Personal Support Worker

Part Time tuition free programming starting Nov 1, see Part Time Options tab above for more details.

Program Title – Personal Support Worker

  • Credential Earned
    One-Year Certificate

    Full Time

    Program Length
    2 Semesters

    Program Status
    See individual program code statuses.

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Program Codes

  • Fall Intake – September 2021
    NORT-H136-PC Timmins Campus – CLOSED
    NORT-H138-KL Kirkland Lake Campus – CLOSED
    NORT-H139-HL Haileybury Campus – CLOSED
    NORT-H137-JB Moosonee Campus – CLOSED

  • Winter Intake – January 2022
    NORT-H138W Kirkland Lake – NOT AVAILABLE
    NORT-H137W-JB Moosonee Campus – NOT AVAILABLE

  • Spring Intake – March 2022
    NORT-H136S-PC Timmins Campus – OPEN
    NORT-H138S-KL Kirkland Lake – OPEN
    NORT-H139S-HL Haileybury Campus – OPEN

  • 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.

  • Program Admission Package
    September 2021 Intake
    PSW Clinical Requirements Package Fall 2021
    PSW Clinical Requirements Package Fall 2021 – International

    March 2021 Intake
    PSW Clinical Requirements Package will be available soon.

    COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker programs, in order to be permitted to attend clinical hours.

Articulation Agreements
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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.

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