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Personal Support Worker

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 1032 | Open for International Students
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Overview

This Ontario College Certificate program prepares students using an integrated classroom model located onsite at Providence Manor, a long-term care home in Kingston, Ontario. This unique learning environment will help students to be well-prepared for a career as a Personal Support Worker and to provide safe and caring support services to clients. 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 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.

Program Details

Code 1032
Start Date January
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Campus Kingston
Program Length 24 Weeks
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Highlights

The partnership between St. Lawrence College and Providence Care allows students to experience nearly all components of the program in a 'living classroom' environment. The living classroom model helps students to learn the necessary skills for safe practice as a Personal Support Worker and then allows supervised experiential learning with the residents. This approach helps students to build confidence in their skills and positive working relationships with clients.

Program Outline

2020-2021

This course introduces you to roles, responsibilities, and working environments along with legal, professional and ethical topics that are important to the PSW practice. Through case studies, class discussions, and quizzes, foundational principles and practices of the PSW are studied within institutional, community and other health care workplace settings.

This course introduces the student to the basic structure and function of the human body throughout the lifespan. Topics will include basic anatomy, physiology, nutritional needs, hygiene, body mechanics and alignment, and infection control. Through various in-class discussions, tests and take home projects health promotion and age related changes are emphasized.

This course is designed to present an overview of the scientific study of human growth and development from conception to death. Through group projects, testing and individual written assessments an introduction to recent research, theories and concepts are applied to individuals of all ages and their families.

This course provides the student with an opportunity to acquire knowledge regarding the principles and tools of communication and effective interpersonal relationships within the role of the Personal Support Worker. Areas of content include theory and techniques to develop effective interpersonal skills with clients and co-workers, and to enhance self-awareness. Various role plays, activities and class discussions allows students to practice clearly communicating information to the client, caregiver, supervisor and other support care workers in both oral and written form.

This course has 120 hours of lab and clinical practice experience in both a simulation lab and an institutional setting, under the supervision and guidance of a registered professional. Through hands on demonstrations, the student applies theoretical knowledge to provide safe, organized care to assist the individual with activities of daily living.

This course provides the PSW student with the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of different types of development health challenges, their etiology, treatment and care needs of the individual and his or her family. Developmental health challenges that are included are those associated with fetal development, infancy, pregnancy, the post-partum period, and acquired brain injury. Through the use of guest speakers and assignments students focus on the personal and supportive care required by individuals confronted by selected developmental health challenges.

Prerequisite(s): PSWO1200 + (PSWO1000 + PSWO1100 + PSWO1300 + PSWO1400)

This 45 hour course introduces the student to common health challenges or conditions that occur within the human body. Concepts of maintenance, rehabilitation, safety and restorative care are discussed. Through various presentations and quizzes students assess the relationship between health conditions and a plan of care.

Prerequisite(s): PSWO1000 (+ PSWO1100 + PSWO1200 + PSWO1300 + PSWO1400)

This course provides the PSW student with an opportunity to explore the impact that mental illness, substance abuse, and dementia have on the lives of individuals and their families. Through various guest speaker presentations and weekly assignments, topics such as care and support requirements, care-giving approaches, and roles and responsibilities of the PSW as a member of the care/service providing team, are explained and analyzed.

Prerequisite(s): PSWO1200 (+ PSWO1000 + PSWO1100 + PSWO1300 + PSWO1400)

This course provides the PSW student with the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of different types of development health challenges, their etiology, treatment and care needs of the individual and his or her family. Developmental health challenges that are included are those associated with fetal development, infancy, pregnancy, the post-partum period, and acquired brain injury. Through the use of guest speakers and assignments students focus on the personal and supportive care required by individuals confronted by selected developmental health challenges.

Prerequisite(s): PSWO1200 + (PSWO1000 + PSWO1100 + PSWO1300 + PSWO1400)

This course focuses on the role of the PSW throughout the palliative period. Topics of study include; the history of palliative care, the roles of various team members, the dying and grieving processes and their effects on the client, family, and caregivers. Learning activities center around case studies and personal reflections in order to gain self-awareness and understanding regarding all aspects palliative care.

Prerequisite(s): PSWO1000 + PSWO1400 (+ PSWO1100 + PSWO1200 + PSWO130)

This course has 108 consecutive hours of clinical practice experience that provides the student with the opportunities in both a simulation setting (36 hours) and a long term institutional setting (72 hours), under the supervision and guidance of a clinical teacher. The student is provided the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to the provision of safe, organized care for the individual client and assigned multi-client group, assisting with activities of daily living and completion of basic personal care.

Prerequisite(s): PSWO1400 (+ PSWO1000 + PSWO1100 + PSWO1200 + PSWO1300 + COMH150)

Co-requisite(s): PSWO2000 + PSWO2100 + PSWO2200 + PSWO2300

This course has 112 consecutive hours of facility clinical experience. In partnership with assigned agency staff, the student performs the various responsibilities of an entry level Personal Support Worker. Through guided evaluation and feedback the student meets the diverse needs of the client while functioning as an integral member of the health care team.

Prerequisite(s): PSWO1000 + PSWO1100 +PSWO1200 + PSWO1300 +PSWO1400 + PSWO2000 +PSWO2100 + PSWO2200 +PSWO2300 + PSWO2400

This course has 96 consecutive hours of community experience. In partnership with assigned agency staff, the student performs the various responsibilities of an entry level Personal Support Worker. Through guided evaluation and feedback the student meets the diverse needs of the client while functioning as an integral member of the health care team.

Prerequisite(s): PSWO1000 + PSWO1100 +PSWO1200 + PSWO1300 +PSWO1400 + PSWO2000 +PSWO2100 + PSWO2200 +PSWO2300 + PSWO2400

Requirements

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.

Health Requirements

Immunization - Communicable Disease Requirements

Completion of the Immunization - Communicable Disease Form is a mandatory condition for your clinical/practical placement. THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download the Immunization - Communicable Disease Form

Questions about completing this form can be sent to immunizations@sl.on.ca.

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

Other Requirements

Additional Requirements

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.

Field Placement Requirements

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.

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.

Fees

2020-2021

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Kingston

Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

New Gym
Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

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
  • Retirement homes
  • Hospitals Home Care
  • Community‐based group residences
  • Adult Day Centres

Placement

SPF/Faculty arrange placements

Complete SLC Placement requirements

  • 6 Training Modules
  • Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
  • Student Covid 19 Waiver

Student Placement Facilitator (SPF) Support

Complete agency specific requirements

  • CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR
  • Immunization
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Infection control training
  • Mask fit
  • Hospital Training Modules
  • Health Literacy (BSCN/PN only)

Questions: placements@sl.on.ca

Website: www.placementatslc.ca

At SLC, PSW students complete 4 different placements to ensure the student is career ready.

  • Semester 1 placement is 120 hours of supervised placement by a Registered Nurse.
  • Semester 2 placement is 108 hours under the supervision and guidance of a clinical teacher.
  • The third and fourth placements are part of the consolidation within your placement opportunities. You are required to complete 112 hours in a facility of your choice and 98 hours in a community setting of your choice. Upon completion you earn your certificate and become a Proud member of the health care team and can call yourself a PSW.

Program Contacts

Providence Manor Liaison:
Vicki Kilpatrick
vkilpatrick@sl.on.ca

Admissions Information

Contact a member of our recruitment team
ask@sl.on.ca

1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact

international@sl.on.ca
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514