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Pacific Oaks College’s Online Bachelor of Social Work Program Earns Accreditation

Published on Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 5:58 am

Pacific Oaks College Online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program has earned accreditation, marking a significant stride in providing accessible and quality education to aspiring social work professionals. The program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), caters to the needs of a diverse and dynamic community.

The CSWE, an accrediting agency, ensures social work programs across the United States adhere to rigorous academic and professional standards. 

According to a statement by Pacific Oaks College, this milestone signifies that their social work degree program meets all accreditation standards in key areas: curriculum, faculty, field education, and student outcomes. The college believes that this development will have a profound impact on the community, opening up new avenues for those interested in the field of social work.

President Jack Paduntin of Pacific Oaks said he is proud of the recognition, and added the online program will help address critical shortages in the field of social work.

“For a college like Pacific Oaks that serves many adult learners, online degree programs such as these provide access to busy students looking to achieve educational goals and serve their community,” Paduntin said. “This is especially important during a time where we are seeing a massive shortage of social workers both nationally and in California.”

The Online BSW program’s curriculum will delve into vital facets of social work, including theory, practice, policy, and ethics. Through a blend of online coursework, field experiences, and mentorship from seasoned faculty, students are expected to acquire the practical proficiencies necessary to tackle intricate societal challenges and to effect positive change.

Pacific Oaks fosters a hands-on approach by situating students in practicum settings within their local communities, allowing for the application of social work theory into practice, aligned with Pacific Oaks’ core values of social justice and inclusivity.

The CSWE accreditation also augments prospects for graduates. Recognition by CSWE is widely respected in the social work domain where graduates are expected to be more competitive in the job market and better equipped for advanced degree programs.

Since 1945, Pacific Oaks College, a nonprofit institutionally accredited higher education institution, has continued its legacy of fostering educational excellence. The College offers a spectrum of bachelor’s and master’s programs across various disciplines. 

Its Pacific Oaks Children’s School pioneers advancements in early childhood education, promoting anti-bias education, emergent curriculum, and peaceful conflict resolution for children aged six months to five years.

For more information about the Online Bachelor of Social Work program, visit

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