Course Description


PSW164  PROFESSIONALISM & CROSSCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

This course introduces the role and responsibilities of the Personal Support Worker in long term care, rest homes, community, and hospital settings. The role and scope of practice of the PSW is examined in depth. The student will develop knowledge and a better understanding of the role of cultural diversity in communication, health and illness. Elements of communication (verbal and written), therapeutic skills, relationships, communication concepts and strategies, reading, listening, and exposure to computer documentation will be discussed.

 

PSW117 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR THE PSW

This course examines the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. It will look at basic assessment skills and observations to determine normal function of the different systems.

 

PSW168  PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE PSW

This course will examine the physical changes of aging and how they relate to common health disorders. Basic assessment and observation skills will be examined as well as interventions to help meet the needs of the client's changing condition.

 

PSW159 SKILLS MANAGEMENT & SAFETY PROMOTION

This course assists students in assessing and responding to the physical, social and emotional needs of clients. It enables students to develop the knowledge and skills to support a client’s personal care requirements, assess aspects of safety as it relates to both client and worker, and identify concepts of abuse.

 

PSW114  PRACTICUM 1

This course applies theoretic knowledge to practical application in the lab and Long Term Care settings. This is a supervised and evaluated experience.

 

PSW208  MENTAL HEALTH & DEMENTIA STUDIES

This course will introduce students to common conditions of cognitive impairment, substance abuse and mental illness. Students will also learn to apply basic approaches and techniques to assist the client with these conditions.

 

PSW209  FAMILY STUDIES & COMMUNITY CARE

This course is designed to assist students to understand characteristics of today’s families. The student will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to family’s reactions to the worker’s presence, family routines, effects of illness, stress and disability on family relationships, preferences and involvement in family decision making, approaches in balancing caregiving and rest, skills related to infant, child care, and assisting a child with special needs. The student will also assist the client with household activities according to client preferences, comfort and safety.

 

PSW201  RESTORATIVE & PALLATIVE CARE

This course will introduce the student to concepts of prevention, maintenance, rehabilitation/restoration, palliation in supporting maximum function and comfort of the client. The student will develop an understanding of the concept of terminal illness and dying as part of life and its impact on the client/family and health care professional.

 

PSW204  PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE PSW

This is an introductory course in Pharmacology. It will familiarize students with drug classifications, highlighting general characteristics of each class. A general explanation of how medications act on the body will be provided. Pertinent information regarding medication administration, routes and strengths of medications, and terminology will also be covered.

 

PSW206  CAREER DEVELOPMENT

This course will emphasize the importance of self-evaluation and recognize the need for fostering professional growth for the PSW through lifelong learning. The student will examine how personal characteristics influence career choices and personal development.

 

PSW214  PRACTICUM II - CLINICAL

This course is a continuation of PSW 114 and applies theoretical knowledge to a practical setting in long term care. This is a supervised and evaluated experience.

 

PSW216  PRECEPTORSHIP IN LONG TERM CARE

This is a preceptored clinical experience focusing on the application of skills learned in all previous courses. The continuous clinical practice in the LTC facility and/or hospital setting provides opportunity for students to provide holistic care to clients and their significant others. Students will demonstrate accountability and professional conduct within the policies and procedures of their placement facility with a preceptor. The student will consult with their supervisor and other health professionals and act as an advocate for clients and their families. During the practicum, the student will provide client centered, safe, knowledgeable, empathetic, and efficient care.

 

PSW218  PRECEPTORSHIP IN COMMUNITY

This is a preceptored clinical experience focusing on the application of skills learned in all previous courses. The continuous clinical practice in the Community setting provides opportunity for students to provide holistic care to clients and their significant others. Students will demonstrate accountability and professional conduct within the policies and procedures of their community placement with a preceptor. The student will consult with their supervisor and other health professionals and act as an advocate for clients/ families. During the practicum, the student will provide client-centered, safe, knowledgeable, empathetic and efficient care.



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