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.