Program Description

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Personal Support Worker Certificate Program

Program Length – 30 Weeks (2 Semesters) College Certificate

Personal Support Workers work with the frail, elderly, physically challenged, mothers and newborns, and persons with special needs in long term care facilities and/or in the community at large. Students will have the skills to use lift machines and the body mechanics to ensure clients are moved safely and effectively. Students will also learn the appropriate skills to provide emotional, social and spiritual supportive care for clients and their families.

This program will appeal to students with a genuine interest in caring for the elderly and physically challenged persons of any age. They need both, patience and maturity as well as strong communication skills.


Admission Requirements:

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.
Medical & Non-Medical Requirements:


  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (TD)
  • Pertussis
  • Polio

NOTE: The attached Medical Form needs to be completed by your doctor or medical practitioner


  • Influenza


Field Placements:

Employers who provide our field placement settings require a police record check for criminal offenses before accepting a student into the placement setting. The record check shall be obtained at the student’s expense. Appropriate forms will be provided by the College after acceptance into the program. The College assumes no obligation for ensuring field placement or program completion for students who are unable to provide a clear police record check.


Health Requirements:

Accepted applicants must submit prior to entry into the program proof of:

   *  A satisfactory medical examination
   *  An up-to-date immunization record including a Hepatitis B titre (within the last 24 months).


Employment Opportunities:

There are excellent employment opportunities in nursing homes, with homecare agencies, in rest homes, retirement homes, community living and other government agencies. Some opportunities also exist in the non-profit sector including the Alzheimer Society. There is also potential for employment in retail homecare services.

Program Of Study

Semester 1

PSW164 - Professionalism and Crosscultural Communication

PSW117 - Anatomy & Physiology for the Personal Support Worker

PSW168 - Pathophysiology for the Personal Support Worker

PSW159 - Skills Management and Safety Promotion

PSW114 - Practicum 1 -- Lab
                 Practicum 1 -- Clinical


Semester 2

PSW208 - Mental Health & Dementia Studies

PSW209 - Family Studies & Community Care

PSW201 - Restorative and Palliative Care

PSW204 - Pharmacology for the Personal Support Worker

PSW206 - Career Development

PSW214 - Practicum II -- Clinical

PSW216 - Preceptorship in Long Term Care

PSW218 - Preceptorship in Community

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Mindy Taylor, Program Coordinator at or 705-657-9383, or contact Barb Tabobandung, Program Assistant at or 1-800-441-5904.

Documents Section of Program Description:

1)     Medical Form (To be completed by Doctor or Medical Practitioner)

2)     Non Medical Form


Program Rack Card
File: PSWrackcard.jpg

Preplacement Required Form
File: Medical Nursing and Paramedic.pdf

Preplacement Required Form
File: Non-Medical Preplacement Form-Nursing.pdf

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