Personal Support Worker - Pre-Practical Nursing Pathway
Program Code: PSWM (Full-Time) Length of Program: One-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Certificate
Term 1 COM-1113 Workplace Communications PSW-1043 Anatomy and Physiology PSW-1003 Client Care Issues PSW-1023 Ongoing Health Conditions I PSW-1013 Clinical Skills Theory PSWC-1014 Clinical Skills Lab IPH-1001 Interprofessional Perspectives Health 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 Throughout Life PSWC-2006 Clinical Practice PSWC-3006 Pre-Graduate Clinical (five weeks) MTH-1055 Introduction to Mathematics

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 Hospice Palliative Care Certificate and the Gentle Persuasive Approaches Certificate.

Graduates of this program who have achieved a grade of B in all courses and have one year of work experience as a Personal Support Worker, or the equivalent of 1,000 hours, are eligible to apply to Lambton College's Practical Nursing Program.

Admission Requirements

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

Please Note: 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 more information, please contact the Counselling Department at or at x 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 Note: These fees apply to the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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Program Information

Rochelle Roberts
Program Coordinator
519-542-7751 x 3262