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Personal Support Worker (PSW) Course & Program  

  • Certificate Program – 30 weeks (total time in class and on clinical placement)
  • Offered Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings, Monday to Friday, 4 hours per day

Knowing that you are making a difference to people who need you is what makes the PSW career choice very rewarding for caring individuals with excellent people skills. The growing need for medical services by an aging population and an increased focus by government on home and long-term care are fuelling demand for trained, knowledgeable and caring Personal Support Workers.

Personal Support Worker Program Objective  

The Personal Support Worker Certificate program is designed to provide our students with the necessary training and education to pursue a career in the traditional nursing assistant role in health care environments. Students learn practical support-related skills such as assisting with routine daily living activities, personal care, mobility, safety, medications, medical conditions, household management and meal preparation along with the interpersonal skills to deal effectively with clients, families, and healthcare team members. Sensitivity to individuals and their rights is a central theme of the instruction for the Personal Support Worker. Students will acquire the necessary skills to respond to the emotional and physical needs of patients, residents and/or clients who are under their care.

Learning from the curriculum approved by the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC), the students will be working toward passing the national uniform final exam administered by NACC at the end of their program. Passing this exam is a PSW program requirement.

A clinical placement combined with practical classroom instruction ensures you graduate with confidence in yourself and in your practical skills.  

Personal Support Worker Clinical Placements  

Algonquin Careers Academy has an excellent working relationship with various organizations for clinical placement. During the last 9 weeks of the program the students will supplement their in-class training with an “on the job” clinical placement arranged by Algonquin Careers Academy. The placement provides an opportunity to apply the lessons learned in the classroom, gain confidence, and open doors to future employment.  

Successful completion of the 9 weeks of clinical placement is necessary for graduation from the Personal Support Worker program.  

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PSW Relevant Certifications

Our Personal Support Worker courses are based on the curriculum of the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) and in order to graduate from this program, students must pass a national uniform examination administered by the NACC.  

Personal Support Worker Career Opportunities

With the aging population and the greater demand for health care, PSW is a field with excellent job opportunities. Our graduates find employment in nursing homes, retirement residences, hospitals, hospices, in-home care and with health care service organizations. Personal Support Workers are an important part of the health care system delivering health care support. Relevant positions include:

  • Personal Support Worker
  • Patient Services Associate
  • Continuing Care Assistant
  • Caregiver
  • Health Care Aide
  • Long Term Care Aide
  • Nurse Aide
  • Nursing Attendant
  • Patient Care Aide
  • Patient Service Associate
  • Psychiatric Aide

Personal Support Worker Wage Information

$/hr rate:

Median High
19.85 $27.87

Source: Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates (NOC 3413-C) Ontario www.jobbank.gc.ca, March 2017

Personal Support Worker Program Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the equivalent, or if 18 years of age or over, you may apply as a mature student and write an entrance exam  
  • English language proficiency is an essential skill required for all Personal Support Workers
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Immigration approval  
  • A clear criminal background check including a clear vulnerable sector check is required
  • A medical report and up-to-date immunizations are required for placement
  • Students must be in good physical and mental condition to handle the demands of being a PSW
  • Assessment Interview to determine suitability for the PSW program
  • Applicants to the Personal Support Worker program must have a positive attitude and genuinely like helping people


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