Personal Support Worker Certificate
Personal Support Workers in Ontario are in high demand and this is a growing profession. With our Personal Support Workers PSW Certificate program, you will be able to pursue career opportunities in hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, and private care jobs. You will gain the fundamentals of personal support, care, and wellness.
Personal support workers (PSW) care for people who are ill, elderly or need help with daily tasks. You make sure your clients are comfortable, safe and enjoy emotional and physical well-being.
Responsibilities typically include:
- Care for people and families during periods of illness or recovery.
- Provide bedside and personal care to clients and help them move, bathe, groom and get dressed and undressed.
- Plan and prepare meals.
- Change non-sterile dressings and give oral medications as instructed by your home care agency or supervisor.
- Help with light housekeeping – for example, do laundry, wash dishes and make beds.
- Spend time talking with your clients.
About Our Program
The duration of Hart College’s PSW Certificate Program is 35 weeks; 700 hours.
- PSW Foundations
- Safety and Mobility
- Body systems
- Assisting with Personal Hygiene
- Abuse and Neglect
- Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration
- Care Planning/Restorative Care/Documentation/ Working in the Community
- Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
- Assisting the dying Person
- Assisting with Medications
- Cognitive and Mental Health issues and Brain Injuries
- Health Conditions
The employment outlook is good for PSW certificate holder, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412) in Ontario for the 2022-2025 periods. As baby boomers enter their retirement age, there is a higher need for PSWs. This coupled with the increase in life expectancy will further improve employment opportunities for this occupation as the number of patients and clients requiring PSW services will grow. So a PSW Certificate will help you get ahead in you career.
Demand for this occupation is also heavily delivered by provincial funding for health care and social assistance services. Given the current pandemic environment, Ontario has secured targeted funding to ensure adequate staffing in hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes and retirement homes. This should also significantly improve job prospects. The employable full time compared to part-time distribution for PSW is approximately 60% to 40%.
About the Program
The employment outlook is good for personal support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 periods. As baby boomers enter their retirement age, there is a higher need for PSWs. This coupled with the increase in life expectancy will further improve employment opportunities for this occupation as the number of patients and clients requiring PSW services will grow. Demand for this occupation is also heavily dependent on provincial funding for health care and social assistance services. Given the current pandemic environment, Ontario has secured targeted funding to ensure adequate staffing in hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes and retirement homes. This should also significantly improve job prospects. The employable full time compared to part time distribution for PSW is approximately 60% to 40%.
The duration of Hart College’s Personal Support Worker Program is 35 weeks; 700 hours.
1 – PSW Foundations
This module provides an overview of the Personal support Worker role in a variety of settings. Students will learn the principles of client-centered versus client-directed care, emphasizing the individuality of the client and his/her relationship with family, friends, and others.
2 –Safety and Mobility
This module deals with aspects of safety as they relate to both the client/customer and the worker. One of the fundamental activities of the Personal Support Worker is assisting the client/customer with routine activities of living.
3 – Body systems
This module introduces students to the basics of anatomy and physiology. Students will gain an understanding of human body systems in order to apply that knowledge in their daily work as a Personal support Worker.
4 – Assisting with Personal Hygiene
PSW’s must have the knowledge, skill, and sensitivity to provide appropriate assistance to another person, since a significant number of clients for whom they provide service have disabilities that affect their ability to look after their personal hygiene.
5 – Abuse and Neglect
This module introduces students to the concepts of family violence and abuse, including its possible signs, as well as appropriate actions to be taken if abuse is suspected, including legal requirements.
6 – Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration
In this module students will learn to assist the client with their nutritional needs, household activities, and household management according to client preferences, comfort, and safety within employer guidelines as required.
7 – Care Planning/Restorative Care/Documentation/ Working in the Community
The PSW must know the purpose of planning, the ways in which planning is done, and the persons who are involved, including client, support workers, caregivers, and professionals. As members of the support team, PSWs will learn about implementing parts of the care plan and communicating information accurately and without judgement. These activities are conducted in accordance with employer guidelines (agency or client).
8 – Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
This module builds a foundation for students to understand family characteristics in terms of structure, functions, roles, lifestyle, and relationships. The influence of cultural values, practices, religious beliefs as well as the effects of illness, stress, disability on family relationships will be emphasized as central to the PSWs ability to provide effective support..
9 – Assisting the dying Person
In this module, students discuss the concept of dying as a part of life and the possible impact of life-threatening illness on the person and their family. Students will also examine personal beliefs about life-threatening illness, dying, and the provision of support to the dying person and their family and friends.
10 – Assisting with Medications
Students will identify purposes of medication, required instruction/information about medications to be administered, and cautions with regard to medications. Students will develop and demonstrate skill in reading and interpreting information in prescription containers, and demonstrate assistance with oral/topical medications as well as eye, ear, and nose drops.
11 – Cognitive and Mental Health issues and Brain Injuries
This module will introduce the student to common psychiatric conditions, substance abuse and cognitive impairment and brain injuries. The possibility of multiple conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression will be discussed. The role of the family caregiver will be reviewed, as well as the importance of observation, documentation and reporting.
12 – Health Conditions
This module introduces the student to basic concepts of assistance as well as the general effects on the person of common disabilities, ongoing conditions and diseases.