Personal Support Worker

Personal Support Worker

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate
Barrie , Owen Sound , South Georgian Bay

Program requirements

  • 7 Mandatory Courses
  • 2 Professional Practice Courses
  • 1 Communications Course
  • 1 General Education Course

Please note, there are currently no planned intakes for the part-time Personal Support Worker program.

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.

Current Course Offerings
Course Title Course Code ONTARIOLEARN EQUIVALENTS Mandatory
Conflict Resolution GNED2005  
Hlth Chall. - Continuing Care PSWR1039   Mandatory
Introduction To Psychology PSYL1001 PSYL1021 - Psychology Introduction (ODE)  
Lifestyle Management GNED2028  
Mental Health Challenges PSWR1040   Mandatory
Palliative Care PSWR1038   Mandatory
Professional Foundations PSWR1035   Mandatory
PSW Community Care PSWR1037   Mandatory
PSW Lab Skills PSWR1036   Mandatory
PSW Professional Practice 1 PSWR1041   Mandatory
PSW Professional Practice 2 PSWR1042   Mandatory
The Essential Body BIOL1014   Mandatory

Additional Info

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