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

​All locations include remote (virtual) delivery with in-person labs and field placement at multiple locations* including: Bracebridge (The Pines), Brantford, Guelph (Riverside Glen), Ingersoll, Kitchener (Doon), Mount Forest (Strathcona), Port Dover, Stratford, Waterloo (Luther Village and University Gates). *pending availability

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

For remote learning, students must have Internet access and meet these device requirements. This program uses eTexts.

Program description - May 2022

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 PSWinfo@conestogac.on.ca.

Program details

Code: 1165
Delivery: Full-time
Length: One year
Start: May 2022
Campus: Kitchener – Doon
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

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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 & 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.

1 Term

Canadian

International

Tuition
$1348.00
$6675.00
Ancillary Fees
$819.49
$1369.39
Total Fees
$2167.49
$8044.39

Canadian fee details

Description Spring 2022
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00
Administration Fee $25.00
Capital Development Fee $79.39
CSI Health Plan Fee $99.00
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI Legal Protection $20.10
eText Fee $76.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.50
ONE Card Fee $10.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50
Student Services $60.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $137.50
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00
Term Total $2167.49

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International fee details

Description Spring 2022
International Program Tuition $6675.00
Administration Fee $25.00
Capital Development Fee $79.39
CSI Health Plan Fee $99.00
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI International Health Fee $174.90
CSI Legal Protection $20.10
eText Fee $76.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.50
ISR $375.00
ONE Card Fee $10.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50
Student Services $60.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $137.50
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00
Term Total $8044.39

Returning student tuition & fees

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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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