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Personal Support Worker

Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

As a member of an interprofessional health-care team, a Personal Support Worker (PSW) provides supportive person-centered care across the lifespan to individuals and families, at various levels of health and wellbeing, in a variety of care environments including: long-term, community and/or hospital care settings. Conestoga's PSW program prepares students to become preferred graduates for the profession; one that truly makes a difference in the lives of others.

Students will progress from beginning engagement to an entry-to-practice prepared professional PSW; one who participates in the delivery of care as directed by the plan of care/service plan with activities of daily living, comprising personal care, home management and nutrition and family responsibilities. Throughout the program, students learn how to promote a comfortable and safe environment for all clients including those experiencing responsive behaviours, risk for injury and/or clients requiring end-of-life care. Provincially recognized certificates related to these areas of learning will be received.

Experiential learning, which is central to Conestoga's program, is integrated throughout to support student application of knowledge, skills and judgment. Students have the opportunity to study in the state-of-the art, technology-enhanced Cowan Health Sciences Centre (Doon - Kitchener) or in one of two Living Classrooms (Guelph - Riverside Glen and Waterloo - Schlegel Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging).

The Living Classroom is an innovative curriculum delivery model, combining classroom and real-life experiences for students to build increased knowledge and confidence working with older clients and care teams obtained by immediate integration of learning in long-term care and retirement living environments.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus
SEP,  2017 Doon Wait List
SEP,  2017 Guelph Wait List
SEP,  2017 Waterloo Open
JAN,  2018 Doon Open
JAN,  2018 Guelph Open
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