Personal Support Worker (Intensive) - 995

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.

Program Highlights

Mohawk’s new intensive Personal Support Worker (PSW) program gets you future ready, faster!

  • No tuition fee
  • Funding for textbooks and other supplies
  • Paid work placement
  • Graduate in 21 weeks with a full PSW Ontario college credential

The intensive program allows students to work quickly through the program completing their certification in 21 weeks while concurrently receiving the education supporting the knowledge and experience necessary to care for individuals in their home, retirement or long-term care settings.

What you'll learn

The PSW program is taught using a variety of methods including online lectures, Simulations, hands-on labs and professional practice placement.

  • 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 a paid 300-hour professional practice placement in a health care agency under the supervision of a preceptor and instructor
  • 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

Watch a recording of the program information session video to learn more.

Program Length

21 weeks, intensive


  • 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.

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?

Tuition and Fees

This program is sponsored by the Government of Ontario. Government funding fully covers tuition and ancillary fees. Students will not directly receive these funds; your student account will be credited with a bursary for the amount that is applicable to cover the cost of tuition and fees.

Textbook & Supplies

The Government of Ontario has announced that students will be covered for the costs of the required books, supplies and personal protective equipment related to the program. Mohawk has simplified the process for students registered in the Personal Support Worker (995) program to receive all the necessary textbooks, uniform and course materials in pre-packaged bundles at no cost to you. Details on how to obtain the book and supply bundle will be provided via e-mail shortly after registration.

Other Costs/Expenses

Students are also eligible to apply for support for personal expenses (childcare, transit, etc.) incurred to complete the program up to $2,100 (which includes the cost of supplies). Additional information regarding this funding will be sent via email to your Mohawk College email address later in the semester. Please make sure to keep all receipts or proof of transactions.


Students enrolling in Personal Support Worker program can apply for OSAP funding and to Mohawk College awards through our Financial Profile application. If you have not submitted an OSAP application before please visit the OSAP website as well as our OSAP application guide for more information.

When submitting an OSAP application please do not declare any of the PSW government funding you expect to receive (mentioned above) as Mohawk will provide this information directly to the Ministry on your behalf. Any income that you receive during your study period will need to be declared as in study income if it’s greater than $5600 for your study period.

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. 

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

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

This program, including clinical placement, must be complete within 21 weeks of the start date. Clinical placements ARE occurring during the COVID pandemic, if for any reason you cannot complete your clinical hours at this time, please consider delaying the start of the program. 300 clinical hours and all courses are required for program promotion and graduation.

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 Worker 

Where you could work includes: 

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

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website


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. *

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn another credential:

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 

  • 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

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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