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This accelerated program will cover students’ tuition and compulsory ancillary fees and allow participants to graduate with full credentials within six months; the standard PSW program at DC takes two semesters to complete.
With more study hours per week, the accelerated program will use a hybrid model that combines online learning with in-person practical experience, consisting of taking courses virtually and participating in laboratory classes and in care settings.
Students can participate in paid work placements after three months.
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To help students succeed in programs with remote learning requirements, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified minimum technology recommendations. While these are not program requirements, these suggestions will help ensure students have the right tools to support a quality remote learning experience.
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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. PSWs 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, our students graduate well-prepared and job-ready. In fact, our recent PSW student and graduate satisfaction rate was 100 per cent (2021-2022).
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:
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2022-23 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
Part of your training includes the opportunity to practice what you learn through supervised paid placements. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from their practicum agency.
Your practicum will enable you to:
Please note: There are costs associated with Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC), immunizations, lab tests and certifications. These costs include:
It is required that students have completed the ESPC with Verified to be eligible for the field placement component of this program. You must provide:
To help students have the best remote learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the school office.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a PSW and accessing an in-demand health-care job. Please consult the admissions requirements for the PSW – Accelerated program for further details.
Visit the OCAS website to apply to the PSW-accelerated program at Durham College.
June 27, 2022.
No, their account is to be credited for the amount that is applicable:
Students in the PSW Accelerated program will graduate with full credentials within six months; the standard PSW program at DC takes two semesters to complete.
Students in the accelerated program can participate in paid work placements after three months.
International students interested in the PSW Accelerated program should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yes, but a condition of the PSW Accelerated program is that all students must complete their on-campus labs at DC's Oshawa campus and their paid placements in Ontario.
Yes, Personal Support Worker – Accelerated students are eligible to apply for OSAP, further information will be provided when it is available. Note: students must declare funding to OSAP.