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The PSW program is available full-time, part-time, and FAST delivery.

This program is delivered in a hybrid format, however, most courses are in person. The program is offered at multiple locations, including: Brantford, Guelph (Riverside Glen), Waterloo (University Gates), Stratford, Milton (Steeles Avenue), and Kitchener (Doon). Admissions are accepted through each location.

Program description - September 2024

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 and ONSITEs (Ontario Sites for Integrated Teaching and Experiential learning). 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 PSWinfo@conestogac.on.ca.

Program details

Code: 1165
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 1 year
Start: September 2024
Campus: Milton - Steeles Ave.
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

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Tuition & fees

Tuition and fee details for the 2023-2024 year are listed below. Books and supplies may be additional.

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Program device requirements

Program device & software requirements

This program requires you to have a device that meets certain specifications. For most students, this cost is in addition to the tuition & fees listed above.

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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.

Awards & scholarships

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