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Masters in Social Work Program at the University of Saint Joseph Receives Full Accreditation

UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM RECEIVES PROVISIONAL ACCREDITATION

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 10, 2016) – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) announced that its new Physician Assistant (PA) Program was granted Accreditation-Provisional status* by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).


This accreditation – the first in a multi-step accreditation process – allows USJ to enroll the inaugural class of its PA Program in January 2017.


“The University of Saint Joseph’s new Physician Assistant Program continues our institution’s 84-year tradition of providing quality, relevant education programs for our students. We are grateful for the support of the Accreditation Review Commission,” said Rhona Free, Ph.D., president of USJ.


USJ’s new PA Program is a 28-month, coeducational program focusing on collaborative approaches to patient-centered care that enhances treatment plans and can improve outcomes in a changing and evolving healthcare environment.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.  In addition, a recent report in Money Magazine listed the PA profession as the third most desirable profession in the U.S.


The USJ PA Program will be housed in Lourdes Hall on the University’s West Hartford campus, located at 1678 Asylum Avenue.

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University of Saint Joseph Physician Assistant Program Receives Provisional Accreditation

MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH RECEIVES FULL ACCREDITATION

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 14, 2016) – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) is pleased to announce that the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation has granted the University’s Masters in Social Work (MSW) program initial full accreditation at its November 2016 meeting.


For more than 80 years, USJ’s undergraduate Social Work program (BSW) has graduated influential social workers who make significant contributions to the region. With the launch of the MSW Program, USJ is engaged in a new era of professional training and responsiveness to the needs of communities.


The Sisters of Mercy founded USJ on the principle of serving those whose needs are not met within society. The University’s MSW program embraces this philosophy and offers an inventive and flexible program with high standards. It has several innovative features consistent with the University’s mission and purpose, including:


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.  In addition, a recent report in Money Magazine listed the PA profession as the third most desirable profession in the U.S.


The USJ PA Program will be housed in Lourdes Hall on the University’s West Hartford campus, located at 1678 Asylum Avenue.

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A unique concentration in community-engaged clinical social work practice.

Specializations in Health/Mental Health, Veteran’s Services, and Children and Families. As all of these areas of practice are forecasted to experience workforce shortages in the next 10 years, program graduates will be in demand.  

Courses delivered in a unique hybrid model that combines online work with weekly class meetings accommodate the schedules of adult learners and working students.

A variety of full- and part-time options are available to both traditional and advanced standing students (those with a degree from an accredited BSW program). 

Perhaps the most widely recognized and well-received innovation is the Student Unit field education model in which students work under the guidance of a University-employed Clinical Preceptor. Licensed social workers who serve as adjunct clinical professors and liaisons between the University and the agency, USJ’s MSW preceptors are specifically assigned to a field unit to provide clinical supervision to each student individually and to the group of students in the unit. This approach to field education provides students with a consistent and high-quality clinical education that thoroughly integrates classroom and field-based learning. Additionally, it allows alternative hour field placements for working students, as the supervision can be done at times of mutual convenience.


As the MSW program moves forward fully accredited, it will remain committed to pursuing innovative responses to the needs of communities, ultimately building a national model of excellence in Social Work education.

University of Saint Joseph to Present 2017 Munger Lecture: "Why Love Matters for Democracy and Justice: Thoughts on John Rawls and James Baldwin"

UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH TO PRESENT 2017 MUNGER LECTURE: "WHY LOVE MATTERS FOR DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE: THOUGHTS ON JOHN RAWLS AND JAMES BALDWIN

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (January 20, 2017) – The University of Saint Joseph will present the 2017 Munger Lecture, featuring Christopher Lebron, Ph.D., an assistant professor of African American Studies and Philosophy at Yale University. Dr. Lebron’s lecture, which is entitled “Why Love Matters for Democracy and Justice: Thoughts on John Rawls and James Baldwin,” will take place on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12 p.m. It will be held in McDonough Hall, Room 200 on the University’s West Hartford campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue. Admission is free and open to the general public and a light lunch will be provided.


Chris Lebron, Ph.D., holds a doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his interests include moral theory, political ethics, race, and method. His book, The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013, and was awarded First Book Prize by the American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory section. Oxford University Press will publish his second book, The Making of “Black Lives Matter”: A Brief History of an Idea, in 2017. He is currently working on a third book, which focuses on imagination, ethics, and racial egalitarianism. In addition, Dr. Lebron has been active in public forums discussing race, social justice, and democratic ethics, having contributed a number of pieces to The New York Times’ “The Stone” column, Boston Review, and other outlets.


For more information on the 2017 Munger lecture, contact Agnes Curry, Ph.D., professor of Philosophy, at 860-231-5224 or acurry@usj.edu.


About the Munger Lecture:


The Munger Lecture was established by Mary V. Munger, a University of Saint Joseph alumna who earned a B.A. in Mathematics in 1939, then went on to pioneering positions in engineering at Pratt and Whitney. The lecture series invites a guest lecturer to campus to address a topic or issue in contemporary ethics.

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