Personal Support Worker
Program Code: PSWK (International) Length of Program: One-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Certificate Starts: Sep (Open) May (Open)
Term 1 COM-1113 Workplace Communications IPH-1001 Interprofessional Perspectives PSW-1003 Client Care Issues PSW-1023 Ongoing Health Conditions I PSW-1043 Anatomy and Physiology PSW-1013 Clinical Skills Theory PSWC-1014 Clinical Skills Lab GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 2 PSW-2003 Palliative Care PSW-2023 Ongoing Health Conditions II PSW-2032 Career Development PSW-2053 Health and Development Across the Lifespan PSWC-2006 Clinical Practice PSWC-3006 Pre-Graduate Clinical (five weeks)

Scholarships are Available!

In an effort to address the shortage of Personal Support Workers in Southwestern Ontario, the Southwestern LHIN has made funding available to Personal Support Worker students.

Lambton College has a total of 20 scholarships worth $5,000 each available to Personal Support Worker students. These scholarships will be awarded in the September 2019, May 2020 and September 2020 intakes.

If you've applied or been accepted into the Personal Support Worker program at Lambton College, you can apply for this scholarship by logging into the myLambton website. You can also learn more about this initiative by visiting the LHIN - Become a PSW website.

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. 

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.

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.

Tuition Fees

Please visit the international tuition fee section for individual program fees. For more information regarding tuition, please contact or 519-542-7751 ext 3018.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus