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, Palliative Care and/or End of Life Care within the most recent 5 years.  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 do not meet the criteria 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.
  • FEE STRUCTURE: For those who belong to a professional organization supporting oncology social workers including the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Work (APOSW), American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), and Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) the 2-year certification fee is $125.

    For those who do not hold a professional membership supporting oncology social workers, the 2-year certification fee is $200.

    The Board feels strongly that participation in a professional organization helps to strengthen knowledge, community and leadership – all which align with our mission.

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