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Ontario College Certificate

Personal Support Worker – Accelerated

Duration

6-Months

6-Months

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

(Mississauga)

For the Fall 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View details on delivery modes for all programs.

The Government of Ontario is funding this accelerated program in order to address a shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) in the public health-care system. Your tuition and ancillary fees will be paid for by the province, and you'll even be paid during a 12-week field placement arranged for you at a long-term care facility. The three cohorts of this program will begin classes on April 5, May 10, and June 14, 2021.

The fastest way to begin working in health care.

Program Overview

The fastest way to begin working in health care

In six months, you can develop the skills you need to secure satisfying employment in long-term care facilities, supportive housing, home care, adult daycare and palliative care. You'll receive the same training as students in our one-year Personal Support Worker program, but at a faster pace. Your PSW certificate can also qualify you for entry into our PSW to Practical Nursing pathway.

Study safely with support from industry experts

Sheridan is committed to ensuring students' safety during the pandemic. You'll begin your studies by learning about infection control precautions, and most of your courses will be delivered remotely. Any in-person learning will be restricted to a limited number of students according to Provincial regulations, supported by expert professors who understand and appreciate the critical role that PSWs play in the Canadian health-care system.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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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
    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: 48

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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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

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Program Summary

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Sheridan’s Personal Support Worker programs consistently receive high satisfaction ratings from employers. The current shortage of PSWs in Ontario is creating excellent employment opportunities assisting the elderly or medically challenged youth in place such as:

  • 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

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Program Summary

Co-op

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Degree Completion

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Program Summary

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

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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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 International Students

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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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Program Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Personal Support Worker – Accelerated program?

Candidates for the Personal Support Worker – Accelerated program should apply through the Ontario Colleges Application Service (OCAS):

Which costs are covered by the Government of Ontario’s funding for the PSW- Accelerated program?

The government funding for the program covers tuition fees, ancillary fees, and placement wages for eligible students.

Will I directly receive these funds to cover my tuition and ancillary fees?

No. Students will receive a credit on their student account for the amount that is applicable. 

When do classes and placements begin for the program?

The PSW - Accelerated program will run three cohorts of students throughout Spring/Summer 2021. The first cohort will begin instruction on April 5, 2021.

The start dates for each cohort, and placement start dates, are below.

  • Cohort 1:
    • Instruction begins April 5, 2021
    • Placement begins July 19, 2021
  • Cohort 2:
    • Instruction begins May 10, 2021
    • Placement begins August 23, 2021
  • Cohort 3:
    • Instruction begins June 14, 2021
    • Placement begins September 27, 2021

Will the accelerated Personal Support Worker program provide the same quality of instruction and preparation as the regular PSW program?

Yes. The accelerated PSW program is designed to provide learners with the same quality training as the regular one-year PSW program. The accelerated program combines three months of coursework and experiential learning in virtual classrooms and laboratory settings, with three final months of paid onsite training in long-term care settings.

Are international students eligible for the program?

International students are eligible to enrol in the PSW-Accelerated program, but are not eligible for the government-funded financial supports for tuition, fees and paid placements.

Are out-of-province students eligible to participate in the program?

Yes, all out-of-province students enrolled in the PSW-Accelerated program are eligible for the government funding that will cover their tuition, ancillary fees and placement wages. However, their placements must be completed in Ontario.

Am I still expected to pay the $95 OCAS application fee when I submit my application to the program?

Yes, applicants will still need to pay the OCAS application fee.

If I take the PSW-Accelerated program, will I still be eligible for Sheridan’s PSW to Registered Practical Nursing (RPN) pathway?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the PSW- Accelerated program and hold a college-level English course with a grade of 60% or greater will be eligible to enrol in Sheridan’s PSW to Practical Nursing pathway courses through Continuing and Professional Studies. These courses satisfy the entry requirements to be admitted to Sheridan’s Practical Nursing program.  

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Certificate

Duration

6-Months

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Program Summary

Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

Program availability

Ontario College Certificate

Full-time 1 year Program code: PPSWAA

Ontario College Certificate
Start date Campus Status
May 2021 Hazel McCallion Campus (Mississauga) Closed

Ontario College Certificate

Full-time 1 year Program code: PPSWAB

Ontario College Certificate
Start date Campus Status
May 2021 Hazel McCallion Campus (Mississauga) Closed

Ontario College Certificate

Full-time 1 year Program code: PPSWAC

Ontario College Certificate
Start date Campus Status
Jun 2021 Hazel McCallion Campus (Mississauga) Closed

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