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Personal Support Worker

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Cornwall part-time


This program is of interest to the individual wanting to enter the health care field as a personal support worker, but who is unable to participate in the College’s full-time Personal Support Worker program. To graduate from the Personal Support Worker program, you must meet the program entrance requirements and successfully complete the theory courses and the clinical experience components of the program listed below. The part-time program format is also of interest to individuals currently working as nurses’ or health care aides but who have no formal training.

Personal Support Workers (PSWs) respect and support the desire of individuals to be healthy and independent according to their own choices and capabilities. The purpose of the support is to assist persons with the tasks of daily living and the range of services provided includes home management, personal care, family responsibilities, and social and recreational activities.

The PSW program was developed as part of the Ontario Government's plan to reform long-term care and support services, provided to people living at home and in long-term care facilities, and it consolidates and replaces Health Care Aide and Home Support Worker training. Continuing Education has now developed the following upgrading programs to the new Personal Support Worker certificate for individuals who have successfully completed the following levels of training:

  • Health Care Aide program graduates with no community experience
  • Health Care Aide program graduates with relevant community experience
  • Home Support Worker program graduates (Level III)
  • Home Support Level II Statement of Achievement recipients
  • Home Support Level I workers 


Career Opportunities

Personal Support Worker graduates may be employed in a variety of health and social care/support settings, including:

  • Long Term Care facilities, nursing homes, and retirement homes
  • Hospitals

  • Home Care 

  • Community-based group residences

  • Adult day centres

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Program Name

Personal Support Worker

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates

Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)

Cornwall part-time

Canadian Fees

2013-14 tuition fees are $2,608.34. Compulsory fees are $647.15. All fees are subject to change in 2014-15.

International Fees

2013-14 International tuition fees are $12,300.00. Compulsory fees are $1,325.15. All fees are subject to change in 2014-15.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Semester 1
PSWO 1000 Foundational Concepts & Principles of PSW Practice
PSWO 1100 Human Body Structure, Function & Maintenance
PSWO 1200 Developmental Psychology for the PSW
PSWO 1300 Communication and Interpersonal Skills for the PSW
PSWO 1400 PSW Supervised Clinical Practice I

Semester 2
PSWO 2000 Common Health Challenges & Care Needs
PSWO 2100 Mental Health and Dementia Care
PSWO 2200 Developmental Health
PSWO 2300 Palliative Care
PSWO 2400 PSW Supervised Clinical Practice II
PSWO 2500 PSW Facility Practice Consolidation
PSWO 2600 Community Practice

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


  • Current CPR -Level HCP (with AED) and Standard First Aid (both certifications must remain current for the duration of the program).
  • Students are not permitted to attend clini­cal practice if immunization, CPR, First Aid, and security clearance requirements are outstanding.


Clinical placement agencies require evidence of a clear police check as a condition for entry into clinical placement.

Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respec­tive school prior to applying.

Students are responsible for obtaining this clearance prior to commencing clinical prac­tice (fee may apply). Individuals who have a criminal record are strongly advised to obtain a pardon before applying to the program.


Health Requirements

The health of each applicant accepted into the program must be such they can successfully meet the demands of the program, including clinical practice which involves physically strenuous activity such as repetitive bending and lifting; walking and standing, and fine motor coordination.


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    Our experience has been that St. Lawrence College grads of the Personal Support Worker program come very prepared for our work environment. With our new partnership we know that new grads will be critical to our operation.

    Marilyn Benn, Administrator, Extendicare Inc.

    Program Contact

    Recruiting Contact

    Connect with a College Career Advisor:

    International Students Contact:

    Additional Information

    Contact Continuing Education for the various options that allow you to meet the course requirements for COMH 150 and PSWO 1400.

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