Personal Support Worker Program

The Personal Support Worker Ontario College Diploma program prepares you with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide compassionate care when assisting patients, clients and residents with broad-spectrum conditions and health care needs, to enable them to lead active and fulfilling lives in the community and institutions, both here and abroad.

The two-semester Personal Support Worker (PSW) program teaches students the necessary skills required to provide or assist with personal care for the elderly, the chronically ill, and persons with disabilities living in the community, in long-term care facilities and in select ambulatory care settings. Classes are held at the college

The Program focus on the skills and abilities needed to create a climate that promotes the optimal physical, social and emotional well-being of each client.

College Diploma program’s Personal Support Worker courses focus on the full range of home and health-related services required by patients, clients and residents with physical disabilities, cognitive impairments and chronic and acute illnesses. This gives you the flexibility to adapt to a variety of settings such as hospitals, homes, schools, community residential agencies, long-term or chronic care facilities.

The Personal Support Worker program enables you to learn through a hands-on approach, facilitated by hospital and community health care experienced faculty members. Additionally, clinical and community setting learning opportunities allow you to offer direct care to patients, clients and residents. You gain experience caring for persons across their lifespan and learn to effectively communicate and collaborate with members of an inter-professional health care team.

The training you receive can open doors through our new program called Personal Support Worker & Pathway to Practical Nursing Program.


Practicum: As a student in the Personal Support Worker program, you will learn how to practice as a member of an inter-professional health care team through a variety of hands-on experiences. These experiences will include supervised placements in institutional and community settings, and an inter-professional simulation centre experience. Faculty supervised clinical practicums take place in various settings across the Greater Toronto Area. The clinical practicum experience may vary between day and/or evening shifts depending upon the practice setting.

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