Avila’s Social Work Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1974.
Avila's Social Work department's accreditation was recently reaffirmed in 2006. The Council's Site Visitor's report identified twelve outstanding aspects of the Avila BSW department in its report to the Commission on Accreditation.
The Council's Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation for BSW and MSW students and ensuring that social work programs meet them. This organization administers a multi step accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.
Programs accredited by CSWE help assure students that they are receiving the highest standard of social work education.
Receiving a BSW from an accredited school is also a requirement for licensure in most states. In addition, graduating from an accredited school with a BSW enables a student to apply for advanced standing in MSW programs; sometimes shortening their graduate studies to one year post BSW.