Personal Support Worker (PSW)

Personal Support Worker Certificate Program contains a total of 28 weeks of in class and practicum training. Upon graduating, students will not only have their PSW certificate but also a CPR & First Aid certificate.

The goal of the Personal Support Worker Program is to help individuals master the required personal and occupational qualities needed to care for people living at home and in long-term care facilities. Students will learn to identify and respond to the physical and emotional needs of clients/consumers. Promoting physical and mental activation, observing and communicating with the client, handling specialized equipment, providing complete personal and physical care are all basic skills which will be developed throughout this program.

Subjects of this program

  • Individuality of the Person
  • Role of the Worker
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Safety
  • Assisting a Person with Mobility Issues
  • Abuse
  • Household Management and Meal Preparation
  • Providing Optimal Support/Care Planning
  • Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene
  • Assisting the Family
  • Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health Issues
  • Assisting a Person to Manage Ongoing Conditions
  • Assisting a Person with Medications
  • Assisting the Person Who Is Dying
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The responsibilities of the Personal Support Worker includes: assisting with personal hygiene, mobility, household management, meal preparation, ongoing medical conditions and medications, documentation procedures and vital signs. The Personal Support Worker will also be skilled in cognitive impairment and mental health issues, as well as providing optimal support and care planning.

Career Path

Upon satisfactory completion of the training, graduates are qualified to assume entry-level positions as a Personal Support Worker within the community or a healthcare facility.

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