MSW Distance Option - Bend Site
The Central Oregon MSW Distance Option campus is located in Bend, Oregon. Central Oregon has been one of the fastest growing ares in the state for the past decade. Located in Oregon's high desert country, the area offers an abundance of outdoor recreation activities, as well as an increasingly urban experience in the city of Bend. The MSW campus is located in a separate wing of the recently constructed Deschutes Juvenile and Community Justice building. Bend is about three hours to Portland by car and the regional airport is located in nearby Redmond.
The Central Oregon Distance Option is three years in duration, with classes held all three years on Fridays. Years two and three add two additional days of field practicum in one of the area's many social service agencies. All students receive direct supervision during their practicum by a qualified social worker.
The Bend Site follows a three-year prescribed curriculum. Click here for a sample grid.
The next Bend cohort will begin fall 2016.
Bend Site Coordinator
Gary Smith, M.S.W., has been the Central Oregon Site Coordinator since August, 2009. Gary graduated from the PSU School of Social Work and has had a distinguished career in Oregon's social service system, including serving as the mental health director for Multnomah, Tillamook, and Deschutes counties, as well as experience as the executive director of two non-profit agencies. Gary was honored to be named co-winner of Oregon's Social Worker of the Year award in 1998.
Gary W. Smith, M.S.W., Bend Site Coordinator o:(541) 389-9012 c:(541) 420-9946
63360 Britta, Bldg. 1
Bend, OR 97701