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The Social Work Assistant Program at Zane State College

The Social Work Assistant program will prepare you to begin entry level employment as direct service provider in the field of Social Work. Social Work Assistants find employment in the areas of aging, mental health, addictions, developmental disabilities, healthcare, and work with families and children. Work opportunities are found in both public and private social service agencies and organizations.

As a graduate of the program, you may register as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Board. It may also be possible for students to apply for the first credential in the field of chemical dependency counseling as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) or as an Ohio Prevention Specialist Registered Applicant (RA).

The curriculum includes extensive exploration of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human development. In addition to this, you will develop skills in communication, problem assessment, documentation, case management, and group facilitation.

Successful students in this program demonstrate an interest in people, a capacity for empathy, an interest in social justice and a tolerance of intense emotional situations.

Applicants must have at least a high school diploma and take the College placement test (Accuplacer). >For Application Requirements in place of Written Interview – Interview with Program Director

As an SWA student, you can participate in the Social Work Assistant Club. The Club is very proud of the contributions made to our community. Students are encouraged to become actively involved in monthly meetings and activities. Some of the activities include:

  • Point in Time Homeless Count
  • Events related to recovery from substance abuse
  • Collaboration with the Area Agency on Aging to deliver AgePlay
  • Child Abuse Awareness activities 
  • Walk A Mile in My Shoes

Updated information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers Helping People with Disabilities: Working with Those in Need

Degree Details

Major: Social Work Assistant
: Associate of Applied Science
Location: On Campus
Duration: 2 Years
Type: Public Service
Course of Study: SWKA_COS_23_24

Program Video

Application and Program Materials


Stacie Curtis, scurtis@zanestate.edu


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