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What will I learn?

Experience hands-on learning and field placement opportunities!

Overview

This program trains students to offer personal care and home management services to clients in community or institutional settings. Personal support workers provide services to clients with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. Learn hands-on in the classroom, on community placements and in the home environment simulation lab equipped with high-end fidelity audio/visual equipment and interactive mannequins. PSWs are highly sought after as health care providers, working collaboratively as part of the health care team or in a supported independent living environment.

Note: This program is offered in North Bay and Parry Sound.

Your Future Career

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community/home care
  • Hospitals
  • Hospice

What You Learn

  • Nutritional menu planning
  • Clinical and community care (hospital and long-term)
  • Simulation and lab work
  • Diseases and pharmacology
  • Patient client home care

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Work within the personal support worker role in community, retirement homes, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings in accordance with all applicable legislation and employer's job description, policies, procedures and guidelines.

2. Act responsibly and be accountable for own actions while recognizing the boundaries of knowledge and skills within the personal support worker role that require collaboration with the clients, families, supervisors and/or other members of the interprofessional care/service team.

3. Participate as a member of the interprofessional care/service team and maintain collaborative working relationships in the provision of supportive care in community, retirement homes, long-term care homes and/or hospital care settings.

4. Provide client-centred and client-directed care that is based on ethical principles, sensitive to diverse client and family values, beliefs and needs, and which follows the direction of the plan of care/service plan.

5. Establish and maintain helping relationships with clients and their families reflecting open communication, professional boundaries, and employer’s policies and adhering to confidentiality and privacy legislation.

6. Identify relevant client information using basic assessment and communication skills and report and document findings in accordance with the requirements of employer policies and procedures and all applicable legislation.

7. Promote and maintain a safe and comfortable environment for clients, their families, self and others including the implementation of infection prevention and control measures and emergency first aid procedures that are in keeping with the plan of care/service plan, employer policies and procedures, and all applicable legislation.

8. Assist clients across the lifespan with routine activities of daily living by applying basic knowledge of growth and development, common alterations in functioning, disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, rehabilitation and restorative care.

9. Assist clients with medication in keeping with the direction of the plan of care/service plan and under the direction and monitoring of a regulated health professional or most accountable person and in accordance with all applicable legislation and employer's policies.

Which department am I in?

School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,422.97 (US$ 9,645) per year
Start date

September 2022

Venue

Canadore College

College Drive Campus,

100 College Drive,

NORTH BAY,

Ontario (ON),

P1B 8K9, Canada

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,422.97 (US$ 9,645) per year
Start date

September 2022

Venue

West Parry Sound Campus

1 College Drive,

PARRY SOUND,

Ontario (ON),

P2A 0A9, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a OSSD or equivalent. If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college.

For international students

OSSD or equivalent,

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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