Personal Support Worker - 110

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

Program Highlights

  • 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.

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 the new PSW training facility at the Village of Wentworth Heights

 

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. 

 

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

 

Haven’t applied and need help?
Connect with an advisor by email at discover@mohawkcollege.ca or phone 905-575-2460.


Fall 2020 program delivery

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

 

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Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $753.47 $698.20 
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $105.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,212.51 $2,052.24
Total 1st Year Fees $4,264.75

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

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,879.00 $7,935.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $105.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,434.00 $8,310.00
Total 1st Year Fees $16,744.00

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

Admission

  • 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.

Options are available for mature applicants.

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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. 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.

Clinical 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.

Second semester clinical placements can include days, evenings and weekend shifts.

For more information regarding the Personal Support Worker 296 hour clinical placement, please contact diana.powell [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Clinical%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Diana%2C%0A%0A) (the clinical placement specialist.)

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

Opportunities

Opportunities

Where you can go next

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

Opportunities for grads

  • OPSWA (Ontario Personal Support Workers Association)

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

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.

Additional Information

Other expenses:

NARS, uniforms, text books and lab kits 

Minimum technical and software requirements for Online Learning courses

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.


Software:

  • 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 head set (do not purchase this unless instructed to do so)

Learning Managment 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.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

Contact Student Recruitment
Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on our programs, student life, and more.
Email: discover@mohawkcollege.ca

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
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
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.

Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Blair Goodman

Canadian Domestic Students

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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