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Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
English
Start dates
Barrie
16,507.67 CAD
09 January 2023

Barrie
16,507.67 CAD
08 May 2023

Barrie
16,507.67 CAD
04 September 2023
Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

About this program

Personal Support Worker

This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to provide support services to people living at home, in long term care or acute care facilities, and to function as integral members of the health care team. Upon successful completion of this program, students learn to effectively communicate with clients, families and members of the health care team, and to provide safe and competent care for individual clients experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. Personal Support Workers (PSWs) are unregulated health care providers who work under the supervision of a regulated health care professional or in the supported independent living environment under the direction of the client.

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home schoolapplicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicantswho have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondaryinstitution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered foradmission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website


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Program content

Semester 1

  • The Essential Body
  • Professional Foundations
  • PSW Laboratory Skills
  • PSW Community Care
  • Palliative Care

Semester 2

  • Health Challenges and Continuing Care
  • Mental Health Challenges and Continuing Care

Tuition

Tuition fee: $16,507.67 CAD

Qualification

Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. work within the personal support worker role in community, retirement homes, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings in accordance with all applicable legislation and employers job description, policies, procedures and guidelines;
  2. act responsibly and be accountable for own actions while recognizing the boundaries of knowledge and skills within the personal support worker role that require collaboration with the clients, families, supervisors and/or other members of the interprofessional care/service team;
  3. participate as a member of the interprofessional care/service team and maintain collaborative working relationships in the provision of supportive care in community, retirement homes, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings;
  4. provide client-centred and client-directed care that is based on ethical principles, sensitive to diverse client and family values, beliefs and needs, and which follows the direction of the plan of care/service plan;
  5. establish and maintain helping relationships with clients and their families reflecting open communication, professional boundaries, employers policies and adhering to confidentiality and privacy legislation;
  6. identify relevant client information using basic assessment and communication skills and report and document findings in accordance with the requirements of employer policies and procedures and all applicable legislation;
  7. promote and maintain a safe and comfortable environment for clients, their families, self and others including the implementation of infection prevention and control measures and emergency first aid procedures that are in keeping with the plan of care/service plan, employer policies and procedures, and all applicable legislation;
  8. assist clients across the lifespan with routine activities of daily living by applying basic knowledge of growth and development, common alterations in functioning, disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, rehabilitation and restorative care;
  9. assist clients with medication in keeping with the direction of the plan of care/service plan and under the direction and monitoring of a regulated health professional or most accountable person and in accordance with all applicable legislation and employers policies;
  10. assist with household management tasks and instrumental activities of daily living in accordance with the plan of care/service plan and considering the preferences, comfort and safety of clients, families and significant others;
  11. assist clients who are caring for dependent individuals considering client and family choices, professional boundaries and the direction of the plan of care/service plan;
  12. identify and report situations of neglect, and potential, alleged or witnessed/actual incidents of abuse, and respond in accordance with all applicable legislation and employers policies and procedures;
  13. assist in the provision of culturally relevant palliative and end-of-life care to clients experiencing life threatening illness and to their families and significant othersfrom diagnosis through death and bereavement, and in accordance with clients choices and the plan of care/service plan;
  14. use identified approaches and best practices to support positive and safe behaviour in clients experiencing cognitive impairment, mental health challenges and/or responsive behaviours;
  15. develop environmental awareness and implement related initiatives relevant to the profession;
  16. develop awareness of social entrepreneurial skills that foster positive social change in the community.

Career paths

Graduates provide and facilitate clearly identified personal care and routine activities of daily living in order to assist clients in being as healthy and as independent as possible. PSW graduates may find employment in retirement homes, long term care facilities, homes for the aged, various community agencies (private and public), acute care facilities, as well as in independent practice.

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Georgian College

Established in 1967, Georgian College (Canada) is a public college with 125+ market-driven programs offered to over 13,000 full time students including about 4,500 international students from 60 countries. Its 100-acre flagship campus, located in Barrie, is just an hour...


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Contact info

Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

1 Georgian Drive
L4M 3X9 Barrie Ontario
Canada

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www.georgiancollege.ca

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