Clinical Social Work & Behavioral Medicine Certificate Program

Sample Program Plans for Full-time Students Considering First- or Second-year Admissions

Please note that part-time students will plan individually with the Program Director. Students who have tested out of Research 1 or any other required course and have an opening in their spring schedule should definitely apply first year to take advantage of the opportunity to do the Behavioral Medicine coursework in the best possible sequence. Be advised that the School of Graduate Medical Sciences makes changes to their schedules that can affect when courses are offered. They work hard to meet the scheduling needs of all students; however, CSWBM students must be prepared to alter their field schedules and other course selections to accommodate the GMS schedule as needed.

CSWBM Certificate First Year “Fast Track” Admission Sample Program Plan (with at least two core courses taken at School of Medicine; one SSW summer session; total 68 credits)

Year 1/Semester 1/Fall

  • Intro to Clinical Practice   3 cr
  • Intro to Macro Practice     3 cr
  • Social Welfare Policy 1    3 cr
  • Human Behavior/Social Environment  3 cr
  • Field Education 1     3 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 15

Year 1/Semester 2/Spring

  • CP with individuals   2 cr
  • CP with groups     2 cr
  • CP with families   2 cr
  • Social Welfare Policy 2    3 cr
  • Research I             3 cr
  • SSW HB751 Human Neuropsychology 3 cr (this counts as a SSW HB elective and also meets the CSWBM requirement for a neuroscience course) OR GMS MH 709 Neuroscience for Mental Health Professionals 3 cr (taken at BU School of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences, on medical school campus)
  • Field Education 2              3 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 33

Summer Term (one course only)

  • Social Welfare Policy elective (Category A) 3 cr   OR
  • Racial Justice    3 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 36

Year 2/Semester 1/Fall

  • Research 2      3 cr
  • Social Welfare Policy elective OR Racial Justice   3 cr
  • GMS MH 810 Psychopharmacology 3 cr  (must be taken at BU School of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences, on medical school campus)
  • Adult Psychopathology (Category B)     3 cr
  • Field Education 3        4 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 52

Year 2/Semester 2/Spring

  • GMS MH 714 Behavioral Medicine/Applied Health Psychology 3 cr (must be taken at BU School of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences, on medical school campus)
  • Professional Ethics 3 cr
  • CSWBM-Related Clinical Elective** 3 cr
  • Advanced Clinical Elective 3 cr
  • Field Education 4      4 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits    68 (Degree & Certificate Granted)

** Clinical course must be “related” to Certificate Program but can be taken at either SSW or BUSM; will function as a Cat. C

 

CSWBM Certificate Second Year Admission “Regular Admission”(with three  core courses taken at School of Medicine, two SSW summer session courses, total 71 credits)

Year 1/Semester 1/Fall

  • Intro to Clinical Practice    3 cr
  • Intro to Macro Practice      3 cr
  • Social Welfare Policy 1     3 cr
  • Human Behavior/Social Environment 3 cr
  • Field Education 1      3 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 15

Year 1/Semester 2/Spring

  • CP with individuals     2 cr
  • CP with groups           2 cr
  • CP with families         2 cr
  • Social Welfare Policy 2      3 cr
  • HB required elective      3 cr
  • Research 1      3 cr
  • Field Education 2       3 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 33

Summer Term (two courses)

  • Social Welfare Policy elective (Category A)  3 cr
  • Racial Justice    3 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 39

Year 2/Semester 1/Fall

  • Research 2        3 cr
  • GMS MH 810 Psychopharmacology 3 cr (must be taken at BU School of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences, on medical school campus)
  • CSWBM-Related Clinical Elective ** (Cat C)     3 cr
  • Advanced Clinical Elective 3 cr
  • Field Education 3        4 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 55

Year 2/Semester 2/Spring

  • GMS MH 714 Behavioral Medicine/Applied Health Psychology 3 cr (must be taken at BU School of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences, on medical school campus)
  • GMS MH 709 Neuroscience for Mental Health Professionals 3 cr (must be taken at BU School of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences, on medical campus)
  • Professional Ethics 3 cr
  • Adult Psychopathology (Category B) 3 cr
  • Field Education 4     4 cr
  • Total Cumulative Credits 71 (Degree & Certificate Granted)

** Course must be “related” to Certificate Program but can be taken at either SSW or BUSM; functions as Cat C.