Personal Support Worker

Do you see yourself providing care for people in need? See yourself working within a hospital or senior’s recreation centre? Learn the fundamentals for providing daily personal care to those dealing with aging, illness or injury.

Program Duration
Full Time: 40 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
15 weeks
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
Accreditation
National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) Curriculum

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CERTIFICATE

As a Personal Support Worker (PSW), you provide daily care to individuals who need assistance as they deal with the effects of aging, injury, or illness. You work alongside and under the direction of a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse. As you compassionately care for and assist patients with personal hygiene, meal preparation, household management and in dealing with various ongoing conditions, you often develop close and rewarding relationships. As such, your knowledge and abilities must frequently go beyond dexterity as a PSW and encompass a deep understanding of your overall value to each client, as you perform your responsibilities and support with sensitivity and respect.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The program is 40 weeks, including a 15-week practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. It focuses mainly on caring for elderly patients and as such, covers topics of abuse and safety, cognitive impairment, mental health issues, and personal hygiene. In addition, you will discover and practice the interpersonal skills that are invaluable to your new profession, as you care for and support your clients with dignity, kindness and respect.

To ensure you are trained in the various specialized areas you may pursue, you will also learn about childcare and assisting new mothers and newborns. In our PSW program, you have the distinct advantage of working within our fully equipped, simulated hospital room and practical nursery room. We have equipment ranging from wheelchairs and Hoyer lifts, to specialized hospital beds. You will have all the hands-on practice required to feel comfortable and confident when caring for patients of all ages and abilities.

WHAT SETS US APART

Beyond our industry-expert instructors, easy-to-use training materials and a hands-on learning environment for you to experience what it feels like to work in a healthcare facility – what sets us apart, is a community of support, sharing your interests and goals for creating a life-changing career path, one that will become like a family as you navigate your way to success.

FROM CLASSROOM TO LIFE

  • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through practicum with healthcare employers
  • Work within our fully equipped, simulated hospital room and practical nursery
  • Learn with your fellow classmates, through materials and practice, how to provide exceptional patient support and be part of a professional team

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It all started with a visit to Anderson College! … I was enrolled and now I’m a proud, certified Personal Support Worker. … I was blessed to have great tutors, vibrant classmates from different backgrounds and an environment to conducive to learning success. My PSW instructor … was very caring and always willing to offer professional advice.
The value of the college isn’t simply in the education, it is in the variety of programs offered and building a social network that allows you to succeed in life. So, whenever you are ready for a life-changing career, just follow the path that leads to Anderson College.

Nadine D.

Faculty

Monica C.

Monica C - Anderson College Faculty Member

“I try to create a caring environment for my students as I believe a positive environment is conducive to learning. I gain satisfaction from teaching, motivating and mentoring my students. As Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”

Monica has been a Registered Nurse since 2004 and has since worked in both hospital and community settings. Throughout her nursing career she has provided health education and nursing care, engaged in research activities, and delivered supportive counselling and life skills programming. She has been a Personal Support Worker program instructor since 2006, incorporating a variety of teaching and learning strategies into her methodology in order to meet students’ needs.

Monica received her RN Diploma from Durham College before going on to achieve a BSc in Nursing from York University. She also holds a BA in Sociology from York University.

Iam O.

Iam O - Anderson College Faculty Member

“I love teaching because I believe the best way to educate my students is by engaging them. Through teaching, I get to show my students how important health care providers are to the community, and how they can use what they learn in my classroom to succeed in their future careers.”

Iam has over 10 years’ experience working in various medical settings, which has enabled her to adapt and respond appropriately to any emergency situations, while ensuring she provides quality client-centered care. Throughout her career, she has gained extensive experience in a variety of roles and working in numerous medical settings, including long term care, home care, emergency and psychiatric nursing, hospitals, and clinics.

Iam is a Registered Practical Nurse who is certified in IV Therapies, and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. She is a certified Psychiatric Nurse and has also received a Certificate of Professional Development from the National Association of Career Colleges.

Agnes V.

“It is very satisfying for me to teach and help my students achieve their goals. I have a lot of empathy and respect for the incredible struggles our students overcome, as many of them are also working and caring for their families while they are completing their studies.”

Agnes has over 50 years’ experience in nursing, having worked in various hospital and long term care settings, including acute care and mental health. She also owned and ran her own nursing agency for 16 years, employing 170 staff members and servicing nine long term care facilities. Agnes has been a Personal Support Worker instructor for almost 18 years, delivering a comprehensive and relevant learning experience to her upcoming PSW students.

Agnes has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has completed a variety of post graduate courses, including Gerontology, Psychiatry, Mental Health and Business Administration.

Fran O.

“I love instructing because it gives me the opportunity to inspire, support, and mentor my students. I get to share my knowledge with others, as well as to discover and share some of the best parts of being human. Every day I’m hopeful to make a difference in some individual’s life which goes beyond knowledge.”

Fran O’Reilly has over two decades’ experience in nursing, having worked in both the mental health and community sectors. Throughout her career she has developed leadership, collaboration, and communication abilities, all of which apply equally to nursing and instructing. Her skills range from developing and implementing treatment and care plans, to providing a safe and confidential environment in which to administer care.

Fran completed a 2 year Diploma program in Social Service Work and has been a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) since 1998.

Rani H.

“I enjoy giving my students a strong foundation of knowledge in healthcare, and instilling them with confidence. I emphasize a positive work ethic, and love encouraging students to be passionate about their Personal Support Worker careers.”

Rani has over 25 years’ experience as a registered nurse, including 17 in hospital settings. Her clinical work encompassed acute care, medicine, surgery, and ER, as well as managing outpatient services. During her career she has excelled in patient care, medical rounds, and discharge planning, coordinating care conferences and collaborating with community agencies and pharmacies to provide home care services. During her time at Lakeshore General Hospital in Quebec she was a member of the Council of Nurses committee, and also taught the preceptorship program for student nurses.

Rani earned her BSc in Nursing with Honours from the University of Ottawa. She is CPR certified, and an active member of both the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

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