Become a Social Worker in Tennessee

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Tennessee, contact the Tennessee Social Work Licensing Board.

Tennessee law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW). The requirements are as follows:


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Tennessee LAPSW (Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker)

Tennessee LCSW

Tennessee LMSW

Tennessee LBSW (Licensed Bachelor Social Worker)

In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Tennessee, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Tennessee can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Tennessee social work licensure policies available to you.

Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information. Last updated 03/2015.

Tennessee Social Work Salary

Tennessee Social Work Salary
Tennessee Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $41,330
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $51,630
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $34,400
All Other Social Workers $51,060
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Tennessee is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 03/30/2016.

Tennessee Social Work Scholarships

National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Graduate Scholarship Program

Type: Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA) was established in 1941 with the purpose of uniting members to render charitable services that are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children, and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services. Today, the growing Association continues with the focus of meeting the needs of children and youth in keeping with the NAJA slogan: Care Today – Character Tomorrow.

Additional scholarship information is available on the national page of social work scholarships.

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