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Personal Support Worker Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a PSW, Aide or Attendant

Personal support workers play a vital role in the health care industry, working in private homes or health care facilities to help provide patients with care and comfort. Personal support worker programs at Ontario colleges train students to work with other health care professionals to provide a number of services for the elderly, disabled and ill, to help them rehabilitate or simply live their lives in the most comfortable manner possible.

If you’d like to make a career out of helping people through work as a PSW, here’s what you need to know. More

Personal Support Worker Courses

Personal support worker courses combine practical skills training with the communication, patient care and support techniques that professionals require in an industry that involves caring for the sick.

From a practical standpoint, students study physiology, anatomy and alterations to human mental and physical health, and complement this knowledge with patient care techniques, such as infection control, administering medication and much more. Students conduct lab work and have a clinical placement to practice their skills.

Techniques relating to specific patient types, such as those with cognitive disorders (e.g. dementia or Alzheimer’s) or those requiring palliative care, are studied. Conflict management and family communication skills are also part of the curriculum.

General Personal Support Worker Program Requirements

Ontario college personal support worker programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, and generally require a grade 12 English credit. Additional recommended or required credits may include senior biology, communications or health.

Personal Support Worker Jobs and Salaries

PSW jobs exist in many facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities and more. Personal support workers may also work through community agencies that provide patients with in-home visits.

Personal support worker salaries will vary depending on the employer and the facility, but average starting salaries are around $28,000 per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Personal Support Worker Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of personal support worker programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details MEDICAL DEVICE REPROCESSING ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

MEDICAL DEVICE REPROCESSING


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1619X01F
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Highly Competitive-Number Of Qualified Applicants Exceeds Program Capacity For Fall Start. Applications After Feb 1 Are Not Considered, Or If Are, Applicants Placed On Wait List.

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER ALGONQUIN PEMBROKE OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 6307X01F
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER ALGONQUIN PERTH OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 6307X01F
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 6307X01F
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 6307X01F
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PSPG
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CAMBRIAN ESPANOLA OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PSPE
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CANADORE COLLEGE DRIVE OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 051005
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CANADORE PARRY SOUND CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 051005
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CENTENNIAL MORNINGSIDE OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 9111
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CENTENNIAL MORNINGSIDE OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 9111
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONESTOGA DOON WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1165
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONESTOGA DOON OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1165
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONESTOGA GUELPH WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1165
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONESTOGA GUELPH OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1165
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONESTOGA WATERLOO OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1165
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONFEDERATION DISTANCE EDUCATION OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0630
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONFEDERATION DRYDEN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0630
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONFEDERATION FORT FRANCES OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0630
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CONFEDERATION GERALDTON OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0630
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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