Personal Support Worker - 110
- Program is taught using a variety of methods including online, classroom lecture, clinical and lab experiences and field placement.
- Complete your certificate with a focus in gerontology by working with adults at the new training facility at The Village of Wentworth Heights.
- $2,000 Scholarship for all full-time students starting in Fall 2022. Check the Tuition and Fees section for more information.
Interested in starting this summer?
Apply now for Mohawk's Personal Support Worker (Accelerated) program starting in July.
- No tuition or fees for domestic students
- Funding for textbooks and other required supplies
- Online condensed schedule for flexibility
- Paid work placement in the final three months of the program
- Graduate with a full PSW credential in less than six months
Compare Mohawk's PSW and PSW (Accelerated) programs
Learn more about the Personal Support Worker and Personal Support Worker (Accelerated) options. View the comparison chart.
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.
1 academic year (period of 8 months)
View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.
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- OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
- Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
- Grade 10 Mathematics, D (Academic) or P (Applied) level
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.
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
$2,000 Scholarship for all full-time students starting Personal Support Worker - 110 in Fall 2022
All full-time international and domestic students starting in Semester 1 of the Personal Support Worker Program - 110 in Fall 2022 are eligible; this includes all Mohawk campus locations (Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Six Nations Polytechnic Brantford and Wentworth Heights – Schlegel).
- Students who remain registered in a full-time capacity until September 21 will be provided with the scholarship.
- Students who withdraw or change to part-time status before September 21, will be ineligible for this scholarship.
- The tuition scholarship will be applied to the student account after September 21, 2022.
- Students will be required to complete a Scholarship Attestation to receive the scholarship, this will be sent directly to students after the start of the semester.
2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$831.02||$712.05|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$108.00||$0.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$2,293.06||$2,066.09|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$4,359.15|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,095.00||$8,095.00|
|Program Compulsory Fees||$108.00||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00|
|Total International Charges Per Semester||$8,653.00||$8,470.00|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$17,123.00|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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.
Course Overview & Descriptions
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How you'll gain skills
- Through the use of simulation, structured lab activities and supervised placements.
- By applying combined theoretical knowledge with practical skills during clinical placements.
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 clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.
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.
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 jessica.mcdonald5 [at] mohawkcollege.ca (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 is required annually, and more often if requested by the placement agencies.
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:
- VULNERABLE SECTOR POLICE CHECK – valid within 6 months
- 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
- FIRE SAFETY
- 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.
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.
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
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. *
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways beyond Mohawk
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
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:
- 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.
The Library has some good documentation regarding Canvas and 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.
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