PSW Program

About PSW Program

What You Will Learn In The Classroom:

The PSW program is designed to teach you how to effectively provide care and assistance to clients and families in order to live fulfilling lives in their communities. As a student of this program, you will develop a broad range of abilities emphasizing value, sensitivity and respect for the individuality of each client. You will also have the opportunity to participate in cross disciplinary and/or inter-professional learning opportunities with other members of the care and service team.

What You Will Learn In The Labs:

The PSW program includes a full hands-on lab where students practice common tasks of a PSW such as: meal preparation, household management, aiding with bathing and other aspects of personal hygiene, assisting with daily living activities and errands, administering medications, feeding, performing bedside and personal care, assisting with mobility, increasing the clients’ comfort and safety, communicating clearly and compassionately with clients, reporting accurately and performing light housekeeping duties.

What is a Personal Support Worker (PSW)

PSWs provide care, support and assistance to clients who are aging, chronically ill and/or have physical/mental disabilities. There’s never been a better time than now to become a PSW and play a vital role in assisting clients and their families with the many tasks for which they require assistance.

Duration of the program

The Personal Support Worker is a full time program comprising of 25 weeks.

A total of 700 hours in length including 390 hours of in-class learning and 310 hours of hands-on learning (Practicum).

PSW students complete two externships in a workplace environment. The first consists of 200 hours under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor at a long-term care facility. The second consists of 110 hours of practical job experience in the community. Field experiences often lead directly to employment after graduation.

The Practicum is in accordance with the guidelines set by the NACC. It allows students to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the theoretical learning.

Admissions Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or Equivalent: Foreign credentials must be translated in English and assessed for Grade 12 equivalency by a recognized organization, or Mature student with a score of 11 or more on the Wonderlic SLE
  • NACC Technical Literacy Exam (passing score of 18), or
  • IELTS – Int’l English Language Testing Services –Minimum score of 6.0 with no subject test score lower than 5.5; or
  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet based test (IBT)
  • Over 80 with the minimum of each component: Reading 20; Listening 20;Speaking 20; Writing 20

Practicum Requirements

  1. Valid Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer (Level C) CPR Certification
  2. Clear Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector within 45 days of commencement of study
  3. Medical Report within 45 days of commencement of study stating that the report is fit to complete all components of the program and has up-to-date immunization status
  4. Clear Covid-19 test within one week of commencing practicum and/or other expectations in accordance with Public Health requirements

Graduates of the Personal Support Worker program have obtained employment as:

  • Personal Support Worker (PSW)
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Personal Aides Live-in Caregiver
  • Personal Care Attendant
  • Child Care and Personal Support Worke

Upcoming start dates

April 05, 2021 September 24, 2021 MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
April 24, 2021 October 17, 2021 SAT, SUN 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
April 26, 2021 October 15, 2021 MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
May 22, 2021 October 22, 2021 MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
May 29, 2021 November 21, 2021 SAT, SUN 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
May 31, 2021 November 19, 2021 MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM