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Personal Support Worker (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
1165
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services

Notice:

Courses take place Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., with the exception of practicums.
Program start dates include fall and winter semesters. Availability is based on full-time enrolment as part-time students take courses with full-time PSW students.

About the Program

Make a difference for people with supportive care needs. Choose a career as a Personal Support Worker.

This program will prepare you to provide supportive care to individuals and families in a variety of settings, such as long term care facilities and community home care. Students will be provided with the knowledge and skills to assist clients of all ages with the activities of daily living, including personal care, home management and nutrition and family responsibilities.

As with other Health Sciences programs, students are taught theory in a classroom setting and will be required to apply the theory to lab and clinical experiences in institutional and in home care settings.

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Pre-Practicum Health & Safety Requirements FAQs

Your program includes a practicum experience in your course of studies; employers request that you have met the health and safety requirements for your program before you come to their organization. The practicum health and safety requirements that are mandatory for your program can be found under the Practicum Forms tab within the myConestoga Practicum Services community.

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
PSW1020 Supportive Care Theory I
Description: This course intentionally introduces the PSW student to concepts and principles of supportive person-centred care including age-related changes and the development of relevant knowledge, attitudes, skills and judgment including evidence informed practice, to assist residents/patient/clients across the lifespan with personal care and routine activities of daily living. Nutrition will be discussed, incorporating assisting residents/patient/clients to eat who are at a high risk for choking. Infection control, safety, body mechanics, oxygen therapy and ostomy care will be examined. The student will continue to develop an understanding of interprofessionalism related to the role of the PSW and the health care team while providing supportive care. Related processes that influence supportive care are incorporated from Structure and Function of the Body for Resident Centered Care.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1030 Supportive Care Practice I
Description: This course allows the learner to apply the knowledge from Supportive Care Theory I to the development and practice of the skills needed by the Personal Support Worker (PSW). Students will be given experiential learning opportunities to practice application of the skills required to assist the resident/ patient/clients with personal care and the routine activities of daily living. The student will be provided opportunities to practice and demonstrate a resident centered approach, professionalism, accountability, safety, critical thinking, and communication skills while providing clients with skin care, positioning, mobility, and assisting with high risk eating. Infection control, body mechanics, and safety techniques will be applied throughout the experience. Students will be accountable for tracking achievement of learning outcomes and will be evaluated on their demonstration of practice application.
Hours: 84
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1050 Structure and Function of the Body for Resident Centered Care
Description: This course introduces the PSW student to the normal structures and functions of the human body. The body systems, medical terminology and abbreviations, and age-related changes will be covered which provide the student with the foundation for understanding and describing the physiology behind the common diseases, disorders and conditions that will be explored in Supportive Care and Resident Centered Care.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1060 Resident Centered Care
Description: This course introduces the PSW student to the principles of person-centered care, health promotion, rehabilitation and restorative care with a focus on the PSW's role in supporting family members and care partners and assisting clients who are experiencing alterations in functioning. Mental health care needs such as delirium, depression and dementia will be examined. Structure and function of the body related to alteration in functioning are integrated throughout the course. Related communication skills and how to maintain a supportive relationship with families, clients, and the interprofessional team using a resident centered care approach are addressed.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1100 Professional Practice I
Description: This course introduces the PSW student to the foundational concept of being a professional including the role, responsibilities, accountability and scope of practice of the PSW as a member of the interprofessional team working in community, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings. This course presents strategies for being a successful college student. Relevant workplace legislation and the importance of following established policies and procedures, ethical principles and professional boundaries in a variety of health care settings will be discussed. The student will be introduced to the roles of the interprofessional health care team with a focus on collaboration using a professional approach to provide supportive person-centered care across the lifespan. Current issues and trends in the health care delivery system and their impact on the PSW role will be examined. A focus on communication and interpersonal skills, including observing, reporting, documenting and transferring accountability essential to establishing and maintaining effective helping relationships with interprofessional team members, clients and family members will be discussed. Topics of neglect and abuse and appropriate responses for the PSW will be explored. Problem solving, critical thinking, and reflection will be incorporated as themes throughout the course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1620 Supportive Care Theory II
Description: This course continues to expand on the concepts and principles of supportive person-centered care including the development of relevant knowledge, attitudes, skills and judgment using evidence informed practice required in the PSW role to assist with medications, taking and recording vital signs, child care, enteral nutrition, as well as intravenous care, catheters and specimen collection. The student will be introduced to the community setting and the principles of home management and safety. The importance of the interprofessional team in relation to supporting the client will be discussed. Related processes that influence supportive care are incorporated from Structure and Function of the Body for Resident Centered Care.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: PSW1030, PSW1020, PSW1050, PSW1060, PSW1100
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1630 Supportive Care Practice II
Description: This course allows the learner to apply the knowledge from Supportive Care Theory II to the development and practice of the skills needed by the Personal Support Worker (PSW). Students will be given experiential learning opportunities to practice application of the skills required to assist the resident/patient/client with medications, taking and recording vital signs, enteral nutrition, catheter care, intravenous care, and specimen collection. The student will be provided opportunities to practice and demonstrate a resident centered approach, professionalism, accountability, safety, critical thinking, and communication skills while providing client care. Infection control, body mechanics, and safety practices will continue to be applied throughout the experience. Students will be accountable for tracking achievement of learning outcomes and will be evaluated on their demonstration of practice application.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: PSW1030, PSW1020, PSW1050, PSW1060, PSW1100
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1640 Palliative Care
Description: This course prepares the PSW student to provide culturally relevant palliative and end of life care to support clients, families, and significant others. Concepts of loss and grief, nonpharmacological comfort measures, and the rights of the client, family and significant other in decision making related to palliation will be explored. The PSW role related to the process of dying and preparation for death will be discussed with an emphasis on observation, reporting and use of identified communication tools.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PSW1030, PSW1020, PSW1050, PSW1060, PSW1100
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1650 Resident Centered Care II
Description: This course will deepen the student's knowledge of person-centered care for the client with complex care needs. Concepts from Structure and Function of the Body related to understanding these needs are incorporated. The student will expand on the role of the PSW as it relates to supporting family members and assisting clients using the principles of person-centered care. Themes to be discussed include developmental, neurological, cardiovascular, mental health disorders and communicable diseases.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PSW1030, PSW1020, PSW1050, PSW1060, PSW1100
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1660 Professional Practice II
Description: This course deepens the awareness of the role of the PSW within the interprofessional team working in community, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings. Concepts will be explored including leadership, mentoring, delegation, and the concept of caregiver burnout. Observation skills, current assessment instruments and documentation methods used to provide quality care will be further developed. Evidence-informed practices to support positive and safe behavior for clients experiencing responsive behaviours will be applied. Opportunities to apply knowledge of and commitment to continuous quality improvement, including the responsibility of ongoing and continuing professional development, will be given.
Hours: 54
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PSW1030, PSW1020, PSW1050, PSW1060, PSW1100
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1675 Professional Care Practice, Community and Long Term Care
Description: This course provides the learner with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program to a practical health care setting experience. The student will apply a resident centered approach, professionalism, accountability, safety, critical thinking, and communication skills while providing client care in the health care setting. The students will participate as a member of the interprofessional team to deepen their understanding of the PSW role in providing client centered care.
The student will be provided opportunities to practice the role and responsibilities of the PSW in the community setting using simulated scenario based community learning experience. Students will participate in various scenarios preparing them for complex situations that may arise.
Hours: 120
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320, PSW1020, PSW1050, PSW1060, PSW1100, PSW1030
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSW1680 Pregraduate Consolidation
Description: This course will provide the PSW student with a preceptored pregraduate consolidation experience in a long-term care facility to facilitate the transition of the student from an emerging professional to a proficient professional. The student will apply and integrate knowledge, behaviour and strategies gained in previous learning experiences. The student will participate as a member of the interprofessional team under the guidance of a preceptor.
Hours: 122
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: PSW1030, PSW1020, PSW1050, PSW1060, PSW1100
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Fidelia Otokhina, fotokhina@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 2410

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