80400 Introduction to Neurological PT

PHT 80500 Musculoskeletal Examination I

PHT 80600 Clinical Affiliation I

PHT 80700 Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

PHT 80800 Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation

PHT 80900 Directed Research II

PHT 81000 Neurological Interventions I

PHT 81100 Cardiac Rehabilitation

PHT 82000 Clinical Orthopedics II/Radiology and Imaging

PHT 83000 Orthotics & Prosthetics

PHT 84000 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Neurology

PHT 85000 Musculoskeletal Examination II

PHT 86000 Directed Research III

PHT 87000 Health Promotion through the Life Span

PHT 87200 Topics in PT

PHT 88000 Neurological Interventions II

PHT 88100 Seminar on Organization and Management

PHT 88200 Pediatric Development and Assessment

PHT 88300 Pharmacology and Systems Review

PHT 88400 Musculoskeletal Examination III

PHT 88500 Electroneuromyography and Motion Analysis

PHT 88600 Clinical Affiliation II

PHT 88700 Clinical Decision Making

PHT 88800 Directed Research IV

PHT 88950 Clinical Affiliation III

PHT 89000 Clinical Affiliation IV

PHT 90000 Directed Research V

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work (MSW) Mission and Goals

Master of Social Work (MSW) Admission Requirements

Master of Social Work (MSW) Dismissal, Probation, Continuation and Graduation

Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree Requirements

Social Work Courses

Topics Courses and Independent Study

Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines

American Studies Courses

Art Courses

Biology Courses

Computer Science Courses

Dramatic Arts Courses

Environmental Science Courses

Geography Courses

History Courses

Mathematics Courses

Political Science Courses

Science Courses

Appendix

Travel Information

Index