PSW Bridging Program

PSW Bridging Program Overview

Program Overview

This program is geared towards individuals with previous academic experience and/or training in a similar field of study. It is designed as a single training program that replaces and consolidates Health Care Aide and Home Support worker training.

The Personal Support Worker Bridging Program delivers a solid educational base to workers who provide long-term care and support service in both institution and community settings.

Combining instructor led training with a clinical work placement the PSW bridging program is designed to prepare students for a career in health care.

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PSW Bridging Modules

•   PSW Foundations
•   Safety and Mobility
•   Body Systems
•   Assisting with Personal Hygiene
•   Abuse and Neglect
•   Household Management, Meal Preparation and Nutrition
•   Care Planning/Restorative Care/Electronic Documentation/Working in the Community
•   Assisting the Family/Growth and Development
•   Assisting the Dying Person
•   Assisting with Medications
•   Cognitive/Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
•   Health Conditions
•   Clinical Placement - Community
•   Clinical Placement - Facility

Program Intake Times

Our students engage in hands-on learning and graduate with the advantage of practical experience before starting on their career path. Some programs even offer a field-placement component wherein the student is placed in an actual work setting under professional supervision as a component of the overall curriculum. Switching careers is also very common today and our intensive practice oriented programs help ease the transition from one career to another.

Many of our programs offer frequent start dates to help accommodate students wishing to quickly begin their studies and move efficiently through their program and into relevant employment.

Courses are generally offered 20 hours per week, five hours per day. Students may choose morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes, Monday through Sunday, with the curriculum focused on practical career education providing the skills and knowledge students need to move seamlessly into the careers for which they are being prepared. Many of the College's programs are offered on a part-time basis.

Career Opportunities

Excellent job opportunities are expected for this occupation, as rapid employment growth in the health sector and high replacement needs produce a large number of job openings. Economic growth and replacement needs are expected to create a number of job openings in this field. The number of elderly people, an age group characterized by mounting health problems and requiring some assistance, is projected to rise substantially.

In addition to the elderly, however, clients in other age groups will increasingly rely on home care, a trend that reflects several developments, including efforts to contain costs by moving patients out of hospitals and nursing care facilities as quickly as possible, the realization that treatment can be more effective in familiar rather than clinical surroundings, and the development and improvement of medical technologies for in-home treatment.

Personal Support Workers usually work for private and not-for profit home care agencies or municipal government. Some are self-employed. Personal Support Workers may also work for senior citizens’ homes, nursing homes or hospitals. They also provide care in the client’s home.

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Admission Requirements

1. MINIMUM OF GRADE 12 (OSSD) education or Equivalent or Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and out of school for 1 year or more) with a score of 11 or more on the Wonderlic SLE;
2. NACC Technical Literacy Exam (Passing score of 18)
3. Certificate/Diploma/Degree in:
    • Health Care, Home Support Worker *Canadian Graduate
    • Nurse, Registered Nurse *Domestic or Foreign Trained with Degree in Nursing
    • Practical Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse *Domestic or Foreign
4. Transcripts from all Adult Education Institutions
5. English Second Language (ESL) requirements:
    • Technical Literacy Exam  -OR-
    • IELTS- International English Language Testing Services- Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each  -OR-
    • TOEFL Internet based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum in each component: Reading 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20
6. CPR & FIRST AID CERTIFICATES - Students must complete STANDARD FIRST AID and BASIC RESCUER CPR prior to field placement.
7. POLICE CHECK (CLEARANCE) OF CRIMINAL RECORD - Employers who provide field placement opportunities also require students to undergo a police record check for criminal offences.

Approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

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