Certificate in Personal Support Worker (PSWR)
CAD 9,036 / per year *
Earliest start date
* *international fall semester fee / international winter and summer semester fee: $7,971 | domestic fall semester fee: $2,214 / domestic winter and summer semester fee: $1,881
Start your healthcare career as a Personal Support Worker (PSW)
Develop your skills during placements. Become an integral part of a healthcare team. Graduate job-ready or pursue further studies.
The Personal Support Worker (PSW) program is a two-semester Ontario College Certificate that provides you with the knowledge and practical skills to offer safe, supportive care to clients in settings such as private homes, long-term care and acute care facilities. As a member of an interprofessional health care team, PSWs assist with daily living and the provision of person-centered care to individuals with a range of health conditions and/or individuals experiencing responsive behaviors. Through theory and hands-on lab classes, you learn how to provide a comfortable, safe environment for clients while assisting with personal care and home management. Two clinical placements in long-term care and other healthcare settings, provide training in the delivery and documentation of care and expand your ability to provide holistic, compassionate care throughout the lifespan to clients and their families.
Passionate about helping people?
You can become a personal support worker in just eight months. There is a high demand for PSWs and opportunities for local placements and jobs.
Why this program?
- Get real-world experience with two clinical placements at a local agency.
- High employment rate in your local area.
- Our faculty brings expert knowledge to the classroom from both private and public practices and institutions.
- High demand for PSWs, including hospitals that prefer to hire Georgian grads.
- Get local placements in your community.
- Grads receive credentials to work in long-term care facilities and hospitals.
- Grants and loans available – many students qualify for Better Jobs Ontario (formerly Second Career) funding.
Why study at Georgian?
- Our grads get jobs – Georgian has the highest graduate employment rate among all colleges in Ontario.
- We are known for cultivating strong partnerships with local and international employers, and for providing industry with high-skilled graduates to sustain and grow their operations.
Benefits of studying part-time:
- Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go!
- MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.
Scholarships and Funding
Awards, scholarships, and bursaries
Postsecondary education is an investment in your future. We know many students find it tough to make ends meet, which is why we offer so many options to help you pay your way to graduation.
Georgian offers awards, scholarships, and bursaries to students of all walks of life — domestic, international, and Indigenous, full-time and part-time, first years, upcoming graduates, and everyone in between. You can afford this!
- PSWR 1035 Professional Foundations
- PSWR 1036 PSW Laboratory Skills
- PSWR 1037 PSW Community Care
- PSWR 1038 Palliative Care
- PSWR 1043 Human Structure and Function
- Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
General Education Course
- Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
- PSWR 1039 Health Challenges and Continuing Care
- PSWR 1040 Mental Health Challenges
Professional Practice Courses
- PSWR 1041 PSW Professional Practice 1
- PSWR 1042 PSW Professional Practice 2
Program Tuition Fee
Your Personal Support Worker certificate gives you many career opportunities
Graduates provide and facilitate clearly identified personal care and routine activities of daily living in order to assist clients in being as healthy and as independent as possible. PSW graduates may find employment in retirement homes, long term care facilities, homes for the aged, various community agencies (private and public), acute care facilities, as well as in independent practice.