Healthcare & Medical

  • Description:  Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

    Typical Career path:  MSW - LSW/SWC - LCSW positions

    Sample Job Titles: Clinical Social Worker, Dialysis Social Worker, Director of Social Work, Hospice Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Nephrology Social Worker, Oncology Social Worker, Renal Social Worker, Social Work Case Manager, Social Worker

    Licensure: A license is often required for entry-level positions.  Graduates should consider obtaining their LSW (or SWC) & LCSW as soon as possible for job eligibility and promotion.  More information is available on the Licensure tab. *Note if you are a non-Colorado social worker, see the Licensure tab for your state licensure requirements.


    • NASW (National Association of Social Workers) - NASW & Co-Chapter
    • CSWA (Clinical Social Work Association) - CSWA
    • HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration) - HRSA
    • AOSW (Association of Oncology Social Workers) - AOSW
    • NHPCO (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) - NHPCO
    • CNSW (National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers) - CNSW
    • APHA (American Public Health Association) - APHA
    • CSCSW (Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work) - CSCSW *Learn about CSCSW in this  Video

    LinkedIn Groups – Virtual networking forums and groups certainly provide value within corporate enterprise.  Consider following several groups for trends, networking opportunities, job connections and more!

    • Social Work Research and Evaluation Practice Group – International
    • National Association of Social Workers – NASW’s Official Group
    • University of Denver:  Graduate School of Social Work

    Salary Statistics:  

    There are a number of salary scales available online; however, these resources are recommended.

    Additional salary tools that can assist from a specific agency or organization, for instance:

    • PCO – DU/GSSW Career Platform contains employer & salary information reported from GSSW graduates
    • LinkedIn - Salary Finder

    Job Boards: There are a number of job boards; however, these are some that are often use within this career field including:

    Video Resources

       Clinical Practice, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

       Social Workers in Public Health, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

         Working with Clients Experiencing Domestic Violence, Alumni Discussion - Event Recording 

        Centura Health Employer Info Session - Event Recording

    In the News:

      NY Times, 2021 article: 5 Healthcare Jobs on the Rise

    Resource Links:

This portfolio last updated: 18-Oct-2021 2:27 PM