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Ontario College Certificate

Personal Support Worker

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

(Brampton)

Prepare for a caring career helping others.

Program Overview

What you'll gain

In just one year, you can develop the skills you need to begin a satisfying career helping in a long-term care facility, supportive housing, home care, adult daycare and palliative care. A full 100% of our graduates find employment, and employers are 100% satisfied with the personal support workers they hire from Sheridan.

Things you'll learn to do

  • Assist clients with activities of daily living, including meal prep, feeding and personal care.
  • Understand and empathize with clients and their challenging situations.
  • Lift and transfer clients.
  • Increase your clients' comfort, safety and mobility.
  • Communicate clearly and compassionately with clients and report accurately.

Hands-on experience

Your training will include 350 hours (14 full weeks) in two practicum settings, including a long-term care facility and your choice of community setting. Sheridan arranges your placements for you, and a faculty member supervises your Long Term Care placement. Field experiences often lead directly to employment after graduation.

Additional information

All professors teaching in the Personal Support Worker program hold a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, and all are heavily engaged in the personal care field. They bring their own experience working in elder care to the classroom.

In addition to tuition, you should expect to spend approximately $380 on uniforms, shoes and textbooks.

PPSWK

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

International Student?

This program is part of our new two-year graduate certificate bundles! You may be able to qualify for a three-year post-grad work permit.

Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    COMM 19999 Essential Communication Skills 3
    HEAL 18263 Introduction to Personal Support 4
    HEAL 13199 Fundamentals of Care 3
    BIOL 19207 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3
    HEAL 13431 Mental Health Issues and Cognitive Impairment 3
    HEAL 13672 Lab 1 4
    GNED General Education Elective 3
    Total: 23
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    HEAL 14857 Palliative Care for the Allied Health Worker 2
    HEAL 14579 Supporting Families 2
    FLPL 19402 PSW Long-term Care Practicum 6
    FLPL 12758 PSW Community Placement 12
    HEAL 13551 Caring for Clients with Ongoing Conditions 3
    Total: 25

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

or

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements

Sheridan field placement agencies require a police record check for vulnerable sector persons and a current record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.

Preparation for Application

It takes a special kind of person to succeed as a personal support worker. We strongly recommend that applicants research the demands of this career and consider undertaking related volunteer experiences or working part-time with older adults prior to the selection process.

Prior to commencing the practicum, and at individual expense, students must obtain a certification in CPR Level C and St. John Standard First Aid for adults, children and infants.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Career Opportunities

When you graduate from Sheridan’s Personal Support Worker program, you can expect to quickly find a position helping the elderly or medically challenged youth.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Home care
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Supportive housing for seniors or young adults

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Degree Completion

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Work within the personal support worker role in 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 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.

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

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Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

For Canadian Students

The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website. For English Language Studies, depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

For International Students

The fees shown here are for Fall 2021, and are subject to change. The English Language Studies program is offered to international students in 7-week sessions. The fees displayed are for each 7-week session and include tuition and health insurance. Depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$4,395.14
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$18,910.14

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Ontario College Certificate

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Ontario College Certificate

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1 yr (2 semesters)

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

1 yr (2 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Ontario College Certificate

Full-time 1 year Program code: PPSWK

Ontario College Certificate
Start date Campus Status
Sep 2021 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available
Jan 2022 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available

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