Personal Support Worker Develop your skills during placements. Become an integral part of a health care team. Graduate job-ready or pursue further studies.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Certificate

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Muskoka, Owen Sound, Orangeville, Barrie
Winter 2019 Orangeville, South Georgian Bay, Barrie
Summer 2019 Owen Sound

Program description

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, students learn to effectively communicate with clients, families and members of the health care team, and to provide safe and competent care for individual clients 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.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

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.


View the Personal Support Worker articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • BIOL1014 The Essential Body
  • PSWR1035 Professional Foundations
  • PSWR1036 PSW Laboratory Skills
  • PSWR1037 PSW Community Care
  • PSWR1038 Palliative Care
  • PSWR1039 Health Challenges and Continuing Care
  • PSWR1040 Mental Health Challenges and Continuing Care

Professional Practice Courses

  • PSWR1041 PSW Professional Practice 1
  • PSWR1042 PSW Professional Practice 2

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