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The Best Schools in the USA for Gerontology Social Work

by Tiffany Smith, studioD

Social workers assist people by finding programs and assistance for different areas of their lives. Social workers with a concentration in gerontology work with seniors in nursing and assisted living facilities and their families to find the best care and programs to provide a comfortable life. The best schools for gerontology social work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, provide ample hands-on opportunities and offer students support programs such as career assistance to aid in their work in school and after graduation.

Washington University in St. Louis

Ranked first in "U.S. News & World Report’s" top social work schools for 2014, Washington University in St. Louis’ George Warren Brown’s School of Social Work offers several stellar options in gerontology social work. Students may choose an M.S.W. with gerontology concentration on its own or M.S.W. duel program which allows students to additionally earn a Bachelor of Science or additional graduate degree simultaneously. This school boasts several paid internship positions in addition to research assistant positions for current students. Career assistance is available for current students as well to aid in finding part-time work and work-study within the field of gerontology that provides both financial assistance and experience.

University of Michigan

University of Michigan’s School of Social Work offers an M.S.W. with concentration in aging in families and society. Also ranked first for "U.S. News & World Report’s" best social work graduate school for 2014, this program offers students abundant opportunities to practice within the field of gerontology during the program. UM also offers a Specialist in Aging Certificate to social work students in any field who wish to broaden their work in gerontology. Alumni are provided with career assistance as well as access to the vast continuing education department to further their professional development.

University of Washington

University of Washington, ranked 2014’s third best sociology school in the nation by "U.S. News & World Report," offers students a certificate in gerontology to social work students and graduates. This program may be taken entirely online, allowing working professionals a chance to broaden their skills with a flexible schedule. The M.S.W. program available combines family, elder care and child specialties into one multigenerational practice concentration. For a more focused education in gerontology, the certificate program may be combined with the M.S.W. All social work programs offer an exceptional continuing education department for graduates.

The University of California, Berkeley

Ranked top sociology school, seventh in social work and second in top public schools for 2014 by "U.S. News & World Report," the University of California, Berkeley, offers an accredited M.S.W. program with concentration in direct practice in gerontology services. Students focus on case management, advocacy, and intervention techniques for aging adults and their families. Options in the program include a certificate for students who have already completed an M.S.W. program. UC Berkeley also offers a dual M.S.W. and Ph.D. program in social work with concentrations in gerontology. Berkeley offers students and alumni extensive career and professional development assistance such as workshops, continuing education courses and career placement.

About the Author

Based in Northern California, Tiffany Smith has been writing professionally for more than 10 years. She holds a Master of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Arts in English and an Associate of Arts in liberal arts. She is obtaining her Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed. Leadership currently, and teachers English composition, literature, leadership, communications and education.

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