Transfer to Bethany College
Major Code: 167
Note: This articulation transfer agreement allows a student to complete an associate degree at WVNCC and finish their Bachelor’s degree at Bethany College. Individual student factors, part-time or full-time status, scheduling and availability of courses, or other factors may affect the time it will take a particular student to complete all requirements.
The articulation agreements contain very specific requirements which have been agreed upon and approved by the administration and faculty at both institutions. Because of this, petitions for course substitutions will not usually be considered or approved to allow a student to graduate under an articulation agreement program.
Students completing this option will receive an Associate in Arts degree from West Virginia Northern. Upon completing the remaining specified credit hours at Bethany College, they will receive a Bachelor in Social Work (B.S.W.) Degree. In addition to the WVNCC courses, applicants for admission to Bethany’s social work program must meet the following criteria:
- Submit a transcript to Bethany College verifying an overall grade point average of 2.0.*
- Obtain Bethany College’s Social Work Student Handbook
- Submit an application and all related documents to the Social Work Program Director by May 1
- Submit at least one recommendation form by a current or past faculty member or employer
- Complete and submit a criminal background check
- Complete and submit a written personal statement entitled, “Why I Want to be a Social Worker”
- Provide proof of completion of a 50-hour service learning experience (the WVNCC Human Services internship will fulfill this requirement)
- Schedule and complete an interview with the Social Work Program Director at Bethany College
In addition to General Education Outcomes, students successfully completing and receiving and A.A. degree under the articulation agreement with Bethany College’s School of Social Work should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the “human services/social work” profession and the evolution of its various delivery systems.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts, theories, and strategies used in social work/ human services and apply basic skills related to general education curriculum requirements for the Social Work A.A. degree.
- Utilize critical thinking skills.
- Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor degree program with appropriate commitment to attendance, initiative, organization and interest in the profession.
*Although a cumulative GPA of 2.0 meets requirements for graduation at WVNCC, students who do not meet the GPA (or other special) requirements at the transfer institution for admission to this baccalaureate program may not be admitted to the program until they are able to meet those requirements. Students should consult with an advisor at the transfer institution early in their program to check on this, and other requirements for admission to the baccalaureate program.
Important information: If a prospective student has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for any reason, State or National credentialing boards, licensing board and agencies, which require criminal background checks on potential employees and students may deny employment or placement in certain settings, even if all academic requirements have been completed. If a student has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, he/she should contact the appropriate Program Director or Division Chair.
CIP Code: 240199