Personal Support Worker


The Personal Support Worker program at Algonquin College prepares students to immediately work in a health care setting where they are making a difference in the lives of individuals who require assistance to remain as independent as possible.

For the programs starting Fall 2011, PSW, ONO_RN and RPN and PN the process of medical and non-medical pre-clinical requirements has changed.

These requirements will now be tracked by Paramed. Please download Paramed’s Student Communication package and the Pre-Placement forms. Please use the Student Communication package for an explanation as to how to complete the pre-clinical requirements. Please print the Pre-Placement forms. These forms can be completed by Algonquin College Health Services or your family physician. Download the package and placement form here >>

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to http://www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year

Program Code: 6307X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to work as a care provider in a wide range of healthcare environments. Students learn how to assist clients with their daily personal care needs, such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting. Through a combination of theory, lab practice, clinical and community experience, students understand how to deliver person-centered care to individuals of varying ages, encourage independence and improve quality of life for their clients.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy the challenges of working with individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Enjoy working with others as a member of a team.
  • Are willing to meet the needs of an aging population.
  • Possess ability to handle physically demanding situations.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as personal support workers functioning under the supervision of registered nursing personnel in retirement homes, long-term care facilities and community health agencies.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL1813S Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
HLT0100 The role and practice of the personal support worker (PSW) is introduced. The PSW's primary focus is to assist clients in performing their daily personal care activities through becoming familiar with the theoretical concepts of human needs. The principles of the practical skills, as well as the necessary communication and interpersonal skills essential for the development of therapeutic relationships with clients are explored.

Co-requisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0108
Introduction to Care for the Personal Support Worker The role and practice of the personal support worker (PSW) is introduced. The PSW's primary focus is to assist clients in performing their daily personal care activities through becoming familiar with the theoretical concepts of human needs. The principles of the practical skills, as well as the necessary communication and interpersonal skills essential for the development of therapeutic relationships with clients are explored.

Co-requisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0108
102.0
HLT0100A Students are introduced to anatomy and physiology in promoting a basic understanding of the normal body structure and function.

Co-requisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0101 and HLT0108
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for the Psw Students are introduced to anatomy and physiology in promoting a basic understanding of the normal body structure and function.

Co-requisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0101 and HLT0108
44.0
HLT0101 Within a simulated environment, the student practises the skills of infection control, body mechanics, positioning and mobilizing a client. The student also practises supportive activities of daily living, as well as the associated documentation activities.

Co-requisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0108
Lab Skills for the Personal Support Worker I Within a simulated environment, the student practises the skills of infection control, body mechanics, positioning and mobilizing a client. The student also practises supportive activities of daily living, as well as the associated documentation activities.

Co-requisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0108
48.0
HLT0102 A supervised practical experience provides the student with an opportunity to apply the principles of personal care with the emphasis on the needs of individual clients.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0108
Clinical Placement 1 A supervised practical experience provides the student with an opportunity to apply the principles of personal care with the emphasis on the needs of individual clients.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0108
68.0
HLT0108 Normal aging versus dementia, including secondary influences, are discussed, along with a focus on assessment and diagnosis. The main emphasis is on philosophy of care, i.e., providing a holistic model of care within the existing medical model. Appropriate physical and emotional environment, effects of disease on caregiver and client, the family unit, role of research on caregiving and importance of ongoing education to maintain competence, are discussed.

Co-requisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101
Overview of Dementia Care Normal aging versus dementia, including secondary influences, are discussed, along with a focus on assessment and diagnosis. The main emphasis is on philosophy of care, i.e., providing a holistic model of care within the existing medical model. Appropriate physical and emotional environment, effects of disease on caregiver and client, the family unit, role of research on caregiving and importance of ongoing education to maintain competence, are discussed.

Co-requisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101
24.0
Level: 02 Hours
HLT0103 Students study common health issues as they effect the individual and family across the lifespan. Responsibilities surrounding the assistance in the administration of medications are introduced. Students also study the concept of death and dying as part of the lifespan and the impact of life threatening illness on the persons and their families.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0102 and HLT0108

Co-requisites: HLT0107 and PSY5609
Advanced Skills for the Personal Support Worker Students study common health issues as they effect the individual and family across the lifespan. Responsibilities surrounding the assistance in the administration of medications are introduced. Students also study the concept of death and dying as part of the lifespan and the impact of life threatening illness on the persons and their families.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0102 and HLT0108

Co-requisites: HLT0107 and PSY5609
142.0
HLT0104 A supervised practical experience provides the student with a clinical opportunity to organize care for clients, and skills learned in classroom theory and laboratory.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0102 and HLT0103 and HLT0107 and HLT0108 and PSY5609
Clinical Placement II A supervised practical experience provides the student with a clinical opportunity to organize care for clients, and skills learned in classroom theory and laboratory.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0102 and HLT0103 and HLT0107 and HLT0108 and PSY5609
72.0
HLT0106 Students demonstrate accumulated knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0102 and HLT0103 and HLT0104 and HLT0107 and HLT0108
Consolidation Placement for the Personal Support Worker Students demonstrate accumulated knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0102 and HLT0103 and HLT0104 and HLT0107 and HLT0108
80.0
HLT0107 Within a simulated environment, the student practises the essential skills, such as vital signs, measurement of height and weight, elimination care, assisting with medications, isolation techniques, and care of a client with IV therapy and oxygen therapy.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0102 and HLT0108

Co-requisites: HLT0103 and PSY5609
Lab Skills for the Personal Support Worker II Within a simulated environment, the student practises the essential skills, such as vital signs, measurement of height and weight, elimination care, assisting with medications, isolation techniques, and care of a client with IV therapy and oxygen therapy.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and HLT0100 and HLT0100A and HLT0101 and HLT0102 and HLT0108

Co-requisites: HLT0103 and PSY5609
24.0
PSY5609 The following important concepts are examined: the biological basics of behaviour, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thought and language development, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence and assessment, health, stress and coping, psychological disorders, approaches to treatment and social psychology. Introduction to Psychology The following important concepts are examined: the biological basics of behaviour, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thought and language development, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence and assessment, health, stress and coping, psychological disorders, approaches to treatment and social psychology. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,343.89 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information, please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books cost approximately $600.

Students are required to purchase a uniform, which includes shoes and name tag, prior to clinical experience.

Students are also responsible for additional costs:

  • First Aid/CPR courses
  • Police Records Check
  • Paramed
  • Fit testing

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Accepted applicants must be in good health and submit a Health Assessment Form and an Immunization Form prior to Clinical Placement I.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20, Writing: 20.
  • International Applicants International applicants who meet the program eligibility requirements are required to complete preparatory courses (4-months in duration): Introduction to Canadian Health Studies (ICHS). Students who successfully complete the introduction will then proceed to their original health program of choice. The ICHS requires applicants to submit an academic IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 90, with the minimum in each component: Reading 21; Listening: 20; Speaking: 27, Writing: 22.
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  • A current Standard First Aid and CPR Level "C" certificate is required prior to Clinical Placement.

Police Records Check Documentation: Successful completion of clinical placements is a requirement for graduation from the Personal Support Worker program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

Clinical Placement Eligibility: To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take several months to obtain this documentation; submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the program chair.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca.. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx

or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

This Full-time program is also offered at the Perth and Pembroke Campuses. While the learning outcomes at the Perth, Pembroke and Woodroffe Campuses are the same, the curriculum order and subject delivery are reflective of the local circumstances, which affect program delivery.

Computer skills are an asset.

Prior to clinical experience, the student is required to submit a completed Health Assessment Form and/or an Immunization Form, including flu vaccine, in order to comply with the legislation and regulations of the institutions which offer field placements or clinical experiences.

Clinical placements receive large numbers of health science students and there may be times during your program of study that require you to attend weekend, evening and night clinical experiences.

The following courses must be successfully completed before proceeding to Clinical Placement I (HLT0102): ENL1813S, HLT0100, HLT0101, HLT0100A and HLT0108.

The following courses must be successfully completed before proceeding to Clinical Placement II (HLT0104): HLT0103 and HLT0107.

The following courses must be successfully completed before proceeding to Consolidation Placement (HLT0106): HLT0103, HLT0107 and HLT0104.

For more information,contact Jennifer Munoz, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 3504 or email munozj@algonquincollege.com

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time