Personal Support Worker


The Personal Support Worker program at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley teaches students to provide care with patience, strength, understanding, and compassion to a wide range of clients of all ages, with different abilities, in a variety of settings. Personal Support Worker is an in-demand career path! Learn more >>

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS IN FALL 2015:  Welcome to the Personal Support Worker program! You are enrolling in a program that has specific requirements designed to keep you and your patients/clients as safe as possible.  PLEASE READ THE Clinical Placement Requirements including immunizations, police records check, release of information, and more.

Mobile Device

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Checklist:  As a student in this BYOD on-campus program, use this BYOD Checklist for step-by-step instructions on accessing device requirements, downloading software, logging on to your email and Blackboard account, and more.

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year(s)

Program Code: 6307X01FPM
Academic Year: 2015/2016


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 develop the ability to engage with persons and/or families of various ages and health related needs to promote healthy living. 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/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 http://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 the ability to handle physically demanding situations.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as personal support workers functioning under the supervision of Registered Nurses and/or Registered Practical Nurses 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
ENL7777 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
HLT7500 The personal support worker's role is to assist in the care and physical well-being of their clients in collaboration with the health care team. The role and practice of the personal support worker (PSW) in relation to the interprofessional healthcare team is introduced. Students examine the impact of policies, legislation, and regulations across all levels of government on the role of the healthcare provider. Students also examine the impact of cultural and family systems on the delivery of services and care. In-class and/or online learning activities, such as lectures, case studies, discussions and assignments focus on exploring the roles and relationships between health care providers.

Co-requisites: HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504
Introduction to Healthcare Provision The personal support worker's role is to assist in the care and physical well-being of their clients in collaboration with the health care team. The role and practice of the personal support worker (PSW) in relation to the interprofessional healthcare team is introduced. Students examine the impact of policies, legislation, and regulations across all levels of government on the role of the healthcare provider. Students also examine the impact of cultural and family systems on the delivery of services and care. In-class and/or online learning activities, such as lectures, case studies, discussions and assignments focus on exploring the roles and relationships between health care providers.

Co-requisites: HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504
45.0
HLT7501 Familiarity with human biology is essential to health care providers. Students focus on body structures and functions identifying the normal stages of growth and development as it pertains to persons of diverse ages and abilities. Integration of all body systems in maintaining normal human functioning, medical and anatomical terminology are explored through in-class and/or online learning activities such as lectures, discussions, quizzes and assignments.

Co-requisites: HLT7500 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504
The Human Body I Familiarity with human biology is essential to health care providers. Students focus on body structures and functions identifying the normal stages of growth and development as it pertains to persons of diverse ages and abilities. Integration of all body systems in maintaining normal human functioning, medical and anatomical terminology are explored through in-class and/or online learning activities such as lectures, discussions, quizzes and assignments.

Co-requisites: HLT7500 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504
30.0
HLT7502 Personal support workers enable persons and/or families to meet their physical needs in relation to activities of daily living. Theory related to practical skills is provided via in-class and mobile learning technologies. Practical lab learning experiences support the integration of theory into practice by developing the psychomotor skills and professional expectations required to support persons, families and communities in living healthy. Students engage in hands on activities through case studies and skill acquirement activities.

Co-requisites: HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7503 and HLT7504
Lab Skills for the Personal Support Worker Personal support workers enable persons and/or families to meet their physical needs in relation to activities of daily living. Theory related to practical skills is provided via in-class and mobile learning technologies. Practical lab learning experiences support the integration of theory into practice by developing the psychomotor skills and professional expectations required to support persons, families and communities in living healthy. Students engage in hands on activities through case studies and skill acquirement activities.

Co-requisites: HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7503 and HLT7504
100.0
HLT7503 Personal support workers interact with persons across the lifespan to promote health and provide person centred care. Students apply basic therapeutic communication, safety principles, client observations and basic care interventions during this course. Students gain experience working and collaborating with the interprofessional health care team to implement a client plan of care. Through a supervised practical experience provides the student with an opportunity to apply the principles of personal care and documentation with the emphasis on the needs of individual clients.

Co-requisites: HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7504
Clinical Placement I Personal support workers interact with persons across the lifespan to promote health and provide person centred care. Students apply basic therapeutic communication, safety principles, client observations and basic care interventions during this course. Students gain experience working and collaborating with the interprofessional health care team to implement a client plan of care. Through a supervised practical experience provides the student with an opportunity to apply the principles of personal care and documentation with the emphasis on the needs of individual clients.

Co-requisites: HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7504
72.0
HLT7504 Personal support workers care for persons and/or families living with a variety of brain-related challenges. Students will explore best practices to promote safe ways of interacting with persons experiencing cognitive impairment, mental health challenges and/or responsive behaviours. Students explore changes in client perception including memory, judgment, organization, language and motor skills and best practices to support healthy living. A variety of online and/or in-class learning-teaching methods, such as lectures, case studies, group work, workshops and presentations enable the student to gain the knowledge to promote healthy living for persons and/or families affected by brain related challenges.

Co-requisites: HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503
The Brain and the Mind Personal support workers care for persons and/or families living with a variety of brain-related challenges. Students will explore best practices to promote safe ways of interacting with persons experiencing cognitive impairment, mental health challenges and/or responsive behaviours. Students explore changes in client perception including memory, judgment, organization, language and motor skills and best practices to support healthy living. A variety of online and/or in-class learning-teaching methods, such as lectures, case studies, group work, workshops and presentations enable the student to gain the knowledge to promote healthy living for persons and/or families affected by brain related challenges.

Co-requisites: HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503
45.0
Level: 02 Hours
HLT7505 Personal support workers assist person's across the lifespan with routine activities of daily living, including assisting persons and/or families with medication in accordance with the plan of care. Knowledge of pathophysiology, math and pharmacology enables the student to recognize the needs of persons living with differing health challenges to promote healthy living, rehabilitation and restorative care. Students are exposed to a variety of learning-teaching methods such as lecture, case studies, online and interactive activities.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7506 and HLT7507 and HLT7508 and HLT7509
Advanced Theory for the Personal Support Worker Personal support workers assist person's across the lifespan with routine activities of daily living, including assisting persons and/or families with medication in accordance with the plan of care. Knowledge of pathophysiology, math and pharmacology enables the student to recognize the needs of persons living with differing health challenges to promote healthy living, rehabilitation and restorative care. Students are exposed to a variety of learning-teaching methods such as lecture, case studies, online and interactive activities.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7506 and HLT7507 and HLT7508 and HLT7509
60.0
HLT7506 The promotion of comfort and relief from suffering (symptom management) are important aspects when caring for terminally ill persons and/or families. Students examine principles of pain, physical and psychological comfort measures, promotion of independence, theories of grief, implications for home care and the final physical aspects of dying including grieving processes. Religious and cultural aspects are also explored. Activities implementing a variety of therapeutic activities to enhance quality of life, implications of stress on the patient and family, and support systems are also addressed through lectures, case studies, online and interactive learning methods.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7505 and HLT7507 and HLT7508 and HLT7509
End of Life Care The promotion of comfort and relief from suffering (symptom management) are important aspects when caring for terminally ill persons and/or families. Students examine principles of pain, physical and psychological comfort measures, promotion of independence, theories of grief, implications for home care and the final physical aspects of dying including grieving processes. Religious and cultural aspects are also explored. Activities implementing a variety of therapeutic activities to enhance quality of life, implications of stress on the patient and family, and support systems are also addressed through lectures, case studies, online and interactive learning methods.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7505 and HLT7507 and HLT7508 and HLT7509
30.0
HLT7507 Familiarity with human biology is essential to health care providers. Students focus on differing body structures and functions identifying the normal stages of growth and development as it pertains to persons of diverse ages and abilities. Integration of all body systems in maintaining normal human functioning, chemistry, medical and anatomical terminology are explored through in-class and/or online learning activities such as lectures, discussions, quizzes and assignments.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7505 and HLT7506 and HLT7508 and HLT7509
The Human Body II Familiarity with human biology is essential to health care providers. Students focus on differing body structures and functions identifying the normal stages of growth and development as it pertains to persons of diverse ages and abilities. Integration of all body systems in maintaining normal human functioning, chemistry, medical and anatomical terminology are explored through in-class and/or online learning activities such as lectures, discussions, quizzes and assignments.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7505 and HLT7506 and HLT7508 and HLT7509
30.0
HLT7508 Practical experience working directly with simulated environments allows students to broaden and deepen their integration of theory with professional practice in providing client service and care. Students practise essential skills, such as documenting vital signs, measurement of height and weight, elimination care, assisting with medications, and care of a client with enteral feeds, infusion therapy, wound care and/or oxygen therapy. Students also practise caring for children including bathing, diapering and supporting nutrition. Within a simulated environment, students practice administering care within a variety of scenarios, such as maternal newborn and palliative care.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7505 and HLT7506 and HLT7507 and HLT7509
Advanced Lab Skills for the Personal Support Worker Practical experience working directly with simulated environments allows students to broaden and deepen their integration of theory with professional practice in providing client service and care. Students practise essential skills, such as documenting vital signs, measurement of height and weight, elimination care, assisting with medications, and care of a client with enteral feeds, infusion therapy, wound care and/or oxygen therapy. Students also practise caring for children including bathing, diapering and supporting nutrition. Within a simulated environment, students practice administering care within a variety of scenarios, such as maternal newborn and palliative care.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7505 and HLT7506 and HLT7507 and HLT7509
60.0
HLT7509 Personal support workers continue to demonstrate their knowledge and skills caring for medically complex persons across the lifespan to promote quality of life. Students focus on health promotion, health maintenance, prevention and rehabilitation and restorative care demonstrating increased independence. Students recognize and apply concepts of the disease process and the impact on quality of life, report and document relevant changes in health. Through a supervised practical experience provides the student with an opportunity to continue working as a member of the interprofessional health care team.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7505 and HLT7506 and HLT7507 and HLT7508
Clinical Placement II Personal support workers continue to demonstrate their knowledge and skills caring for medically complex persons across the lifespan to promote quality of life. Students focus on health promotion, health maintenance, prevention and rehabilitation and restorative care demonstrating increased independence. Students recognize and apply concepts of the disease process and the impact on quality of life, report and document relevant changes in health. Through a supervised practical experience provides the student with an opportunity to continue working as a member of the interprofessional health care team.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7500 and HLT7501 and HLT7502 and HLT7503 and HLT7504

Co-requisites: HLT7505 and HLT7506 and HLT7507 and HLT7508
72.0
HLT7510 The personal support worker is responsible for promoting and maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for persons and/or families. The student is able to consistently and reliably demonstrate utilization of knowledge and skills gained throughout the program to care for persons and/or family's in community, retirement homes, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings in accordance with all applicable legislation and agency job description, policies, procedures and guidelines. Under the supervision of members of the interprofessional health care team personal support workers care for persons with differing health care needs to promote healthy living.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7505 and HLT7506 and HLT7507 and HLT7508 and HLT7509 and PSY7603
Consolidation Placement for the Personal Support Worker The personal support worker is responsible for promoting and maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for persons and/or families. The student is able to consistently and reliably demonstrate utilization of knowledge and skills gained throughout the program to care for persons and/or family's in community, retirement homes, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings in accordance with all applicable legislation and agency job description, policies, procedures and guidelines. Under the supervision of members of the interprofessional health care team personal support workers care for persons with differing health care needs to promote healthy living.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7505 and HLT7506 and HLT7507 and HLT7508 and HLT7509 and PSY7603
72.0
PSY7603 The following important concepts are examined: the biological basis 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 basis 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

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $4,088.36. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $13,638.36. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/ro/pay/tuition-and-expenses

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts

Books and supplies cost approximately $600 for the program duration and can be purchased in the campus bookstore. Uniforms and shoes cost approximately $200.

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 (subject to change) 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. The annual influenza vaccine is required prior to clinical.
  • 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

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Fall 2014 Information:
PSW-clinical-preplacement-form-fall-2014
Student Communication Package Fall 2014

Application Information

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER
Program Code 6307X01FPM


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 https://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 in the Ottawa Valley
1 College Way
Pembroke, ON K8A 0C8
Telephone: 613-735-4700 ext. 2708
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723

Additional Information

* A current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certificate is required prior to clinical placement.

Police Records Check Documentation:

Successful completion of clinical placement 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 a long time to obtain this documentation; submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the program coordinator or chair.

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

Students gain hands-on experience with healthcare facilities throughout Renfrew County. Travel costs and any incurred costs, including parking fees, are the responsibility of each student. Students participate in clinical placements that may require evenings, overnight and weekend shift work.
 
Note: Many of the agencies used for clinical experience are not within walking distance of the College. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical placements. The final clinical placement may require attendance at weekend, evening or night clinical experiences.
The Food Handlers Certificate course is included as part of HLT7106 - Consolidation Placement.

Currently many institutions/agencies that employ personal support workers require the Food Handlers Certificate (six-hour course). The Pembroke Campus, in partnership with Public Health, offers students the opportunity to obtain this certificate. It is important to note that although successful obtainment of this certificate is not a requirement to complete the program, employment opportunities may be limited for those without a Food Handlers Certificate.

For more information, please call 613-735-4700 ext. 2706.
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