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B.S.W. and M.S.W. Licensing Information

Social work is a licensed profession in the states of Kansas and Missouri. In Kansas, the agency charged with regulating social work licensure is the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB). In the state of Missouri, it is Division of Professional Registration – State Committee for Social Workers. For more information, please contact the boards directly: BSRB in Kansas at 785-296-3240 and the State Committee for Social Workers in Missouri at 573-751-0885. BSW and MSW students who are in their last semester of degree requirements may start the process of applying for the appropriate level of licensure.

Every year in December the School provides a social work licensure info session for upcoming graduates. Dates and registration form for the next info session will be released in the fall. 

This learning session was designed for upcoming BSW and MSW social work graduates who are preparing for the social work licensure exam.  Through didactic presentation and small group process, participants will review the importance of social work licensure and discuss strategies for test preparation by reviewing study tools available through various sources and reviewing in small group sample practice exam questions. By the end of the session, participants should have a plan for future study that will include content, study guides, motivational factors and other supports needed to go in into the exam best prepared for success.
Note:  It is highly recommended that participants review the licensure requirements and the application process for Kansas and Missouri listed above prior to attending the info session as this material will not be specifically covered.
Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. To provide social work graduates with an overview of the importance of social work licensure and the practice implications.
  2. To introduce social work graduates to the application process for licensure in Kansas and Missouri.
  3. To assist social work graduates by providing information about the licensure exam including exam content and practice strategies using study guides and other learning materials.
  4. To assess needed areas of further study by reviewing test questions in small group and discussing rationale behind correct/incorrect answers.

Workshop Facilitators:
Social Work p.r.n

  • Kim Adams, LMSW (Lawrence/Edwards)                                                   
  • Sheri Hilger, LSCSW, LCSW (Lawrence/Edwards)            
  • LaVeeda Simmons, LMSW (Edwards)

KU School of Social Welfare

  • Sydney Spears, LSCSW, PhD (Edwards)
  • Dana Shafer, MSW, LCSW (Edwards)
  • Vicki Mignot (Lawrence)
  • Christian Boyd (Western Kansas)

Pass Rates

Each year hundreds of graduates of B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs around the country take one of several National Licensure Exams. Over the last 10 years, our students have done remarkably well in exceeding the national pass rates. In other words, the percentage of KU graduates who pass the exam is well above the percentage of all those who take the exam around the country. The chart below shows the latest (2017) pass rates for KU graduates compared with those who took the same exam NATIONALLY.

KU Graduates exceed national average for first-time pass rates on Licensure Exam

The KU School of Social Welfare faculty and Staff are committed to a quality education for students who will graduate and go on to become competent and compassionate social workers. The licensure exam is just one concrete measure of how well we do.

PowerPoint Presentations

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Social Welfare Events