New from Marian University – if you have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and you would like to obtain a license in social work, Marian University of Wisconsin has a shorter path.  Marian is now certified by the Department of Safety and Professional Services to offer five “bridge courses,” so participants can qualify for the National Social Work licensing exam to become a licensed social worker.  The same is true for those who have a four-year degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

A bridge course is a course that helps one move from a practice in a different discipline.  Marian’s new program with the Social Work bridge courses was recently approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

“We’re excited to partner with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Safety to prepare more social workers to practice in the field,” said Brenda Stueber, Program Director and Associate Professor for Social Work at Marian University. “Especially now, when the need for social workers is the greatest.”

Marian University offers students the option of taking classes at Marian’s beautiful campus in Fond du Lac or taking classes online.  Because of the online option, the courses at Marian are open to qualifying students from any state.  “Marian’s program also has a unique flexibility, where students are able to shift from the on-campus classes to online classes,” said Stueber.  “We had a student who had a baby during her semester and was able to finish her social work degree online.”

The five bridge courses are:
Social Welfare Policy and Services
Social Work Methods: Individuals
Social Work Methods: Groups/Families
Social Work Methods: Comm./Org.
Human Behavior in the Social Environment

For more information about Marian University’s Social Work program and bridge courses:
Brenda Stueber, Program Director and Associate Professor for Social Work at Marian University: Email:, Phone: 920-923-8131

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