Vermont State University’s Medical Settings Concentration with the Social Work B.S.W. program prepares you to offer support to patients and their families related to healthcare. As a healthcare social worker, you could serve in a variety of ways, such as assisting with a transition from hospital to home care or organizing a support group for family members of patients with a terminal diagnosis.
In this concentration, you’ll complement your knowledge in psychology and sociology gained through the B.S.W. core courses with a choice of courses exploring the dynamics of care and the nature of client needs in different healthcare contexts. The program provides an excellent foundation for further studies or entry-level medical social work positions in hospitals, clinics, government agencies, and other health-related settings.
We understand that the cost and value of your education is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most affordable colleges in Vermont and why more than 80% of our students receive aid. We're here to help you fit this program into your unique financial picture. Contact this program's Admissions Counselor any time to discuss what types of financial aid are right for you.
Combined with scholarships and aid, a Vermont State education is within reach for students from all financial backgrounds. Speak with our Admissions Counselor to estimate what your true out-of-pocket costs might be for this program.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Social Work
$9,984 Full Time Annual
$19,992 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,416 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$7,830 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,068 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
Why Study Medical Settings at Vermont State
Flexible Focus: Choose from the concentration courses to tailor your learning to the areas within medical social work that interest you most. Courses cover global health, sexuality, terminal illness, end-of-life care, and more.
Field Placement: Apply what you’re learning in the classroom and grow your skills under mentorship with an in-depth, on-the-job experience in your final year.
Strong Job Outlook: The healthcare sector in the U.S. is expected to continue to see strong growth in the years ahead as our population ages. The kind of support services offered by healthcare social workers will be in strong demand.
What You’ll Learn
In this concentration, you will:
Prepare to address a variety of patient and family needs that arise in the context of healthcare, in clinical and non-clinical settings.
Complement your classroom learning with extensive hands-on experience in a field placement.
Study healthcare systems from a global perspective.
Build focused knowledge in areas like healthy aging and end-of-life care to sharpen your career focus.
Outside the Classroom, In the Community
You’ll gain extensive first-hand experience in a field placement in a healthcare setting to complement your classroom learning and build practical skills. Recent placements for students in the program have included Genesis Mountain View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through May 2029, ensuring it will provide you with the foundational skills, knowledge, and values for social work employment or to continue your studies in graduate school.