Program Information

If you are looking to become a Personal Support Worker but are unable to come back to school full-time, Lambton College now offers the Personal Support Worker program in a part-time format. All of your courses will be scheduled over two days and you can complete the program within 18 months.

As the health care system in Canada evolves, the demand for Personal Support workers is increasing in long term care facilities, retirement homes, home care settings and hospitals. 

The Personal Support Worker program prepares graduates to provide care and assistance to clients of any age who have defined health care needs including help with their activities of daily living. Through theory classes and experiential learning opportunities, including simulation and clinical placements, the student will learn to make a difference in clients' lives by alleviating loneliness, providing empathy, ensuring comfort, encouraging independence, and promoting self-respect in all health care settings. 

As part of the program, students will also complete The Fundamental of Hospice Palliative Care Certificate and the Gentle Persuasive Approaches Certificate. 

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

If you are taking part-time courses with the intention of completing a program and earning a credential, you must meet Admission Requirements outlined on the program page. It is the student's responsibility to supply proof of admission requirements to the Office of the Registrar before he/she has completed three courses in the program.

If you do complete the program and do not have the appropriate admission requirements, you will be ineligible to receive your certificate or diploma.

If you believe you have an equivalent level of knowledge and would like credit for Prior Learning Assessment, please contact Counselling at 519-542-7751 ext 3412 at least two weeks before classes begin.

Course List

Term 1 (Fall)

  • ENG-1033 Communications for Health Sciences I
  • PSW-1043 Anatomy & Physiology
  • IPH-1001 Interprofessional Perspective Health

Term 2 (Winter)

  • PSW-2003 Palliative Care
  • PSW-2023 Ongoing Health II
  • PSW-2053 Health and Development throughout the Lifespan

Term 3 (Spring)

  • PSW-1003 Client Care Issues
  • PSW-1023 Ongoing Health
  • PSWC-1003 Clinical Skills

Term 4 (Fall)

  • PSWC-2006 Clinical Practice
  • PSW-2032 Career Development
  • PSWC-3006 Pre-Graduate Clinical (last 5 weeks)

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop and recommends an iPad.

See full device requirements.

Employment Opportunities

Begin a rewarding career as a personal support worker in community health care, long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals in less than a year. As the industry continues to grow and the demand for personal support workers increases, you can feel confident about your job opportunities post-graduation. At this time, there is a high demand for personal support workers and opportunities for local jobs.

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