The University of Nevada, Reno, School of Social Work has an advisement program to support and direct pre-professional and professional sequence students in their learning and to screen students according to professional standards and requirements. As a first step, interested students are encouraged to attend a BSW Information Session. These are held monthly; please contact Candace Bortolin for the current schedule. It is very important that social students see their advisor once each semester. During these meetings, the advisor and student typically review the student's academic work, discuss areas of weakness and strengths (e.g., writing skills), field practicum interests, graduation requirements, scholarships, as well as employment and career opportunities. Beyond this, students are encouraged to see their advisor when academic guidance or support is needed.
Given the rising costs of tuition and Nevada's workforce needs, the School of Social Work is committed to providing students opportunities to complete their degrees in an efficient and expedient manner. Reflective of this commitment, students pursuing the BSW degree who have completed all of the University and Departmental Core requirements may request an exception to the prescribed program of study. To make such a request, students must meet with the School of Social Work BSW Academic Advisor to determine if following the prescribed pre-professional course sequence extends the graduation timeline and/or unnecessarily increases the number of credits the student must take.
Pre-professional students receive advising through the Health Sciences Advising Center.