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Personal support workers (PSW)

Personal support workers assist with tasks of daily living. program teaching student knowledge and skills to service community, long-term care facilities, congregate housing settings, etc.

Program Length

28 weeks (700 hours) instructor-led
full-time training with co-op

Practicum Duration

310 hours co-op placement both in long-term care facility and community facility


National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) program


Financial Aid

Free financial consultation available.
Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

Your Path to Becoming a Personal Support Worker(PSW) Starts Here

Program Description

Personal support workers (PSW) assist with tasks of daily living. Services are provided in homes and apartments in community, long-term care facilities, congregate housing settings, etc. Personal support workers must develop a broad range of abilities beyond dexterity skills. They must be able to provide not only comfort, safety and well being to their clients, but also demonstrate sensitivity, empathy and compassion to them. Personal support workers help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They often help older adults who need assistance.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, and mature student status are required. All potential students seeking admission into PSW program must pass a literacy test.

Additional Requirements

  • Medical Certificate (Immunization Form) is required indicating that the student has up-to-date immunization
  • CPR & First Aid Certificates – students must complete STANDARD FIRST AID and BASIC RESCUER CPR prior to clinical placement
  • A police check of Criminal Record – must be produced within 30 days of starting school

Clinical Practice

Students will participate in supervised practices, in both community settings and nursing homes. Clinical placement provides students with an opportunity to practice their new skills in a work setting. While on placement, students gain experience in a wider range of PSW skills, become more self confident. Student clinical placements are arranged and scheduled by the school.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a registered license can work a position in fields such as hospitals, medical clinics, research institutes, and many more.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide personal care and companionship
  • Assist with all activities of daily living including bathing, toileting, dressing, mobility and feeding
  • Administer medication
  • Assist client to walk
  • Administer bedside, perform light housekeeping and cleaning and tidies resident rooms
  • Support client’s independence regarding medications
  • Recognize and reports changes in a client’s behavior/condition
  • Provide informal counseling as needed

Program Consultation: For further information, email or call the Program Coordinator at 416-821-4876 or 647-996-5876

What are the Requirements for Enrolling in the Personal Support Worker Program?

To enroll in the Personal Support Worker (PSW) Program, candidates must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or an equivalent qualification. Additionally, mature students can apply but must pass a literacy test as part of the admission process. This ensures that all students have the foundational skills necessary for success in the program.

What Skills and Knowledge Will I Gain from the Personal Support Worker Program?

The Personal Support Worker Program provides comprehensive training in various aspects of patient care. Students will learn essential skills such as assisting with personal hygiene, nutrition management, and providing support to patients with different health conditions. The program also covers important topics like patient rights, communication skills, and safety procedures. This education prepares graduates to effectively support patients in a range of healthcare settings, including hospitals, private homes, and long-term care facilities.

How Long is the Personal Support Worker Program?

The Personal Support Worker Program typically spans a duration that is carefully structured to cover all essential aspects of the training. This time frame is designed to ensure that students receive both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for their role as PSWs. The length of the program allows for a comprehensive understanding of patient care, yet is concise enough to facilitate a timely entry into the workforce. 

Is There Any Hands-On Training Included in the Program?

Yes, the Personal Support Worker Program includes hands-on training as a vital component. This practical training is essential in equipping students with real-world experience in patient care. It involves clinical placements and simulations that allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in a controlled, supervised environment. This experiential learning is crucial for developing confidence and competence in various aspects of patient care and support. The program’s blend of theoretical instruction and practical experience prepares graduates to enter the workforce as skilled and compassionate caregivers.

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