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.
  • Apply theoretical learning in an authentic, real-world setting when you study in the Living Classroom at the Tansley Woods or Wentworth Heights campuses.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

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

Discover our campuses

Get Future Ready for a career in senior living at Tansley Woods

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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Program delivery

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Please note: in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes vary according to the program and some programs may be in-person only. Refer to the Program Overview for more information.




  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Please see Experiential Learning tab for important information on first semester pre-placement requirements

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2024 - 2025 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$881.96 $785.16 
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$121.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,357.00 $2,139.20 
Total 1st Year Fees$4,496.20

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

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,525.00 $8,525.00 
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$121.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$9,096.00 $8,900.00 
Total 1st Year Fees$17,996.00

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

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

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By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

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

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.

Please note: If a student is unable to meet the Non-Academic Requirements for clinical placements, including immunization requirements, regardless of the reason, the placement setting may decline the request for placement as a result of the incomplete requirements. If there is an inability to complete the placement requirements of the program, progression in the program is not possible. For further details on specific requirements, please contact Preplacement Services at preplacementservices [at] (preplacementservices[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca).

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 weeks at the end of the semester, Monday to Friday. 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 (Recommended, mandatory in some clinical settings)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine (third vaccination dose mandatory in some clinical settings)
  • 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.


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

Transfer from

You can transfer to the Personal Support Worker - 110 from the following programs:

Career Pathways

Fennell Campus (FF)
Ontario College Certificate

Receiving Program

Personal Support Worker

Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster (IH)
Six Nations Polytechnic - Brantford (SB)
Wentworth Heights - Schlegel
Ontario College Certificate

Mohawk College makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of each transfer opportunity. Please note that changes may occur in program offerings, admission requirements, and transfer credits granted by the receiving institutions. We advise all students to check with the receiving institution directly for the most up-to-date information.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Search for more pathways with Ontario public colleges and universities.

Mohawk College makes no warranty or endorsement of material contained within links to external websites, nor does the College assume any responsibility for the linked website or its contents.

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.

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*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