Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Animal Assisted Social Work, Certificate

The animal-assisted social work certificate is a 3 course (9 credit) plan to obtain specialized knowledge and skill in using therapy animals in professional practice settings.  Students will obtain hands-on, experiential learning in animal-assisted intervention with a variety of therapy and crisis response dogs.  Courses are designed to be manageable for the working professional as well as those who wish to embed these courses in their graduate program.  Each course is designed in a hybrid manner with online content and a single weekend in-person attendance requirement.  Summer options are also available so that students only come twice to campus for the three courses.  

To access Certificate Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.

Related Links

Animal Assisted Social Work, Certificate Program Page

Animal Assisted Social Work Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

  • Certificate GPA: 2.00 or higher
Required Courses
SOWK 740Animal-Assisted Social Work3
SOWK 744Animal-Assisted Crisis Response3
SOWK 742Animal-Assisted Social Work with Kids3
or SOWK 743 Animal-Assisted Social Work With Seniors
Total Hours9

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Animal-Assisted Social Work - CERT (9ASW)
Program is effective for Spring 2021
Revised 01.14.2021
UCC 09.29.2020