PSW Program

Personal Support Worker Program

Program Overview

This program is designed as a single training program that replaces and consolidates HealthCare Aide and Home Support worker training. This program delivers a solid educational base to workers who provide long-term care and support service in both institution and community settings.

Personal Support Workers are an important part of the health care team. The Personal Support Worker Program enables you to develop skills required to provide personal support services to clients and their families, clients and residents in the community, at home, in hospitals and in long-term care facilities.

Services provided by the PSW include:
- assistance in routine daily living activities
- mobility
- personal care and hygiene
- ongoing medical conditions and medications
- management of household activities

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The Personal Support Worker Diploma Program is an intensive 35 week program approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, and meets all operational standards of the National Association of Career Colleges, (NACC).

This program combines instructor led training with a clinical work placement designed to prepare students for a career in health care.


PSW Modules

PSW Foundations
Safety and Mobility
Body Systems
Assisting with Personal Hygiene
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, four 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.

Learn more about the tremendous opportunities that a City College education can provide. Request more information today and a City College admissions representative will be in contact with you soon to answer your questions and supply full course and admissions information.

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. Technical Literacy Exam (Passing score of 18)
3. Medical Certificate (Immunization Form) - Students must be fit to complete all components of the programs and have up-to-date immunization status
4. Signed Disclaimer for Students in Program Leading to Work with Vulnerable Sectors
5. Canada wide Police Clearance of Criminal Record including Vulnerable Sector within 30 business days of starting school
6. Current Resume
7. Admissions Interview with an Education Consultant
8. Meeting with the Financial Aid Officer
9. CPR & First Aid Certificates - Students must complete STANDARD FIRST AID and BASIC RESCUER CPR prior to field placement

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