Personal Support Worker - Accelerated
Program Code: PSWX (Full-Time) Length of Program: Six-Month Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Certificate Starts: May (Closed)
Term 1 (12-Week Term) COM-1113 Workplace Communications 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 (8 hrs/wk) PSW-2003 Palliative Care PSW-2023 Ongoing Health Conditions II PSWC-2006 Clinical Practice Term 2 (12-Week Term) PSW-2032 Career Development PSW-2053 Health and Development Across the Lifespan PSWC-3006 Pre-Graduate Clinical (10 weeks)

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. 

Tuition Award & Paid Placements

This accelerated program is fully funded, including a tuition award and a paid placement. Students can complete the program in six months - three months in-class and three months at a paid placement. 

Students in this accelerated program are eligible for a tuition award equivalent to total tuition costs and compulsory ancillary fees up to a maximum of $4,000. The paid placements is only guaranteed for Ontario students - out of province students may apply but placement must be in Ontario.

The Role of the Personal Support Worker

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:

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 Note: These fees apply to the 2022-2023 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