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Personal Support Worker

Personal Support Worker Ontario College Certificate

What is Personal Support Worker?

This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to provide support services to people living at home, in long term care or acute care facilities, and to function as integral members of the health care team. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will have demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate with clients, families and members of the health care team. They will also have demonstrated their ability to provide safe and competent care for individual clients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. Personal Support Workers (PSWs) are unregulated health care providers who work under the supervision of a regulated health care professional or in the supported independent living environment under the direction of the client.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
PSWR
Length:
1 Year
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
2 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Location:
Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay
Start:

Fall - Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay

Winter - Barrie, Muskoka, Orangeville

Summer - Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay

Contact:
Barrie:

Casey Wilson

705-728-1968 ext. 1444

Collingwood:

Kelly Brown

705-728-1968 ext. 2932

Orangeville:

Siobhan Bell

705-728-1968 ext. 5669

Bracebridge:

Sandra Gallagher

705-728-1968 ext. 4811

Owen Sound:

Vickie Bruce

705-728-1968 ext. 2058

This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to provide support services to people living at home, in long term care or acute care facilities, and to function as integral members of the health care team. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will have demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate with clients, families and members of the health care team. They will also have demonstrated their ability to provide safe and competent care for individual clients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. Personal Support Workers (PSWs) are unregulated health care providers who work under the supervision of a regulated health care professional or in the supported independent living environment under the direction of the client.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • act within the personal support worker role, under supervision, and by following care/service plans and established policies and procedures


  • participate as a member of care/service teams in both community and institutional settings


  • use, under supervision, basic knowledge, care/service plans, and established policies and procedures


  • provide client-centered and client- directed care under supervision and by following care/service plans and established policies and procedures, in both community and institutional settings


  • make, collect, and report to the supervisor relevant observations in an ongoing and timely manner and record this information promptly


  • support the client's personal care requirements by following care/service plans and established policies and procedures


  • support the client's home management services by following care/service plans and established policies and procedures


  • communicate effectively and appropriately using oral, written, and nonverbal methods


  • assist in the promotion and maintenance of a safe and comfortable environment for clients, their families, self, and others


  • perform the personal support worker role in an ethical manner and within the law


  • develop environmental awareness and implement related initiatives relevant to the profession.
Fall Intake - Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay

Sem 1 | Sem 2

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Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017

Winter Intake - Barrie, Muskoka, Orangeville

Semester 1 | Semester 2

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Winter | Summer

2017 | 2017

Summer Intake - Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay

Sem 1 | Sem 2

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Summer | Fall

2017 | 2017

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent

Grade 12 English (C ) or ( U ) (ENG4C, ENG4U) is strongly recommended and will be used in selection. Also recommended: Grade 11 College Biology (SBI3C).

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications

- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

7 Mandatory Courses

2 Professional Practice Courses

1 Communications Course

1 General Education Course

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

BIOL1014 The Essential Body
PSWR1025 The PSW in the Community
PSWR1026 Supportive Care 1
PSWR1027 Professional Foundations of PSW 1
PSWR1029 Health Challenges
PSWR1030 Supportive Care 2
PSWR1031 Professional Foundations of PSW 2
Professional Practice Courses
PSWR1033 PSW Professional Practice 1 Long Term Care
PSWR1034 PSW Professional Practice 2 Community
Communications Course
To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Course
To be selected from College list

Clinical Placement Requirements:

In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from all clinical placements. Student practicum placements will involve working the same shifts as the PSWs in the practicum agency. For example, day shifts may start as early as 6:00 a.m. and evening shifts may finish at 11:00 p.m.

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical placement facilities.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must have:

- a completed Clinical Preparedness Permit

- current (within 1 year) Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program. Level HCP CPR must be renewed annually while in the program.

- a current police check including a vulnerable sector screen (see Criminal Reference Check below).

- a record of mask fit test (will be done at the college in semester one). Mask fit testing must be renewed every 2 years.

** CRIMINAL REFERENCE CHECK **

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the students responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

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For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Barrie

Contact:
Casey Wilson
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1444

Collingwood

Contact:
Kelly Brown
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 2932

Orangeville

Contact:
Siobhan Bell
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 5669

Bracebridge

Contact:
Sandra Gallagher
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 4811

Owen Sound

Contact:
Vickie Bruce
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 2058

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