Requirements of OSW-C

  • You must have a Master of Social Work diploma (MSW/MSSW/MSSA) from a Council on Social Work Education accredited (CSWE) program.  Non-CSWE accredited MSW program degrees and MSW schools/programs in candidacy are not eligible for OSW-C. 

  • All candidates must have at least 6,240 hours of paid MSW social work experience post master’s degree specifically in Oncology Social Work within the most recent 5 years.  Non-oncology social work experience, volunteer work, internships and any other non-employed work experience do not count toward the 6,240 hours.

  • In your current oncology social work position:

    • If you are employed full-time (32 – 40 hours per week), your oncology social work position must be a minimum of 50% of your current work
    • If you are employed part-time (20 – 31 hours per week), your oncology social work position must be 100% of your current work

    Oncology social work loads of less than 20 paid hours per week do not meet the criteria for OSW-C.

  • For non-direct/non-clinical work such as program development, clinical supervision, research and/or teaching, a minimum of 50% of your current full-time workload (defined as 32-40 hours per week) must be spent in work/programs specifically focused on Oncology in the last three years prior to application. Please submit formal documentation and description of projects, supervision provided and/or course syllabus specific to Oncology, and a statement from your supervisor attesting to your specific involvement in Oncology.

    Non-direct/non-clinical social work oncology specific workloads less than 32 hours per week for OSW-C.

  • You must have an active state-issued social work license.

  • You must demonstrate involvement in at least two oncology related community and/or leadership activities such as:

    • Proof of community involvement through leadership or organizing programs offered through ACS, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Cancer Support Community, etc.
    • Proof of facilitation or co-facilitation of a support group for individuals impacted by cancer.
    • Proof of individual involvement in ongoing formal oncology-related educational presentations in the community and non-CEU oncology-related presentations.
    • Proof of oncology-specific formal presentations to social work and/or interdisciplinary colleagues in your own settings (excluding care rounds and case conferences).
    • Proof of demonstrated preceptorship of an MSW/DSW level social work student in an oncology setting.
    • Proof of demonstrated participation in some aspect of research in oncology– for example cancer survivorship.
    • Proof of demonstrated active leadership role in AOSW, APOS or APOSW through committees, SIG activities, Board membership, State Representative, etc.
    • Proof of participation in your institution’s Cancer Committee.
    • Proof of active individual participation in oncology community prevention and screening programs.
    • Proof of oncology-related publication in oncology-related newsletters, lay magazines or newspapers.
    • Proof of new program development to meet a new need or enhance patient care.
    • Proof of grant writing.
    • Proof of facilitating a Patient/Family Advisory Council.
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