Social Work


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TMCC’s Associate of Arts degree in Social Work is designed for students seeking careers in social work or related fields. This is a profession in which you will most likely pursue a bachelors or masters in social work and TMCC’s program is a great place to get started. You can complete your first two years with TMCC and then transfer to UNR or another university to take the next step in your education. 

Social work is the profession for you if you have a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. This career generally attracts people who are interested in creating positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities. Social workers help clients identify their strengths and concerns, consider effective solutions, and find reliable resources. People who are conscientious, empathetic, caring, dedicated, and passionate will do well within this profession. It is important to also note that social work has its challenges, and the successful social worker must be strong enough to manage clients who are difficult or combative and to advocate for clients who face extremely challenging circumstances. However, the emotional rewards that come with helping clients overcome these hurdles can also be significant, and this is what keeps social workers engaged in their field.

Social Workers may tackle tasks such as:

  • Helping clients find and apply for public assistance programs
  • Assisting families in which a member is too aged or otherwise incapacitated to care for him or herself
  • Helping a child or teen find refuge from an abusive home

No matter the specific role the social worker chooses, a primary goal of the profession is to empower clients with the best resources and guidance they can provide.

Why Choose Social Work at TMCC?

TMCC’s Social Work major offers several key advantages:

  • Our Associate of Arts degree is designed to seamlessly to transfer to UNR. You will complete your lower-division courses at TMCC and then transfer to UNR to complete a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.
  • Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 16% in the US and 18% in Nevada through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Most courses are offered both in-person and online so that you can choose the options that best support your learning style and schedule.
  • TMCC’s small class sizes give you the optimal opportunity to learn and discuss the material and get the personalized help you need to be successful in college.

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What Will I Study?

The Social Worker degree requirements include a well-balanced general education curriculum along with program-specific courses which will provide you with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and an overview of modern practice in social work. The Social Work curriculum is very interdisciplinary and includes courses in social work, substance abuse, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, communications, economics, lifespan human development, critical thinking and reasoning, psychology and abnormal psychology, social welfare, history and policy and more!

This course of study is designed as a university transfer program that meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the B.S.W in social work at UNR. In addition, students have the possibility to begin work on a minor in addiction treatment services at UNR. Students wishing to transfer to any other baccalaureate program should work closely with TMCC advisors and advisors at the institution of transfer to obtain recommended courses for transfer.

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When I was a senior in high school, I was taken in at a homeless and runaway youth shelter after being abused by a family member and the police were unable to do anything about it. That’s when I realized how few rights minors truly had and how unjust our current system is. That experience is what lead me from my original plan of becoming an engineer to my current goal of becoming a social worker. I decided I wanted to represent the underrepresented! TMCC has given me that opportunity in a program where I am now able to afford to obtain higher education.

Abigail, TMCC Social Work Major

Career Paths

The field of social work offers a broad range of opportunities and settings for your career. Social workers are found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, the military, legislative bodies, police departments, courts, and countless other interesting workplaces.

As a social worker you will have an opportunity to choose a focus area from a wide variety of specializations including, but not limited to:

  • Child, Family and School Social Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Community Social Worker
  • Social Work Administrator
  • Social Work Researcher
  • Social Work Planner
  • Social Work Policymaker

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