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Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota

Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota
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Noodle Staff February 15, 2018

Becoming a licensed clinical social worker in Minnesota requires certain education levels, hours of clinical service, and possibly other requirements.

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When considering a career as a licensed clinical social worker in Minnesota, and evaluating potential educational programs, you should enroll at a CSWE accredited program. Depending on the job, Minnesota may require that candidates have a degree from CSWE accredited MSW program.

An example accredited social work program by the CSWE is the Online Masters of Social Work at Tulane University which has trained social workers since 1914. Tulane University’s MSW program helps prepare students to pass their clinical exams (84%) as well as their Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) exams (81%). Visit here to learn more about Tulane University and their online Master of Social Work program.

In Minnesota, the average salary for licensed clinical social workers is $47,322. For social workers who have a master’s degree, the average salary is $51,336. And for those with a doctoral degree, the average salary is $70,209.

Social workers in Minnesota also benefit from promising long-term career prospects, with demand for social workers expected to grow by 15 percent.

Currently, there are 17,652 open positions in Minnesota for social workers. In fact, the following health centers are currently recruiting to hire social workers, with a preference for those with a masters degree, or concurrently enrolled in a masters program.

  •         State of Minnesota
  • Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
  • Allina Health System
  • The Mentor Network
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

When considering a masters level education to become a licensed clinical social worker in Minnesota, or to advance your career as a Minnesota social worker, you should investigate the details of respective programs.

For example, most programs include a core of general courses, yet vary tremendously in how they prepare students for various advanced practice roles. Find a school to get started on your journey to becoming a licensed clinical social worker in Minnesota.

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