Earn a PSW certificate and begin your personally satisfying career
A career as a Personal Support Worker takes heart, compassion and dedication to help those most in need. It also takes a highly specialized set of dynamic technical and interpersonal skills. If you’re interested in a career that is personally satisfying, the Personal Support Worker program will get you on your way to career success.
You’ll begin the program by creating a strong foundation in the fundamentals of personal support. You’ll learn about health and wellness, the human body and how it functions, along with examining mental health issues and life transition theories.
In addition to classroom instruction, you'll also complete placements in long-term care facilities as well as a community placement, where you'll get valuable experience providing care to clients. This means that you’ll begin your career with a highly developed set of experiences to draw on as you enter the workforce. This program also utilizes simulation learning.
Graduate with a PSW certification
When you graduate, you'll be ready to work with stable clients, with clearly identified needs, helping to make them comfortable and keep them safe. You’ll provide personal care for clients in retirement homes, long-term care facilities, hospitals and in the home. Wherever there is a need for your expertise, you’ll be ready to serve.
Students registering in this program in the winter intakes should be aware that the program begins in early January 2020 and runs continuously until the end of August 2020.
If you are currently on E.I. or have collected E.I. in the last three years or maternity benefits in the last five years, you may qualify for financial assistance.
The PSW clinical courses are designed to allow the student to synthesize all learned theoretical and laboratory information gained throughout the PSW program and are designed to be taken sequentially. Due to their course design, no exceptions can be made to this order for any reason. As such, students must be aware of the following:
(a) All clinical practice experiences must be taken in sequence and the student must successfully complete all clinical courses in their correct order.
(b) If a student is unsatisfactory in the Clinical Professional Practice course, that student will not be allowed to progress to Consolidation. Similarly, if a student fails the Consolidation course, he or she cannot progress to the Community course.
(c) In order to progress to HLTH-3056 PSW Professional Practice in a Community Setting, students must first pass all theory, lab and clinical courses. This final course is designed to allow the student to synthesize all learned theoretical and clinical information gained throughout the PSW program.
(d) Students must be aware that this failure to progress to their next clinical course may have tuition funding implications and full-time students will be held responsible for that full term's tuition. Students who require further explanation are advised to seek clarification from the PSW Program Co-ordinator or from the Office of the Registrar. Refer to the PSW Program Manual for more details.
Note: Agencies will not accept students who have a criminal record. Students who are denied placement as a result of this screening may complete the academic components of the program, however, will not meet the requirements for graduation from the program.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
work within the personal support worker role in the community, retirement homes, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings* in accordance with all applicable legislation and employer’s job description, policies, procedures and guidelines.
act responsibly and be accountable for own actions while recognizing the boundaries of knowledge and skills within the personal support worker role that require collaboration with the clients, families, supervisors and/or other members of the interprofessional care/service team*.
participate as a member of the interprofessional care/service team* and maintain collaborative working relationships in the provision of supportive care* in community, retirement homes, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings*.
provide client-centred* and client-directed* care that is based on ethical* principles, sensitive to diverse client and family values, beliefs and needs, and which follows the direction of the plan of care/service plan*.
establish and maintain helping relationships* with clients and their families reflecting open communication, professional* boundaries, employer’s policies and adhering to confidentiality and privacy legislation.
identify relevant client information using basic assessment and communication skills and report and document findings in accordance with the requirements of employer policies and procedures and all applicable legislation.
promote and maintain a safe and comfortable environment for clients, their families, self and others including the implementation of infection prevention and control measures and emergency first aid procedures that are in keeping with the plan of care/service plan*, employer policies and procedures, and all applicable legislation.
assist clients across the lifespan with routine activities of daily living* by applying basic knowledge of growth and development, common alterations in functioning, disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, rehabilitation and restorative care*.
assist clients with medication* in keeping with the direction of the plan of care/service plan* and under the direction and monitoring of a regulated health professional* or most accountable person* and in accordance with all applicable legislation and employer’s policies.
assist with household management tasks* and instrumental activities of daily living* in accordance with the plan of care/service plan* and considering the preferences, comfort and safety of clients, families and significant others.
assist clients who are caring for dependent individuals* considering client and family choices, professional* boundaries and the direction of the plan of care/service plan*.
identify and report situations of neglect, and potential, alleged or witnessed/actual incidents of abuse, and respond in accordance with all applicable legislation and employer’s policies and procedures.
assist in the provision of culturally relevant* palliative and end-of life care* to clients experiencing life-threatening illness and to their families and significant others, from diagnosis through death and bereavement, and in accordance with clients’ choices and the plan of care/service plan*.
use identified approaches and best practices to support positive and safe behaviour in clients experiencing cognitive impairment, mental health challenges and/or responsive behaviours*.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
HLTH-1092 Foundations of Personal Support 2
HLTH-1093 Health & Wellness 5
HLTH-1094 Self & Others for PSW 3
HLTH-1095 Human Body Structure & Function 3
HLTH-1096 PSW Laboratory Practice 1
HLTH-1098 Life Transitions 2
HLTH-1099 Ongoing Health Challenges 2
HLTH-1100 Mental Health & Cognitive Impairment 2
HLTH-3047 PSW Laboratory Practice 2 1
HLTH-1252 PSW Clinical Preparation 2
HLTH-3054 PSW Clinical Professional Practice 6
HLTH-3055 PSW Consolidation Professional Practice 3.75
HLTH-3056 PSW Prof Practice Community Setting 6
COMM-1133 Professional Communications for PSW 3
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 11 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
Any Grade 12 English (C), (U), or (O)
Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
Grade 11 Health Care (C) OR Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)
Recommended Personal Preparation
Knowledge of and interest in working with seniors and families
Development of personal responsibility and emotional maturity by participating in social organizations interested in helping people
Ability to co-operate with others in the delivery of health care
Ability to effectively communicate in conversational English in order to safely take directions from members of the health care team
Applicants currently employed as a Home Support Worker or Health Care Aide may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and receive credit for part of the course work.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
Achievement in the Admission Requirements
The following items are applicable to the program and are time-sensitive.
Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
Evidence of Good Health (including immunizations)
Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC), including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
Graduates are employed in long term care facilities, retirement homes, hospitals, and community agencies.