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Personal Support Worker – Hybrid (34 weeks)

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.

Downtown

Mississauga

North York

Program Duration
Full Time: 34 weeks
Practicum Duration
15 weeks
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

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. 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 IS THE PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER – HYBRID PROGRAM?

Instead of taking every class on campus, students now have the chance to learn online at their own pace and also attend some virtual classes with the program instructor. This methodology of teaching and learning has some big benefits for students.

Anderson’s PSW – Hybrid program is great for students who would like to manage day-to-day activities along with educating themselves for a high, in-demand career as a Personal Support Worker. With above-average job growth, low-unemployment rate, and the current pandemic situation, the Personal Support Worker – Hybrid program is designed such that upon completion, our students are ready to join the work force in months!

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WHAT TO EXPECT

The Personal Support Worker Hybrid program can be completed in 34 weeks, including 10 weeks of clinical / long-term care and 5 weeks of community care externships. The externship focuses mainly on caring for elderly patients and covers topics of abuse and safety, cognitive impairment, mental health issues, and personal hygiene. In addition, you will discover and practice the interpersonal skills which will be invaluable to your career 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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Contact us to talk with one of our Admissions Experts. We’ll walk you through the details of what you’ll need and how to apply, the details of the program curriculum and the next steps to get you on your way to your first, or next, successful career.

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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

Hamsha M., BScN, HBSc

"I'm truly passionate about engaging with and teaching my students the wonders of personal support work using clinical expertise and current best practices in the field of medicine. My goal is to connect with my students on an academic and human level and to provide a safe space for them to learn and develop the skills they need to work competently, ethically, and compassionately with vulnerable patient populations in our community. My teaching philosophy for my students is not about perfection, but rather the ongoing pursuit of knowledge in healthcare to provide the best care possible we can to those that need it the most."

Hamsha is a registered oncology nurse with over 10 years of experience in the nursing field and is passionate about healthcare and adult education.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and has gained experience in various clinical fields including maternal/newborn care, general medicine, oncology/palliative care, and community health nursing. She remains a current member in good standing as a registered nurse (RN) with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and is entitled to practice without any restrictions.

Hamsha graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) from the University of Toronto, double majoring in human biology and zoology.

Hamsha's love of teaching and preceptorship of nursing and personal support worker students began while she worked as a staff nurse at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the Department of Radiation Oncology. This love of medicine, patient-focused care, and education brought her to Anderson College as a healthcare instructor. She teaches the Personal Support Worker-Hybrid, Medical Office Administrator, and health unit coordinating programs.

Further to her current role as a senior healthcare instructor, Hamsha is the program chair of the Personal Support Worker-Hybrid program and was actively involved in the research and ongoing development of the program which aims to educate, train, and competently prepare students interested in a personal support worker career.

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.

Barbara T., B.Sc.N., R.N.

Barbara T-Anderson College

“As a PSW Instructor, my experience as a Public Health Nurse has broadened my teaching and facilitation skills by utilizing adult learning principles. I practice by applying a strength-based lens and approach to recognize, enhance and build the capacity of each student and support their individualized and unique learning styles.”

Barbara earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N.) from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She remains a current member in good standing as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).

Prior to becoming an instructor at Anderson College, she has worked as a staff nurse at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Forensic Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Psychogeriatric Team and as a Public Health Nurse for both the Region of Peel and the City of Toronto.

As a committed believer in lifelong learning, Barbara has completed the Clinical Skills Program for Well Woman Care at McMaster University while working in a Public Health Healthy Sexuality Clinic, the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course and the Ruth Ruttan & Associates Advanced Nursing Footcare Course.

Gloria M.

“I am very passionate about teaching. As an instructor, I understand that students choose to study PSW course, but they are not sure if this is the right field they should get for their future. I feel that my mission is to teach and guide them the best I can so that they can agree that this is the right course, and that they can be part of the staff community during this crucial time in our world.”

Gloria is a Registered Nurse from George Brown College. She is also a certified CPR and an active member of both the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Registered Nurse Association of Ontario.

She has several experiences including hospital, private health care settings, and community-based centres dealing with wide range of medical areas, as well as acute medical and surgical conditions. She has also been a Personal Support Worker program instructor since 2014, incorporating a variety of teaching and learning strategies in order to meet the students needs.

Gloria achieved her certificate as an Occupational Health Nurse with distinction at St. Lawrence College.

Jasbir S.

Jasbir S, anderson college

“As a health professional, I always feel motivated and excited when it comes to assisting students in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the health care field. I always try to motivate and inspire individuals to come into this noble profession and be able to lead a successful future.”

Jasbir has earned her BSc in Nursing from India, she is CPR certified and an active member of College of Nurses of Ontario. She has immense experience in teaching all the medical subjects to the nursing students in various private career colleges, as she has managed large groups, trained health professionals in class and provided hands on training to nursing and personal support worker students since 2007. She has worked in various care communities as a registered nurse since 2012.

Jasbir received her RN degree from India and since has served in different health care colleges as clinical instructor and Registered Nurse in different long-term cares since 2007.

Angeera W.I., BScN, BEd

"I envisioned becoming an educator one day once I knew I had the experience, knowledge, and skill set to teach what I know best, 'health care!' I am happy to share with the amazing students enrolled in the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program at Anderson College as they begin their healthcare educational journey. I know that as I facilitate our students we will also learn together and from each other. In turn, they will be prepared for their future healthcare work-related experiences!"

Angeera is a Toronto Metropolitan University and Brock University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Education (BEd). She is a registered nurse with 17 years of nursing experience in labour/delivery, postpartum, and special care nursery/paediatrics.

A majority of her nursing career is in the intensive care unit, both medical/cardiovascular, and emergency room. Angeera held simultaneous employment adventures working for Princess Cruises as a nursing officer, her role included responding to critical situations alongside coastguards and medevac with 4000 passengers and crew onboard. Her love of nursing leads Angeera to the field of education starting with Seneca College and Centennial College, and currently working with Anderson College.

Fely Grace P., BScN

“Teaching is a calling, a calling to serve and to impart our knowledge to future professionals. It is a very fulfilling job being able to see how students transform from having zero knowledge on day 1 to being confident and knowledgeable at the end of the program. I admire their perseverance and hard work because truly hard work beats talent. And to my current and future students "always remember to reach for the moon and the sun for if you'll fall you will be among the stars.”

Fely grew up in a family of teachers and she can proudly say that teaching is in her genes. She has been a nurse for 17 years and 13 years of those were serving the community in Toronto.

She was a professor of nursing in the Philippines before immigrating to Canada and had the privilege to teach the personal support worker program with various colleges in Toronto since 2015. She knows that being able to impart her education and skills to personal support worker students is an extremely rewarding accomplishment.

Iryna R., BSc

"Dear students, always believe in yourself. You are now a part of a heal care team, take care of your health and the people around you. You are a professional who can change a person's life providing encouragement, comfort, and hope. You can change their world. I believe and know you all can do that. Regardless of your age, background, or status, you can achieve your goals and go beyond. Do your best no matter what the task is, and you will find your happy place."

Iryna is a registered practical nurse and has been in the healthcare industry for over a decade within the fields of pharmacology and nursing. Besides having a bachelor's degree, Iryna graduated with honours from the practical nursing program at George Brown College. Currently, Iryna is enrolled in the BScN nursing program at Trent University.

Since 2019, Iryna has been working as a personal support worker instructor. Her students are primarily adults who want to become healthcare workers and help people when they need it the most. She is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and working experience with students who are looking to start their careers in the healthcare field. She believes that every single life is precious and demonstrates that daily in the field and the classroom.

Karen C.

"I am committed to sharing my knowledge and mentoring my students. I will encourage and motivate them to become the very best version of themselves."

Karen has more than 12 years of experience as a registered practical nurse having graduated from Seneca College with honours. She has experience in inpatient and day surgery, paediatrics, medicine, postpartum, NICU and addictions. She is experienced in adult education and taught for 10 years before joining Anderson College.

Karen successfully managed her own business for 13 years in the health and wellness industry and currently, she works in rare diseases and is the senior manager of clinical operations with Shoppers Specialty Health Network.

Lani P., BScN, MA

"I believe that the combination of my nursing and teaching experiences are great tools for helping my students succeed. Sharing my knowledge and skills with them makes them connect, perform better, and become stronger as professionals. I am always open to my students, they can always ask for my advice, my opinions, and my views about anything. We share humour as well. As much as possible, I want them to be comfortable with me, feel at ease, and enjoy learning, because I believe in the quote by Louis Mercier 'What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.'"

Lani started her career as a nurse in the Philippines holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She worked as a staff nurse before a promotion to chief nurse, she then wanted to expand her career ambitions and went to Jubail, Saudi Arabia taking on the position of head nurse at Al Fanateer Hospital.

She went back to the Philippines and obtained her Master of Arts in Nursing Science, majoring in maternal/child nursing with a position as a clinical instructor of BScN students, level 4 in CSA-B College of Nursing. Most recently, Lani was a community health nurse in Canada at VHA and Kew Beach Transitional Unit for 10 years before coming to Anderson College as a personal support worker instructor.

Sindhuja K., BScN

“As an instructor, I believe that the PSW program is not there only to help students graduate as PSWs, but this is also their first step in health care education that carries them towards greater career opportunities. My goal is to encourage students by providing a strong educational foundation to grow as skillful and compassionate health care workers."

Sindhuja is a registered practical nurse (RPN) with good standing at the College of Nurses of Ontario. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from the Open University of Malaysia and is a potential graduate of Ryerson University. She has been a nurse for more than 12 years and has acquired clinical expertise as a critical care nurse, surgical nurse, and community nurse. She has been teaching Anderson College's PSW program since 2019 and has experienced teaching in in-class and online platforms.

Sindhuja received her RPN diploma from Centennial College, before entering the Ryerson University BScN program. She is currently working as an RPN in the community.

Tikiri B., BScN

"Learning is a lifelong activity, It is fantastic to learn something new and interact with people from different cultures to work together. I have always wanted to share my knowledge with others. My passion for teaching them and helping them become competent and confident in their knowledge and skills is the best feeling I've ever had."

Tikiri has more than 17 years of experience working as a registered nurse in Canadian and foreign healthcare facilities. Through her expertise in the hospital, long-term care, and mental health areas; she enhances her nursing practice, skills, knowledge, and experience to develop comprehensive nursing skills.

As an internationally educated nurse, she graduated as a registered practical nurse from Centennial College in Canada. Tikiri is licensed to practice by the College of Nurses in Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and specializing in ageing and gerontology from Toronto Metropolitan University.

Lindsey B.

"What you do makes a difference. And you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ~ Jane Goodall

Lindsey is a graduate from the Durham College Practical Nursing program. She has been working in a hospital for over 10 years, where perinatal nursing is her primary focus. She also works in patient support with multiple Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa hospitals, collaborating with multidisciplinary care teams, to organize support for patients with rare diseases.

With a love of healthcare and health promotion, Lindsey is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care and is passionate about patient education and advocacy. She is thrilled by the opportunity to share her experience and knowledge and to help shape the next generation of caregivers.

Marina C.

"No one can run a marathon without the first step. We only need to take one step at a time to reach that finish line!"

Marina has a background that spans both the healthcare and education sectors. As a registered practical nurse, she honed her clinical skills and developed a deep understanding of patient care. As an infection control specialist, she gained experience in establishing protocols to ensure the highest standards of safety in healthcare environments. These skills serve Marina in understanding both clinical practices and providing and maintaining a safe educational setting for the students she now guides.

Marina has over 10 years of teaching experience, instructing a diverse range of adult learners and is adept at tailoring teaching methods to accommodate various learning styles, fostering an engaging and interactive learning environment. Her students consistently commend her ability to explain complex concepts in a relatable manner, and she is approachable and helpful, all resulting in improved student understanding and retention of the material.

Laurie K.

"Always remember to strive for your dreams and goals, and to never give up!"

Laurie began her career as a personal support worker (PSW) and then, committed to education and advancement, focused on expanding her knowledge base in the healthcare field.

Laurie graduated from George Brown College/Trent University and became a registered nurse. She later completed her master’s in nursing degree at York University. During her studies, Laurie also completed courses that focused on education and teaching.

With many years of teaching experience and working at various colleges and universities, Laurie has an extensive background of skills to offer students as they embrace a career in the personal support worker field. She believes in a positive and supportive teaching philosophy and feels her main purpose is to help students grow and succeed in their studies at Anderson College and in their future careers.

Genevieve G.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Genevieve has a rich and varied background and experience working within hospitals, clinics, communities, and long-term care facilities, and she is committed to strengthening healthcare by integrating “mixed reality” within education to support the nursing health force.

Genevieve was selected for the Substance Abuse Research Education and Training (SARET) program as a junior investigator at New York University Langone School of Medicine; this gave her keen insight into culturally considerate clinical practices for patient safety. She was also recognized as a York University Praxis Leader in 2018. The students who attend Anderson College’s PSW program, learning from Genevieve, are fortunate indeed to have her knowledge and skillset as they forge a pathway for their healthcare careers.

Mitra D. A.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ~ John Dewey. I love nursing and teaching my marvelous learners. I’m proud of my students as I observe their compassionate care for clients.”

Mitra worked for over 20 years as a nurse in her home country. In coming to Canada, she completed the registered nursing program (RPN) in 2018 and the bridging program RPN to registered nurse in 2019. Her experience spans nursing in clinics and hospitals, notably at the Holly Endoscopic Clinic as a procedure and recovery nurse.

Mitra has instructed over 500 personal support worker students, online and in person for lab training and is a clinical coordinator supervising students during placements. She is a certified Advanced Gerontological Education teacher, focusing on Gentle Persuasive Approach, guiding caregivers in how to react with skill and confidence to behaviours related to dementia. She started teaching at Anderson in 2022.

Yodeet L.

“I am here to guide students to be successful and impact their journey in a positive way.”

Yodeet has been in the nursing field for over 10 years and has obtained nursing skills from various settings such as hospitals, private settings, and within the community. Throughout her timing working within the field, she has continued to expand her knowledge base and leadership skills, taking programs such as a Foundations of Clinical Leadership program and a Preceptorship Fundamental course.

Yodeet won the Best Practice Nursing Award in 2023 while working in the hospital setting. She is elated to put her leadership skills to practice while guiding PSW students at Anderson College and fostering a mindset of continuous personal growth as well.

Marc Luis G.

"Empower minds, inspire hearts. Remember that you hold the key to unlocking potential, nurturing curiosity, and shaping futures."

Marc Luis is a uniquely experienced nurse with a distinguished career. He has four nursing licenses across three countries and over eight years’ experience with a focus on nephrology, renal transplant, and complex care, contributing to St Michael's hospital and St Joseph’s healthcare centre.

Committed to excellence, Marc Luis also achieved a diploma in nursing informatics, the study and application of technology to the field of nursing. Beyond his technical expertise, Marc Luis is known for his joyful and positive personality, dedicated to helping patients not only to heal but to feel supported and uplifted in his care. He brings these exceptional traits to the classroom as he readies the next generation of PSWs to contribute to those in need in our communities.

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