Personal hygiene, mobility, preparing meals and taking essential medication are elements of daily life that most people take for granted, but there are many individuals who are unable to perform these tasks independently. The personal support worker (PSW) is the front-line care provider whose responsibilities focus on the provision of personal care and support that include activities of daily living with client populations across all institutional, community care and service settings. They provide compassionate, client-centred care to enhance and maintain the quality of everyday life. Through dedicated faculty, enhanced curriculum, skills and certifications obtained in the course of study, and implementation of several interprofessional education and simulation opportunities, students graduate well-prepared and job-ready. In fact, our recent PSW graduate satisfaction rate was 100 per cent (2016-2017).
Personal support workers are valued members of the health-care team. As a graduate, you will have the enhanced skills required to provide compassionate, client-focused care with daily living activities including:
Students who begin classes in September will complete Semester 1 in the fall and Semester 2 in the winter/spring semester
Students who begin classes in January will complete Semester 1 from January to April and Semester 2 from May to August.
Students who begin classes in May will complete Semester 1 from May to August and Semester 2 from September until the end of December
Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 1503)
Communication And Interpersonal Skills (INTS 1500)
Mental Health Challenges (MECA 1500)
Practicum (Last 7 Weeks) (PRAC 1500)
Psw Foundations (PSWF 1500)
Health Promotion And Development Across The Lifespan (PSWH 1500)
Practice Lab I (PSWL 1500)
Pharmacology For Psw'S (PHRM 1500)
Long Term Care Practicum (PRAC 2500)
Community Practicum (PRAC 3500)
Health Challenges And Support Special Needs (PSWC 2500)
Professional Growth Issues (PSWG 2500)
Practice Lab II (PSWL 2500)
Fundamentals Of Hospice Palliative Care (PSWP 2500)
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
YEAR ONE FEES
Please note: fees are based on the 2018-2019 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please
Other fees to consider.
WHAT YOU COULD BE:
Personal support worker
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
Community service agencies
Home care agencies
Long-term care facilities
Part of your training includes the opportunity to practice what you learn through supervised placements in institutional and community settings. Practicum experiences take place throughout Durham Region and you are responsible for your transportation to and from your practicum agency.
Your practicum will enable you to:
Become job ready
Be sought out by local employers
Provide care for clients in health-care facilities under the direction and supervision of experienced faculty
Learn in a state-of-the-art simulation lab and health care learning centre
Obtain recognized certificates including Palliative Care, St. Peter’s Feeding and GPA training
Experience small group instruction in practicum and laboratory settings
Write a comprehensive exam
Please note:There are costs associated with completing the pre-placement requirements.
Service fees forVerified, our documentation collection and verification partner.
Costs to complete mandatory immunizations, lab tests, and certifications.
To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:
A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
Current Emergency First Aid Certification from a recognized provider
Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
Program Transfer, Degree Completion And Additional Credentials
Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions.
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.