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Educational Programs


Baccalaureate Accredited Programs

Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN 37044
Phone: 931-221-7504
Fax: 931-221-6440
Website: www.apsu.edu/socialwork/
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Belmont University
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615-460-5540
Fax: 615-460-6944
Website: www.belmont.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: 423-439-6010
Fax: 423-439-6010
Website: www.etsu.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Freed-Hardeman University
Henderson, TN 38340
Phone: 731-989-6641
Fax: 731-989-6065
Website: www.fhu.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Lincoln Memorial University
Harrogate, TN 37752
Phone: 423-869-6323
Fax: 423-869-6455
Website: www.imunte.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: 615-279-5702
Fax: 615-269-1830
Website: www.lipscomb.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Phone: 615-898-2868
Fax: 615-898-5428
Website: www.mtsu.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Southern Adventist University
Collegedale, TN 37315
Phone: 423-236-2630
Fax: 423-236-1768
Website: swfs.southern.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: 615-963-7668
Fax: 615-963-7669
Website: www.TnState.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Union University
Jackson, TN 38305
Phone: 731-661-5397
Fax: 731-661-5566
Website: www.uu.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901-678-2615
Fax: 901-678-2981
Website: cas.memphis.edu/socialwork/
Accreditation Status: Accredited

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-425-4266
Fax: 423-425-5564
Website: www.utc.edu/socialwork
Accreditation Status: Accredited

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-3176
Fax: 865-974-4803
Website: www.csw.utk.edu/
Accreditation Status: Accredited

University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238
Phone: 731-587-7513
Fax: 731-587-7751
Website: www.utm.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited


BSW Programs with Candidacy Status
Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, TN 37210
Accreditation Status: Candidacy


Master Accredited Programs

East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: 423-439-6011
Fax: 423-439-6010
Website: etsu.edu
Accreditation Status: Accredited

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-3176
Fax: 865-974-4803
Website: www.utk.edu/
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Union University
Jackson, TN 38305
Phone: 731-661-5397
Fax: 731-661-5566
Website: www.uu.edu    
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Southern Adventist University
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315
Accreditation Status: Accredited


MSW Programs with Candidacy Status

Mid-Tennessee Collaborative (Austin Peay State U, Middle Tennessee State U, and Tennessee State U)
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Accreditation Status: Candidacy

University of Memphis
Memphis, TN
Phone: 901-678-2615
Fax: 901-678-2981
Website: www.memphis.edu/socialwork/
Accreditation Status: Candidacy


For additional Accredited Programs visit: www.cswe.org


(Updated February 2013)

Continuing Education


Continuing Education

Failure to comply with continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action against the licensee. The disciplinary action will be reported on the Department of Health license verification web site.

Basic Requirements – Every licensed social worker is required to complete continuing education during each calendar year.

  • Newly licensed baccalaureate social workers and licensed masterl social worker applicants shall be considered to have sufficient preparatory education to be substituted for the required hours of continuing education for the remainder of the calendar year in which the education requirements were completed.

Requirements for licensed baccalaureate social worker:

  • For each calendar year, nine (9) hours are required.
  • Four (4) of the nine (9) hours shall be in social work.
  • Three (3) of the nine (9) hours shall be in professional ethics.
  • Two (2) of the nine (9) hours shall be in either social work or professional ethics.
  • Those licensees who hold more than one (1) category of licensure to practice social work must separately satisfy the continuing education requirements for each level of licensure.

Requirements for licensed master social worker:

  • For each calendar year, twelve (12) hours are required.
  • Seven (7) of the twelve (12) hours shall be in social work.
  • Three (3) of the twelve (12) hours shall be in professional ethics.
  • Two (2) of the twelve (12) hours shall be in either social work or professional ethics.
  • Those licensees who hold more than one (1) category of licensure to practice social work must separately satisfy the continuing education requirements for each level of licensure.

Requirements for licensed advanced practice social worker and licensed clinical social worker.

  • For each calendar year, fifteen (15) hours are required.
  • Ten (10) of the fifteen (15) hours shall be in social work.
  • Three (3) of the fifteen (15) hours shall be in professional ethics.
  • Two (2) of the fifteen (15) hours shall be in either social work or professional ethics.
  • Those licensees who hold more than one (1) category of licensure to practice social work must separately satisfy the continuing education requirements for each level of licensure.

Social Work Continuing Education is  considered to be those preplanned/formalized activities with written learning objectives that are directed at developing and enhancing an individual’s awareness of professional ethics and an individual’s social work knowledge base and service delivery skills in the applicable areas of social work planning, administration, education, research or direct service with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

  • These activities may include short academic courses, courses audited at accredited colleges and universities, workshops, seminars, conferences, and lectures oriented toward enhancements of professional ethics awareness and of social work practice, values, skills and knowledge for the purpose of accomplishing specific written learning objectives.
  • Multi-Media courses may be taken for continuing education credit. Multi-media learning activities must have specific learning objectives, be presented by a qualified presenter, have a method to verify completion of the learning experience and include the issuance of verification of the completion of the continuing education.
  • Multi-Media course may include courses utilizing The Internet, Closed circuit television, Satellite broadcast, Correspondence courses, Videotapes, CD-Rom, DVD, Teleconferencing, Videoconferencing or Distance learning.

A maximum of two-thirds (2/3) of a licensee’s credit hours may be taken via multi-media courses during a calendar year.

Clock Hour – A clock hour represents actual time in continuing education activity. (Providers who measure continuing education activities in “continuing education units” shall define CEU in clock hours.)

Acceptable continuing education shall consist of seminars, workshops, or mini-courses
oriented to the awareness of professional ethics and to the enhancement of social
work practice, values, skills, and knowledge for the purpose of accomplishing specific
written learning objectives.

  • Cross-disciplinary offerings from medicine, law, administration, education and the behavioral sciences are acceptable, if they are clearly related to the awareness of professional ethics and to the enhancement of social work practices, values, skills, and knowledge.
  • In-service training can be provided by the employer using presenters from the staff or from outside agencies.
  • Attendance at educational events sponsored by national, state, regional, or local professional associations in the field or events related to the practice of the profession for which a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education grants CEU’s is acceptable. Providers who measure continuing education activities in “continuing education units” shall define CEU in clock hours.
  • Master or doctoral level social work courses or social work related courses in  mental health, administration, health and social research, psychology, sociology, human growth and development, child and family development, counseling and guidance taken for credit or audited from a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education and baccalaureate level social work courses or social work related courses such as mental health, administration, health and social research, psychology, sociology, human growth and development, child and family development, counseling and guidance taken for credit or audited from a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education are acceptable for licensed baccalaureate social workers.
  • Presentation for the first time of an academic social work course, in-service training  workshop or seminar, or other professional seminar.
  • Preparation for the first time of a professional social work paper published in a recognized professional journal or given for the first time at a statewide or national professional meeting.

Note: Please refer to Rule 1365-01-.09 for additional continuing education information.

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