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Associate in Arts Degree in Social Work

Contribute to the flourishing of individuals and community support systems with an Associate in Arts in Social Work (A.A.) degree. At Northampton Community College, you’ll apply your values like social justice, human dignity and serving others to courses in social work foundations and the liberal arts.

Offered at our Bethlehem and Monroe campuses in PA, as well as online, the Social Work associate’s degree equips you for dynamic, diverse, versatile, action- and change-oriented professional settings designed to better individuals and our society.

This associate’s degree in Social Work offers you an affordable start to your social work education: you can save thousands of dollars per semester by completing two years of study at NCC before transferring to a bachelor’s degree program.

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Semesters: 4
Credits: 60
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Campus: Bethlehem|Monroe|FullyOnline
Program Type: Associate in Arts

At NCC, we focus on the core of the social work profession: social justice and positively impacting the lives of others. Our liberal arts curriculum gives you a broad foundation in human behavior, society and the perspectives that shape our communities. Courses in psychology, history, English and biology grant you new insights into the values and skills of social work practice in the United States and around the world. 

Most positions in the field of social work require a bachelor's degree. You may establish foundational skills in our affordable program before transferring to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree.


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You’ll have access to flexible learning opportunities on our Bethlehem and Monroe campuses, as well as online course offerings. You’ll collaborate with your peers in classrooms and through the Social Work Club, and your supporting advisor and faculty mentors will help guide your educational path.

Prepare for a meaningful career at a low cost with NCC’s Social Work associate’s degree. Here, you can complete the first two years of a four-year Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree at a fraction of the cost. We have B.S.W. transfer agreements with Cedar Crest College, Alvernia College, Kutztown University, Marywood University, Millersville University and Misericordia University, and you can consult your advisor regarding other potential B.S.W. programs. We also have a course-for-course agreement with East Stroudsburg University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Service Administration (B.S.) program.

Learn more about why you should study at NCC?

Completing an associate’s degree in Social Work at Northampton Community College can drastically reduce the overall cost of your social work education. Our tuition and fees are some of the most affordable in the region. On top of the low upfront costs, you can also take advantage of NCC’s substantial financial aid and scholarship opportunities—we have one of the largest community college scholarship programs in Pennsylvania!


Social Work Career Opportunities

Social work is a growing field, and compassionate, skilled social workers are in high demand. Social workers with an A.A. credential earn an average annual salary of $37,610, and licensed social workers can make an average of $50,390 per year. You can practice social work in a variety of settings, such as:

Future Career Paths

  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health Agencies and Hospitals
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Veteran Services
  • Aging Services
  • Counseling Centers
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Group Homes
  • Government
  • Homeless Assistance Programs
  • Hospice Centers
  • Addiction Treatment Programs
  • Child Welfare Agencies
  • Schools
  • Assisted Living and Nursing Homes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Adoption Agenices
  • Military Bases
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Community Organizations

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Apply to NCC’s Social Work Associate Degree Program

Start your journey toward an impactful career in social work through Northampton Community College’s affordable in-person and online associate’s degree in Social Work. You’ll establish foundational skills in social work and a broad basis in the liberal arts as you prepare to transfer to a four-year B.S.W. program.