Personal Support Worker

Program Title – Personal Support Worker

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT-H136–PC Timmins Campus
NORT-H138–KL Kirkland Lake Campus
NORT-H139–HL Haileybury Campus
NORT-H137-JB Moosonee Campus

January 2018 Intake
H137W (JB) Moosonee Campus (Not available)

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are admission requirements and/or forms that have to be completed BEFORE the start of the semester or the date specified.
Requirements for Personal Support Worker

Program Description
Personal support workers are unregulated health care providers. They work under the supervision of a regulated health professional, supervisor, or in the supported independent living environment under the direction of the client. They provide clearly identified personal care, routine activities of daily living and home management services, by following care/service plans and established policies and procedures. Personal support workers are responsible for their work to their clients and to their employers. Workers providing long term care and support services form the backbone of both community and facility services. They are often the people with whom clients/consumers have the most contact and with whom they develop close relationships. The attitude and approach of workers and their abilities are critical to the well being, comfort, safety and health of the people they support.

Education to prepare support workers assists them to develop a broad range of abilities beyond dexterity skills, which emphasizes the value of their role and reflects true sensitivity and respect for the individuality of each consumer/client. This program was developed as part of the Ontario provincial government’s plan to reform long term care and support services provided to people living at home and in long term care facilities. The Personal Support Worker Program is a two semester program consisting of theory and clinical practice in both institutional and community settings.

Career Opportunities
Following successful completion of their program, graduates may be employed in a variety of community and institutional agencies. Personal support workers care for clients who are stable and who have clearly identified needs that are not expected to change significantly. They work under supervision and as valuable members of care/service teams; provide personal care and home management services to clients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural challenges. They are capable of providing organized competent care for individual clients and for their assigned multi-client groups. Personal support workers may also work under the direction of the client.

Contact Information
Shelly Hosman
Tel: 705-235-3211 x7289
hosmans@northern.on.ca