Online BS in Social Work – Healthcare, Aging, and Medical Learn to be an advocate for your patients


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total

Are you seeking a degree that can help you work in the dynamic and expanding field of healthcare and social work? Opting for our Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) – Healthcare, Aging, and Medical Social Work cognate can help lay the groundwork for this path! This program is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge, competencies, and abilities useful for a career in diverse healthcare environments, such as hospitals and clinics, as a medical social worker. Completing this cognate aims to prepare you for a career as a professional social worker with specialized expertise and skills.

Our healthcare, aging, and medical social work online degree aims to provide the tools needed to address vital social issues with a comprehensive understanding of human psychology. This program focuses on training you to assess, connect with, and provide interventions for individuals, families, and communities. The skills acquired from our online BSSW are intended to prepare you to guide others toward a healthier life.

This online medical social work degree is designed to help train you for working with diverse and challenging populations. Learn from seasoned professionals with firsthand human services experience and engage in social work field placements within your own community as you pursue your BSSW at Liberty.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

Liberty maintains strict compliance with all licensure requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Not a Virginia resident? We want to help find the best program for you! To view educational requirements and whether a specific program aligns with the licensure requirements for your state, please review our licensure/certification requirements webpage.

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  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Liberty University’s online Bachelor of Science in Social Work – Healthcare, Aging, and Medical Social Work aims to provide you with the tools to make a positive impact locally, nationally, and internationally. This program is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge essential for a compassionate and effective career in social work, with a focus on understanding human behavior—an important aspect in people-focused industries.

Key features of the program include:

  • Flexibility: Study at your convenience, balancing education with personal commitments.
  • Expert Faculty: Learn from professors with real-world experience and a passion for student success.
  • Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE) Accreditation: Ensures a high-quality curriculum that meets rigorous academic standards.
  • Career Preparation: Ideal for those aiming for graduate studies or roles in behavioral sciences.

Liberty has been a pioneer in distance education since 1985, so we understand the need for a degree program that shapes professionals without sacrificing personal responsibilities. The online BSSW program at Liberty is designed to blend academic excellence and practical application, offering you the chance to gain valuable skills that are in demand. With Liberty’s flexible online structure, you can advance your education without pausing your life, receiving support and guidance from readily available professors committed to your success.

Liberty University’s online Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program offers a comprehensive education that can help you pursue a career in the human services field. The course curriculum is designed to provide specialized training in various essential aspects of social work. You can learn about conducting assessments, developing intervention strategies, and mastering counseling techniques. These skills are crucial for practicing as a human services professional across diverse communities. The program can help you develop skills to assist families and individuals from various backgrounds in making positive life changes.

The BSSW program at Liberty is more than just an academic course; it’s a journey toward understanding human behavior and using this knowledge to foster healing, growth, and thriving in people’s lives. You can learn to build effective case management systems, develop support networks, and identify communities and individuals in need. Your training will also cover how to research and implement systems that cater to client needs and respond to critical care situations like abuse or mental health emergencies. This well-rounded approach can expose you to both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed in the field of social work.

The healthcare, aging, and medical cognate will cover how to engage with clients and families about client education, resource connections, and navigating services. Another often-overlooked topic is integrating a client’s religion/spirituality into care, treatment plans, and intervention approaches. As a Christian university, we want to increase cultural and religious competency in these areas of practice, which can tremendously influence a client’s physical and mental health outcomes. Our aim is to develop you into a culturally competent social worker skilled at meeting the diverse spiritual needs of all populations and client groups.

Despite being an online program, Liberty’s BSSW degree does not compromise on providing hands-on experience. The program uniquely blends theoretical learning with real-world training, including field placements, that can help you gain skills that can enhance your future career. By partnering with Liberty, you can prepare for an immediate career in social work or for further graduate study.

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Individual state licensure requirements may vary and are subject to change without notice. View your state’s requirements here: licensure/certification requirements.

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To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

Undergraduate Full Time $390/Credit
Undergraduate Part Time $455/Credit
Military Undergraduate $250/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for military training

*Not applicable to certificates.