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Personal Support Worker (PSW)

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.

Brantford

Program Duration
Full Time: 29 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Brantford Campus
Practicum Duration
305 hours
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.

*National Association of Career Colleges (NACC): The Personal Support Worker program in Brantford is approved by the Ministry of Long-Term Care Act

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WHAT TO EXPECT

The program is 29 weeks, including 305 hours of 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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Personal Support Workers work in Long­-Term Care Facilities, Retirement Facilities, Hospitals, or assist patients in residential settings throughout Ontario.

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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.

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