Personal Support Worker - 110

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Develop a broad range of abilities to reflect the sensitivity and respect required to provide valuable service to clients.

Program Highlights

  • Program is taught using a variety of methods including online, classroom lecture, clinical and lab experiences and field placement.
  • Collaborative learning environment where you and your peers will experience simulated and real-life opportunities in state-of-the-art labs.
  • Online theory classes to support study-life balance.
  • Complete your certificate with a focus in gerontology by working with adults at the new training facility at The Village of Wentworth Heights.

What you'll learn

  • Apply combined theoretical knowledge with practical skills to work as a team member with clients, families, nurses, physicians and other support services.
  • Hands-on experience through professional practice placements in health care agencies under the supervision of instructors and preceptors.
  • Provide service to a wide variety of clients.
  • Recognize legislation that is relevant to the role including the Human Rights Code, Child and Family Services Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Long Term Care Homes Amendment Act and the acts it amends.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Discover our campuses

NEW! The Village of Tansley Woods, Burlington


Mohawk College's new campus located at The Village of Tansley Woods provides students the opportunity to study and learn in a retirement and long term care environment.

The Village of Wentworth Heights, Hamilton


Complete your Personal Support Worker Certificate with a focus in gerontology by working with older adults at the new training facility at The Village of Wentworth Heights.

Six Nations Polytechnic - Brantford

Six Nations Polytechnic, Brantford Campus, gives students the opportunity to study the Mohawk College Personal Support Worker program while staying close to home.

Discover the Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster

The Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) is located in West Hamilton on the McMaster campus. The IAHS campus is where the majority (but not all) of our health programs are taught. Learn more about the IAHS:

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The admissions team is available to help, you can contact them via Admissions or by phone at 1-844-767-6871.


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Contact us or phone 905-575-2460.

Program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered.




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 progress in the program. A clear PRCVS is required at a minimum annually, and more often if requested by the placement agencies.

Preclearance requirements:

  • Clear PRCVS, completed within last 6 months and valid for full upcoming semester
  • Immunizations - Tdap, Varicella, Hep B, MMR
  • Tuberculin Skin Test
  • Flu Vaccine 
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Standard First Aid & CPR-Level BLS/HCP
  • Mask Fit 
  • WSIB Consent Links 
  • Fire Safety
  • AODA
  • Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment
  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps - Bill 18
  • Student Consent and Waiver for Clinical Placements  

Note: This program may require students to bring their own mobile computer devices (BYOD) to classes.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Placement Requirements for the Living Classroom (Wentworth Heights)

Have Police check and Step 2 TB skin test completed by Week 2 have rest of NARs submitted by Week 5.

Tuition and Fees

2022 - 2023 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $846.45 $727.48 
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $108.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,308.49 $2,081.52
Total 1st Year Fees $4,390.01


Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2022 - 2023 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,255.00 $8,255.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $108.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,813.00 $8,630.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,443.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

Pre-clinical requirements

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.

To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned.

Professional Practice placements

Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. Students should expect to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placements in our catchment area that includes Hamilton, Brantford, Halton, Niagara, Norfolk and surrounding regions.

Placements are assigned using randomization software based on placement options and students indicating preferences. Unfortunately, not everyone gets placed where they want as it is not logistically possible. We do not move students after the randomization process has been completed.  

Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to clinical placements.

First semester clinical placements run two consecutive days per week for 7 weeks. Shifts start as early as 6 am.

Second semester clinical placements can include days, evenings and weekend shifts. We recommend and encourage students to be flexible with placement hours as the placement facility will arrange and schedule their shifts. ONLY students who have successfully completed all theory classes and non-academic requirements (NARs) will be eligible for clinical placement.

For more information regarding the Personal Support Worker clinical placement, please contact [at] (the clinical placement specialist).

Successful completion of Professional Practice

Successful completion of Professional Practice clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Personal Support  Worker program. Professional Practice is an academic requirement across all semesters of the program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector  (PRCSVS). As such, 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.

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 progress in the program. A Clear PRCVS, completed within last 6 months and valid for full upcoming semester is required.

Non-academic requirements (NARs)

Students are responsible to cover all costs associated with non-academic requirements (NARs). Students must have the following non-academic requirements (NARs) submitted by week 5 for first semester and prior to the start of second semester. Please note that all requirements below must be valid for the full clinical placement in order to start your clinical placement.

  • Clear PRCVS, completed within last 6 months and valid for full upcoming semester
  • Immunizations - Tdap, Varicella, Hep B, MMR
  • Tuberculin skin test
  • Flu vaccine
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Standard first aid and CPR-Level BLS/HCP
  • Mask fit
  • WSIB Consent
  • Fire safety
  • AODA
  • Workplace violence and workplace harassment
  • Worker health and safety awareness in 4 steps - BILL 18
  • Gentle persuasive approaches (GPA) in person is recommended and encouraged for PSW students
  • Student consent and waiver for clinical placements

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities



Your future career options

  • Personal Support Workers

Where you could work includes:

  • Home Care Agencies and Long Term Care Homes
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Hospitals

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Additional Information

Other expenses:

Non-academic requirements (NARs), uniforms, textbooks and lab kits. 

Minimum technical and software requirements for Online Learning courses

Computer and Internet Connection:
You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High-speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience. Some courses have more advanced system requirements.


  • Individual courses may have additional software requirements. This may include video or audio playing software or a specific software application.
  • Most courses require word processing software.
  • In some instances, it may be necessary for some users to upgrade their Flash or Java versions.
  • Please ensure you are using an updated web browser such as Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, as most videos and resources are compatible with these. 

The following items may also be required for some courses:

  • Speakers/Headphones. 
  • Web Camera and Microphone. 
  • Virtual reality headset (do not purchase this unless instructed to do so)

Learning Management System:

Mohawk College uses Canvas as a Learning Management System (LMS). You will interact with this platform in all your course at Mohawk. Below is the Canvas community guide for browser requirements. To access press CTRL on your computer then click on the link. The link will walk you through computer specifications, Operating Systems, Internet speed, and screen readers needed to run Canvas both on your computer and a mobile device. Visit Canvas for more information.

Canvas student guide provides links and resources to help you navigate any issues you may have.

You can also visit the student tech support on your My Mohawk page or by pressing CTRL on your computer and clicking on the link below. Here you will find support for all Technological resources such as Zoom Web Conferencing, Office 365 and Mohawk Apps. Visit Student Techincal Support.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

Contact Student Recruitment
Haven’t applied yet and have questions?
Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and more.

Contact Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

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Mohawk College exceeded my expectations of education. The support through the pandemic with the intensive PSW program from all staff at Mohawk was exceptional. It was an amazingly rewarding journey to move into a new career where I make a huge difference in the lives of residents and their families.

Becoming a PSW was the best choice I've ever made. Mohawk was the best College to make that a reality through their education and support. I believe Mohawk is why I have the amazing job that I have now. Welcome to the most rewarding career that you will ever have!

Tamara Honiball, 2021


The Personal Support Worker program at Mohawk College gave me the practical tools to be able to function as a safe professional when making a difference and giving the best of me while I am working. My instructors became friends to me, especially one that supported and encouraged me with her knowledge and own experiences. I am still in contact with her and consider her my mentor. Now, with my experience at work, I believe that a PSW must be an active listener, if not you could miss what your residents need or what is going on inside their hearts. If you are like me in that English is not your first language, would like to study at Mohawk, and work as a PSW...…don’t worry…...Love is a universal language.

Sandra Mejia de Lemus, 2019

Miranda Ferrier

I had a phenomenal experience at Mohawk. While taking the 8-month intensive program, I always felt supported by my instructors. They encouraged us and pushed us, preparing us for our future jobs. To this day I continue to stay in touch with three of my instructors and value them as true mentors. Seeing the need for supports in my field, I started the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association with the help of two of my former instructors. Today, as the president of the association, I work to bring more regulations to the field of PSWs. Congratulations on choosing this satisfying, yet at times, difficult career. Not just anyone can be a PSW. Be proud of that. 

Miranda Ferrier, 2006