Certificate in Personal Support Worker (PSWR) Georgian College
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.
Language Proficiency Requirements
Please refer to the below link for the English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission.
Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check
Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.
NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.
Clinical Placement Requirements:
In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from all clinical placements. Student practicum placements will involve working the same shifts as the PSWs in the practicum agency. For example, day shifts may start as early as 6:00 a.m. and evening shifts may finish at 11:00 p.m.
Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical placement facilities.
To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must have:
- a completed Clinical Preparedness Permit - current (within 1 year) Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program. Level HCP CPR must be renewed annually while in the program;
- a current police check including a vulnerable sector screen (see Criminal Reference Check above);
- a record of mask fit test (will be done at the college in semester one). Mask fit testing must be renewed every 2 years.
- BIOL 1014 - The Essential Body (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- PSWR 1035 - Professional Foundations (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- PSWR 1036 - PSW Laboratory Skills (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
- PSWR 1037 - PSW Community Care (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
- PSWR 1038 - Palliative Care (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
- PSWR 1039 - Health Challenges and Continuing Care (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- PSWR 1040 - Mental Health Challenges and Continuing Care (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
- PSWR 1041 - PSW Professional Practice 1 (Semester 2 / 112 hours)
- PSWR 1042 - PSW Professional Practice 2 (Semester 2 / 224 hours)
- Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)
General education courses
- Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
Graduates provide and facilitate clearly identified personal care and routine activities of daily living in order to assist clients in being as healthy and as independent as possible. PSW graduates may find employment in retirement homes, long term care facilities, homes for the aged, various community agencies (private and public), acute care facilities, as well as in independent practice.
At Georgian, we work with industry and community partners to offer relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op experiences with top employers. Our students graduate with the skills and the mindset to be innovative thinkers and changemakers who can transform their workplaces and communities.
Our vision is to accelerate success through exceptional teaching and learning, innovation and partnerships.
- Established 1967
- Georgian is the first and the only college in Canada designated a changemaker college by Ashoka U for our role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education
- One of the highest graduate employment rates among Ontario colleges
- 89.7% of our alumni found work within six months of graduation, well above the provincial average, which we’ve exceeded for 20 years (based on 2018-19 KPIs)
- Recognized leader in student work experience:
- Ontario’s #1 co-op college
- 6,200 employer partners
- Pioneer in co-op programs across the province with the highest percentage of students enrolled in paid co-op work terms in the Ontario college system (based on OCAS 2019 fall enrolment figures)
- All programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning and most offer formal work-integrated opportunity-ranging from paid co-op terms to internships and field placements
- 87,000 alumni
- 13,000 full-time students, including 4,500 international students from 85 countries speaking more than 110 languages (as of March 2020 audit)
- Economic impact: total annual impact in the catchment area is $1.6 billion or 22,421 jobs supported (based on the fiscal year 2018-19, an analysis conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International)
- Seven campuses:
- Muskoka (Bracebridge)
- Owen Sound
- South Georgian Bay (Collingwood)
- Downtown Barrie Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre
- Barrie Campus home to Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre – the first in our region providing students and industry partners with access to research, incubator, changemaker and fabrication space
- Career and Employment Community Services locations in Barrie, Orillia and Orangeville
- On-campus residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound; a variety of off-campus housing options
- Indigenous Resource Centres in Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound
- Approximately 2,600 full- and part-time employees
- $3+ million in bursaries and scholarships available each year
- Board of Governors consists of:
- 12 appointees from a cross-section of communities
- Georgian President and CEO
- Representative each for students, faculty, support staff and administrators
- 130+ market-driven programs, including:
- graduate certificates
- combined degree-diploma programs with Lakehead University
- Continuing education and corporate training options
- Academic upgrading and career preparation
- Apprenticeship and skills training
- 88 programs, 780 transfer agreements with 59 institutions
- Average class size: 26 students
- Academic areas:
- Automotive Business
- Business and Management
- Community Safety
- Computer Studies
- Design and Visual Arts
- Engineering and Environmental Technologies
- Health, Wellness and Sciences
- Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
- Human Services
- Indigenous Studies
- Liberal Arts
- Marine Studies
- Skilled Trades
- Average age: 23
- 85% are 25 and younger, 42% are 19 or younger
- 50% identify female and 50% male
- 2.5% self-identify as Indigenous
- 14% have college credentials, 13% have university credentials
- 38% directly from high school
- 62% per cent non-direct
- The traditional catchment area of Simcoe, Grey, Bruce and Dufferin counties and the District Municipality of Muskoka accounts for 61% of the first-year enrolment
- GTA (Halton, Peel, York, Durham and Toronto) accounts for 18% of the first-year enrolment
Georgian is a transformative experience that connects students to the skills they need, mindset to succeed, and confidence to thrive. We produce graduates who are fully connected to their potential, industry, community and the world. Being here can lead to amazing things!