Build an in demand career in healthcare as a PSW. Personal Support Workers play a vital role in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate (NAAC) Program in Ontario

700-Hour Vocational Program (6 to 8 months)
Hybrid Theory and Practical – 390 Hours
Clinical and Facility Placement – 310 Hours

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) program is based upon the Ontario Personal Support Worker Training Standard. The program content, standards, and guidelines, combined with the clinical component of the program, ensure that the graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful as Personal Support Workers.

This PSW program prepares graduates to provide supportive care to individuals, including clients experiencing cognitive impairment, physical disability, and mental health challenges across their lifespan by assisting them with their activities of daily living.

It has been developed by the National Association of Career Colleges and maintained by a committee of consultants, program design experts, and subject-matter experts from both the Regulated College sector and employer groups.

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Key Responsibilities of a Personal Support Worker

  • Practicing universal precautions while maintaining a clean working environment,
  • Providing emotional and social support services to care receivers and their families,
  • Being aware of common allergies and related first-aid measures,
  • Working as a supportive care worker for palliative care and hospice patients,
  • Observing and reporting clinical and treatment findings, behavioral changes, and changes in ongoing conditions,
  • Maintaining records, and documenting procedures.

The Personal Support Worker program provides quality education and training for aspiring PSWs through comprehensive theory classes and practicum placements.

Scope of Responsibilities

The scope of responsibilities for a PSW is as follows:

  • Co-operate with all members of the health team,
  • Promote safety and works in a safe manner,
  • Assist with walking, movement and positioning,
  • Assist with mechanical and physical lifts and/or transfers,
  • Assist with personal care, personal hygiene, dressing, including laundry-related tasks,
  • Assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, feeding, dietary planning, food handling,
  • Answer call bells,
  • Check and records vital signs,
  • Teach life skills,
  • Assist with a range of motion exercise and other rehabilitative measures,
  • Provide comfort, safety and well-being of Clients, using sensitivity and respect,
  • Ensure the well-being of others by demonstrating a positive attitude and ability.

Range of Services

As front-line workers, PSWs must develop a broad range of abilities. The range of services provided by PSWs depend upon the individual needs of each person they support and may include personal care such as dressing, personal hygiene, mobility, and other routine activities of living in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act.

Home management such as shopping, light house cleaning and meal preparation, family responsibilities such as routine caregiving to children and assisting with social and recreational activities might also be expected.

Final Theory Examination

The final examination is an online exam that evaluates the theory component of the training and determines whether the candidate has the required level of knowledge to do the job safely and effectively. The external setting for the exam and marking provides an unbiased and consistent evaluation of adherence to the PSW program standard.

Exam preparation is provided. All students write the final theory examination at the end of the program placement.

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Healthcare Employment Settings

Complete PSW training from this approved program. Build employable skills to potentially work in the following healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Retirement Homes
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Home-Care Settings
  • Supportive Housing Settings
  • Group Homes
  • Adult Day Programs
  • Educational Facilities

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Important steps to consider to commence this course

Applicants of this Program must have a Canadian or USA Highschool Transcript or must pass a qualifying test that has been approved by the Superintendent. Students must also present a Medical Certificate to confirm they are fit to undertake the program and has up-to-date immunization, plus complete CPR and First Aid Certificates, along with Police Clearance. All documents must be presented within 30 days of starting the program. International Students – IELTS 6.0

Enrol today and take the first step towards a rewarding career as Personal Support Worker (PSW) with MG International Career College. To register or reserve your place in the course, contact us at (647) 529-3017 or, or submit the form on the contact page.

Breakdown of Fees

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