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Personal Support Worker

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston - Providence


This Ontario College Certificate program prepares students to provide personal care and support services to individuals and families. Responsibilities of the Personal Support Worker may include assisting with home management, facilitating social and recreational activities, and promoting health and well-being with clients from all ages of the lifespan.

The program has been developed to meet the standards published by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. These standards reflect the increased pre-employment education and training required by Personal Support Worker graduates entering the increasingly diverse health and social care environment.

Personal Support Workers are unregulated health care providers. They work as a member of the care and support team under the supervision of a regulated health professional or supervisor, or in the supported independent living environment, under the direction of the client.


Career Opportunities

Personal Support Worker graduates may be employed in a variety of health and social care/support settings, including:

  • Long Term Care facilities, nursing homes, and retirement homes
  • Hospitals

  • Home Care 

  • Community-based group residences

  • Adult day centres

Program Name

Personal Support Worker

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
PSWO 1000 Foundational Concepts and Principles of Personal Support Worker (PSW) Practice
PSWO 1100 Human Body Structure and Function
PSWO 1200 Developmental Psychology
PSWO 1300 Communication and Interpersonal Skills
PSWO 1400 PSW Supervised Lab and Clinical Practice 1

Semester 2
PSWO 2000 Common Health Challenges
PSWO 2100 Mental Health and Dementia Care
PSWO 2200 Developmental Health
PSWO 2300 Palliative Care
PSWO 2400 PSW Supervised Lab and Clinical Practice 2
PSWO 2500 PSW Facility Practice Consolidation
PSWO 2600 PSW Community Practice Consolidation

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 11 Math

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


    • Standard First Aid with CPR BLS
    • Students are not permitted to attend clini­cal practice if immunization, CPR, First Aid, and security clearance requirements are outstanding.


    Clinical placement agencies require evidence of a clear police check as a condition for entry into clinical placement.

    Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respec­tive school prior to applying.

    Students are responsible for obtaining this clearance prior to commencing clinical prac­tice (fee may apply). Individuals who have a criminal record are strongly advised to obtain a pardon before applying to the program.


    Health Requirements

    The health of each applicant accepted into the program must be such they can successfully meet the demands of the program, including clinical practice which involves physically strenuous activity such as repetitive bending and lifting; walking and standing, and fine motor coordination.


    for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


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    Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


    Our experience has been that St. Lawrence College grads of the Personal Support Worker program come very prepared for our work environment. With our new partnership we know that new grads will be critical to our operation.

    Marilyn Benn, Administrator, Extendicare Inc.

    Program Contact

    Angie Dukelow

    Admissions Information

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    International Students Contact:

    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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