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Ontario College Certificate

Personal Support Worker – Accelerated


6 months

6 months

6 months

Find out how Sheridan programs will be delivered next semester: View Winter 2023 Program Delivery Modes.

The Government of Ontario funded this accelerated program in 2021 and 2022 in order to address a shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) in the public health-care system.

This accelerated program is no longer accepting applications, but you may be interested in our Personal Support Worker one-year certificate program.

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

Most courses will be delivered remotely, with the exception of Skills Lab. During the Lab course, you'll learn hands-on skills in our well-equipped PSW lab at our Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga. You'll be supported by expert professors who understand and appreciate the critical role that PSWs play in the Ontario health-care system. Theory courses will prepare you for your full-time placement in a long-term care home or community setting, where you'll consolidate all that you have learned.


Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

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


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

    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 10390 Lab 1 4
    HUMM 18888G Aging Matters (General Education Elective) 3
    HEAL 13551 Caring for Clients with Ongoing Conditions 3
    HEAL 14857 Palliative Care for the Allied Health Worker 2
    HEAL 14579 Supporting Families 2
    FLPL 18036 PSW Clinical Placement 18
    Total: 48

Courses subject to change.

Find course details:

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

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

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)*


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 may be advised individually regarding other related programs.

*Language Assessment

The Personal Support Worker – Accelerated program requires completion of an Essential Communication Skills course (COMM 19999), which will help you develop the communication skills necessary for today's workplace. You will need to complete Essential Communication Skills (COMM 19999) in order to graduate.

Due to the accelerated nature of the program, all applicants with a grade lower than one of the scores below will be required to take a Language Assessment Challenge Exam. If you are required to complete the challenge exam, you will be notified by email.

Grade 12 English, postsecondary English or English Language Proficiency score Minimum grade/score required
English ENG4U 60%
English ENG4C 70%
English course from an Ontario postsecondary school Will be individually reviewed for equivalency
Recognized accredited institutions/exams outside of Ontario or Canada Will be individually reviewed for equivalency
Sheridan's ESL program at an EAP Level (English for Academic Purposes) 75%
Sheridan's EPA (English Proficiency Assessment) Listening and reading Band: 4.5; Writing: CLB 8
Sheridan's Mature Student English Test (MSET) Reading and Sentence: 251/300; Writing: Pass
GED Test results Required to complete challenge exam
Duolingo English Test Overall score of 115
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module Overall score of 6.5
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT (DI Code: 9117) Overall score of 88
iTEP Academic2 Overall score of 3.9
Cambridge English Exams (B2 First/C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency) Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 176
PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic) Overall score of 60

English Language Proficiency

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

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, students must obtain a certification in CPR Level C and St. John Standard First Aid for adults, children and infants and a mask fit test.

Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements

Sheridan field placement agencies require a clear police record check for vulnerable sector persons and an up-to-date record of immunization that includes COVID-19 vaccinations. Students will be required to provide this documentation prior to the start of the placement. Students who cannot meet these requirements will not be eligible for field placement opportunities.

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 places such as:

  • Home care
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Supportive housing for seniors or young adults
  • And other community settings

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.

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 2022–2023 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.

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:

International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL excluded) in Spring 2022, Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

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 27, 2022. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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 funding for the PSW – Accelerated program?

The funding for the program covers tuition fees, ancillary fees, and placement stipends 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?

There are three intakes for this program:

Cohort 1:

  • Instruction begins July 4, 2022
  • Placement begins October 17, 2022

Cohort 2:

  • Instruction begins August 8, 2022
  • Placement begins November 21, 2022.

Cohort 3:

  • Instruction begins August 29, 2022
  • Placement begins January 3, 2023

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 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 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 $110 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.  

Who can I contact if I have other questions about the Personal Support Worker – Accelerated program?

Please email pswa@sheridancollege.ca — we're happy to answer your questions!

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In the first year of the program, you’ll be introduced to each of these four fields: cloud computing, data analytics, game engineering, and network engineering.

Then, you’ll focus your studies on your selected specialization. You’ll take eight courses in your specialization of choice, gaining specific skills that are not taught in traditional diploma and degree programs. Your computer science specialization will give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

You can specialize in one of the following fields:

  • Get a deeper understanding of cloud computing — the delivery of computing system resources such as software, databases, servers, data storage, and more — over the Internet. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of private, hybrid or public cloud delivery.

    Specialized Courses
    • Internet of Things
    • Storage Systems
    • Virtualization
    • Cloud Infrastructure
    • Distributed & Parallel Computing
    • Security & Privacy in the Cloud
    • Cloud Economics
    • Cloud Monitoring & Governance
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Cloud Software Engineer: Develop large-scale production clouds.
    • Cloud Developer: Create new cloud services and improve current cloud products.
    • Cloud Automation Specialist: Design and implement automated technologies and processes that support your employer’s cloud offerings.
    • Cloud Architect: Use software development and information technology skills to build hybrid DevOp platforms that leverage your employer’s web services, cloud and on-premise data centres.
    • Systems Administrator – Cloud Operations: Automate, organize, monitor and maintain all of your employer’s cloud-based systems.
    • Cloud Services Adviser: Sell and market various cloud solutions, such as Office 365 or Watson analytics.
  • Learn how to apply statistical analysis, data mining and other advanced techniques to draw new and useful insights from large data sets. Confidently interpret and share information about the data patterns you discover.

    Specialized Courses
    • Business Processes
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 1
    • Big Data Management & Processing
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 2
    • Data Warehouse Design & Implementation
    • Machine Learning Techniques
    • Data Mining
    • Business Communication
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Data Scientist: Perform data analysis and develop and implement predictive models.
    • Data Architect: Design and implement big data solutions that support the Data Warehouse Environment (DWE).
    • Data Analyst: Apply current technologies, concepts and methodologies to build development projects that integrate various data sources.
    • Data Developer: Use Big Data architectures to migrate data from various databases, implement latest technologies and meet functional and technical requirements.
    • Big Data Platform Engineer: Design, build and administer platforms that combine several big data applications and utilities within a single solution.
  • Master the algorithmic, programming and mathematical techniques used to develop software components for computer games.

    Specialized Courses
    • Gameplay Programming 1
    • Game Engine Architecture
    • Gameplay Programming 2
    • Computer Graphics & Animation
    • Artificial Intelligence for Games
    • Game Tools and Data-Driven Design
    • Multiplayer Games
    • Games in Emerging Technologies & Hardware
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Game Developer: Design new games, including art and animation, or write programs to implement a game.
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  • Learn the specialized skills needed to plan, construct, optimize and manage the computer networks that businesses and organizations rely on every day.

    Specialized Courses
    • IP Engineering 1
    • Network Access Technologies
    • Network Service Applications
    • IP Engineering 2
    • Enterprise Network Operations
    • IP Engineering 3
    • Emerging Topics in Networking
    • Internet Core Technologies
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Network Engineer: Design, install, maintain and support computer networks.
    • Data Network Services: Troubleshoot computer network performance issues, analyze network traffic, plan capacity solutions and ensure service readiness.
    • Network Quality Assurance Engineer: Perform manual and automatic quality assurance testing for networks.
  • Learn how to develop effective simulation software using techniques such as discrete event modelling, continuous system modelling, probabilistic modelling and mathematical modelling.

    Specialized Courses
    • Introduction to Modelling & Simulation
    • Mathematical Modelling
    • Graphics and Visualization
    • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    • Modelling & Simulation Methods
    • High Performance Software Design
    • Advanced Graphics and Visualization
    • Advanced Modelling and Simulation
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Medical Imaging Software Specialist: Evaluate existing technologies, develop and implement algorithms and conduct system-level engineering to analyze, visualize, manipulate and integrate medical image-based solutions. 
    • Data Visualization Specialist: Independently design, visualize and implement data visualization solutions using data visualization best practices.
    • Imaging Programmer: Use advanced programming knowledge, template development environments and image processing software packages to process medical image data. 
    • Modelling Specialist: Perform predictive modelling and data mining (including the design, development, maintenance and implementation of models) to identify trends and outliers, apply statistical methods to the data and interpret the results, and develop and design clear and informative data visualizations.

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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.

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