Registration is now open for September 2023 and will close July 7, 2023 at 12:00pm.
PLEASE NOTE: For the past few years, in the Spring the Ministry has announced that they will provide funding for those who qualify. They provided funding to cover the tuition as well as paid placements. The Ministry has not yet announced whether this funding will continue for the upcoming year but look for an announcement sometime this Spring.
This program is for individuals wishing to enter the health care field as Personal Support Workers and provide health care in community settings or long-term care facilities. Our PSW training program has met all professional and educational requirements and adheres to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities PSW Program Standard, and exceeds the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's minimum program training hours.
Benefits of the PSW program:
- Can be finished in 6 months
- Qualified teachers with health/science background
- Earn up to 7.5 secondary school credits
- Economical; Program Fee is $1500
- Earn industry certifications within the program
- Full-time and part-time programs available
- In-class and hybrid* delivery options available
- Receive PSW Certificate
- Improve basic digital literacy
*students enrolled in the hybrid delivery option will be required to have a computer (with camera and microphone) and reliable and consistent access to internet
Learn more about the PSW program purpose and mandate.
- 30 hours mandatory orientation
- 385 hours theory
- 440 hours clinical workplace experience (Facility and Community)
- Approximately seven (7) months for the full-time program and thirteen (13) months for the part-time program
Program Application Process:
- All interested student candidates must attend a 25 minute virtual information session (View by clicking the button on the top right of the page)
- Complete an online PSW Literacy Assessment (View by clicking the button on the top right of the page)
- Interview with Program Coordinator
- Submit pre-admission documents
- Pay program fee
Pre-admission Requirements & Documents:
All applicants must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- If 19 years of age or older, have 17 high school credits with a minimum of Grade 11 Workplace English - provide transcript OR for those that did their schooling in another country, must have high school or post secondary diploma from their country of origin and a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 6.
- If under 19 years of age, have 24 high school credits with a minimum of Grade 11 Workplace English - provide transcript
- Provide proof of residency (rental contract, tax bill, utility bill, etc.)
- Provide proof of Status in Canada (Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, proof of Canadian Citizenship, permanent resident card, refugee claimant or convention refugee status)
- Provide a reference from an employer, volunteer position or a teacher
- Provide medical clearance (Medical Functional Abilities Evaluation) stating the student is free of any mental or physical conditions that would impair their ability to perform the job duties of a PSW without restriction for clinical placement
- Be able to get to and from clinical placement site
- Provide a clear criminal record check with vulnerable sector screen for clinical placement
Program Fee ($1500) includes:
- Textbook and workbook (paperback)
- PSW Certificate
- Standard First Aid CPR/AED - BLS (HCP)
- Food Handler Certificate
- Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Certificate
- IPAC Training
- WHMIS Training
- Adminstration Costs
- Payable on acceptance to the program
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Once admitted to the program:
As a requirement by community partner facilities, for the student to be accepted by placement for clinical practicum the student must adhere to the placement's rules, regulations, policies, and procedures including the placement's immunization policy (aligned with the Minister's Directive: Long-term care home COVID-19 immunization policy (effective February 10, 2022)), therefore our clinical partners require that:
The student will be required to provide proof of the following immunizations/vaccines:
- Negative 2-step mantoux (tuberculosis) test (or clear chest x-ray)
- COVID-19 vaccines (full series or a combination of COVID-19 vaccines, approved by the World Health Organization, of all required doses). Fullly vaccinated is defined as 14 days after the final vaccine dose
- Proof of a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada
- Seasonal Influenza vaccine (flu shot)(every year in November/December) or must take Tamiflu in the event of an outbreak while at placement.
**Announcements made by the provincial government may impact the accuracy of the current COVID-19 vaccination information provided**
The student is strongly recommended to obtain and provide proof of the following immunizations/vaccines to attend clinical placements:
- Hepatitis B (2 of 3 doses is minimum requirement)
- Tetanus, diptheria, pertussis, measles, mumps and rubella, and varicella
This program includes modules on Work Skills, Individuality of the Person, Role of the Worker, Interpersonal Skills, Providing Optimal Support and Care Planning, Safety, Abuse, Household Support and Meal Planning, Assisting with Mobility, Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene, Assisting the Family, Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health Issues, Assisting a Person to Manage Ongoing Conditions, Assisting a Person with Medications, End of Life and two cooperative education placements.