Personal Support Worker Develop your skills during placements. Become an integral part of a health care team. Graduate job-ready or pursue further studies.

General information

Program code
PSWR
Duration
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Credential
Ontario College Certificate
Work integrated learning
2 Clinical Placements
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie, Midland, Orangeville, Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay
Winter 2019 Barrie, Orangeville
Summer 2019 Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay

Program description

This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to provide support services to people living at home, in long term care or acute care facilities, and to function as integral members of the health care team. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will have demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate with clients, families and members of the health care team. They will also have demonstrated their ability to provide safe and competent care for individual clients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. Personal Support Workers (PSWs) are unregulated health care providers who work under the supervision of a regulated health care professional or in the supported independent living environment under the direction of the client.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Personal Support Worker program find employment in retirement homes, long term care facilities, homes for the aged, various community agencies (private and public), acute care facilities as well as in independent practice. They provide clearly identified personal care and they facilitate routine activities of daily living in order to assist their clients in being as healthy and as independent as possible.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start. NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from all clinical placements. Student practicum placements will involve working the same shifts as the PSWs in the practicum agency. For example, day shifts may start as early as 6:00 a.m. and evening shifts may finish at 11:00 p.m.

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical placement facilities.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must have:

  • a completed Clinical Preparedness Permit
  • current (within 1 year) Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program. Level HCP CPR must be renewed annually while in the program.
  • a current police check including a vulnerable sector screen (see Criminal Reference Check below).
  • a record of mask fit test (will be done at the college in semester one). Mask fit testing must be renewed every 2 years.

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • BIOL 1014 - The Essential Body (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PSWR 1035 - Professional Foundations (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PSWR 1036 - PSW Laboratory Skills (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • PSWR 1037 - PSW Community Care (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • PSWR 1038 - Palliative Care (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • PSWR 1039 - Health Challenges and Continuing Care (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PSWR 1040 - Mental Health Challenges and Continuing Care (Semester 2 / 28 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)

  • PSWR 1041 - PSW Professional Practice 1 (Semester 2)
  • PSWR 1042 - PSW Professional Practice 2 (Semester 2)