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LSU Social Work Graduates Ahead of the Curve on Licensing Exam

Surpass state, national pass-rates

12/17/2012 12:39 PM

BATON ROUGE – First-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker exam rates for LSU School of Social Work graduates taking the exam in 2011 surpassed both the state and national averages with an 81-percent pass rate in the Association of Social Work Board exams. The state average is 71 percent and the national average is 78 percent.  

“We are very pleased with our continued high performance on licensure pass rates,” said Daphne Cain, director of the School of Social Work. “These student outcomes are evidence of our flagship status.”

Kathryn Loveless of Natchitoches, a counselor in the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, described the education she received from the School of Social Work, along with guidance from faculty, staff and supervisors, as “invaluable” in her professional and personal life.

“I believe the combination of a knowledgeable and engaging faculty and staff, the intensive supervision and experience gained through internships, and supervision required for licensure are the reasons why I passed the exam on my first attempt,” Loveless said.

Additionally, LSU graduates taking the Licensed Master’s Social Worker exam for the first time in 2011 far surpassed the state’s pass rates. LSU saw a 78-percent passing rate with the state overall having a 57-percent pass rate. The national pass rate is 83 percent.

Whereas licensing requirements vary from state to state, licensing is mandatory in all states.

The LSU School of Social Work is celebrating 75 years of offering social work graduate education and boasts over 5,000 alumni. The school currently offers the only Ph.D. program in social work in the state and regularly offers continuing education programs for practitioners.

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The School of Social Work is one of six schools in the College of Human Sciences & Education.  For more information about the College of Human Sciences & Education visit

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