Personal Support Worker - 110
- 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.
1 academic year (period of 8 months)
View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.
Thank you to the generous support of donors!
Thank you to the generous support of donors as part of the Mohawk College Foundation’s ‘Scrubbing in to support PSW students’ campaign, PSW students are eligible to receive a free pair of scrubs.
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.
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- 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
- See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
- Successful completion of the GAS-English for Academic Purposes (478 or 278) program
- TOEFL minimum score of 550 (80 Internet based)
- or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5
- More information about acceptable certificates, can be found on the International Admission Requirements
Tuition and Fees
2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees
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Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
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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.
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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 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 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 kaleigh.best [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, completed within last 6 months and valid for full upcoming semester is required.
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
- 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
- Practical Nursing (PSW to PN Bridging Stream) - 758)
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.
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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