Durham College now accepting applications for PSW Accelerated program

Tuition and other costs funded by the Ontario government

Oshawa, ON – Following the Ontario government’s recent announcement, Durham College (DC) is pleased to share it is accepting applications for the new Personal Support Worker (PSW) Accelerated program, with start dates offered in April, May and June.

The tuition and ancillary fees for accepted students will be covered by the Ontario government and they will graduate with full credentials within six months; the standard PSW program at DC takes eight months to complete.

With more study hours per week, the accelerated program will use a hybrid model that combines remote learning with in-person practical experience, consisting of taking courses virtually and participating in laboratory classes and in care settings. After three months, students will also be able to participate in paid work placements, in long-term care homes and other settings.

“This accelerated version of the college’s PSW program is going to have a positive impact on students and the community,” said Dr. Elaine Popp, executive vice president, Academic, Durham College. “Demand for graduates with these vital skills has never been higher and we are happy to partner with the province to help meet it.”

PSWs serve as front-line workers whose responsibilities focus on providing compassionate, client-centred care to enhance and maintain the quality of everyday life for client populations across all institutional, community care and service settings.

Through dedicated faculty, enhanced curriculum, skills and certifications obtained in the course of study, and implementation of several interprofessional education and simulation opportunities, students will graduate well-prepared and job-ready to support the community.

Students who are currently enrolled in the winter 2021 intake of the traditional PSW program, as well as those planning to enroll for fall 2021, are eligible to receive a $2,000 bursary to support their studies.

More information about the PSW Accelerated program, including admission requirements, answers to FAQs, and details to apply can be found online.


About Durham College

With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, Durham College (DC) offers over 11,000 full-time students access to more than 140 post-secondary programs, including four honours bachelor degree and nine apprenticeship programs.

DC enables students to develop career-ready skills for the ever-changing job market by offering an exceptional college education. With a focus on experiential learning, led by experienced faculty, through field placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads are known for having the skills and knowledge employers need.

At the Oshawa campus, the Centre for Collaborative Education brings together local, Indigenous and global communities, featuring the Durham College Spa, Global Classroom and interprofessional simulation and anatomy labs. The campus is also home to several of the college’s applied research centres, including the AI Hub, Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation and Mixed Reality Capture Studio. Additionally, the flexible, fully automated, and industrial-grade Integrated Manufacturing Centre serves as a model of the new standards in education in advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and engineering.

At DC’s Whitby campus, construction has begun on the new Skills Training Centre. Designed to shine a spotlight on skilled trades training, innovation and education, this building will expand the college’s capacity to provide students with hands-on training, access to simulators and other forms of instruction in shop labs for carpentry, HVAC, welding, elevating devices, crane operation, automotive, millwright and plumbing, among others.

The campus also features the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes the award-winning Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food grown and prepared by students in the college’s horticulture, culinary and cook apprenticeship programs.

Media contact:
Durham College
Meghan Ney
Communications and Marketing
m: 416-648-5453