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This new program, offered in April, May, June, and August, 2021, is funded by the Ontario government and includes: no tuition fee, funding support for expenses such as textbooks and other supplies, and a paid work placement. For more information, please review the Frequently asked questions.

The PSW program is also available in full-time and part-time delivery.

​All locations include remote (virtual) delivery with in-person labs and field placement at multiple locations including: Arthur, Brantford, Cambridge, East York, Guelph, Ingersoll, Kitchener (Doon and Downtown), Mount Forest, Port Dover, Stratford, Waterloo (Luther Village and University Gates).

All admissions are being accepted through one location (Doon).

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Program description - August 2021

The PSW Fast Delivery is a 21-week accelerated delivery. 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 at multiple locations including the Living Classroom. 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.For more information about the PSW program, please contact

Program details

Code: 11653
Delivery: Full-time
Length: One year
Start: August 2021
Campus: Kitchener – Doon
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

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Health & Life Sciences

Thanks to the generous support of The Cowan Foundation, PSW students are eligible to receive:

  • Entrance award of $500
  • Free uniform
  • Free First Aid and CPR certification
The Cowan Foundation

Tuition-free FAQ

Review the frequently asked questions for our tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST delivery program for prospective students.

1. When does the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program start?

The program start dates are:
  • April 5, 2021
  • May 10, 2021
  • June 14, 2021
  • August 16, 2021

2. How do I apply to the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program?

Candidates may apply for this program through
  • Select ‘Filter by: College (Conestoga)’ on the left-hand side
  • Select ‘Personal Support Worker (FAST Delivery) (11653)’
  • Select August 2021 program start

3. Are students for this tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program OSAP eligible?

Yes, students are eligible to apply for OSAP for this tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program.

4. What is the application fee for Ontario Colleges Application System (OCAS)?

The application fee is $95.

5. What are the admissions requirements for the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program?

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status.
  • Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270).
  • It is recommended that applicants have previous post-secondary experience (a course, certificate, diploma or degree from an accredited college or university) or experience in health care in the last two years before starting this program.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that they have a clear Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) if considering this program. Access to work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences requires a clear VSS, and students will not be allowed to complete the program without successful WIL completion.

6. I'm interested in this program but don't meet the admission requirements for grade 12 English equivalency. What are my options for upgrading or equivalency?

Applicants can complete the Pre-admission and Mature Student Assessment. The cost is $25 USD for the English assessment. The same fees apply to rewrite the assessment. Only the English testing is required for the accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program.

We do not accept LINC assessment scores for admission. We will consider IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo assessment results as proof of English proficiency. If you have completed one of these language assessments, please forward a copy of the test results to the Admissions office ( for consideration with your application. The minimum grade required for consideration to the PSW program is 57%.

7. How is the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST program delivered?

PSW-FAST is a hybrid delivery, including remote (virtual) scheduled classes, asynchronous (non-scheduled) activity, and in-person labs.

Theory and labs are scheduled Monday to Friday, 4-7 hours per day. The program is 21 weeks in length with no study week or break between terms.

8. Where are the labs located?

The essential in-person labs will be offered at multiple locations and multiple times, pending the availability of the site location, including:

  • Arthur
  • Brantford
  • Cambridge
  • East York
  • Guelph
  • Ingersoll
  • Kitchener - Doon
  • Kitchener - Downtown
  • Mount Forest
  • Port Dover
  • Stratford
  • Waterloo (Luther Village)
  • Waterloo (University Gates)

9. Will I achieve the same learning outcomes in the six-month accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program as I would in the full-time two-term program?

Students from both programs graduate with the same PSW certificate. The 21-week tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program is a condensed version of the traditional two-term PSW program.

10. Can I transfer from another PSW program if I am partially completed?

Applicants for the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program must participate in the full program and cannot transfer from another PSW program.

11. Are international students eligible for the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program?

International students are not eligible for the financial supports associated with this program including the paid placement, but can enrol if they self-fund.

12. Can out-of-province students participate in the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program?

Yes, but a condition of the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program is that all students must complete their paid placements in Ontario.

13. What if I have additional questions about the tuition-free accelerated PSW-FAST Delivery program?

Tuition & fees

Tuition and fee details for the 2021-2022 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional. Tuition and fee details for terms starting after May 2022 will not be available until spring 2022.

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Canadian fee details

Description Fall 2021
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00
Administration Fee $25.00
Administration Fee $25.00
Capital Development Fee $79.39
Capital Development Fee $79.39
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI Legal Protection $20.10
eText Fee $76.00
eText Fee $60.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.50
ONE Card Fee $10.00
ONE Card Fee $10.00
Student Services $60.50
Student Services $60.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $137.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $137.50
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00
Session Total $3829.88
Year Total $3829.88

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International fee details

Description Fall 2021
Session Total $
Year Total $

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Financial assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website. For more information, please visit OSAP & aid.

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Delivery sequence - August 2021 - Kitchener – Doon

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