Personal Support Worker - Alternate Delivery (PSAD)
Ontario College Certificate | 3 semesters | Barrydowne and Online
Earn your Personal Support Worker (PSW) certificate through a blended learning experience that combines the comfort and convenience of learning from home with hands-on labs and clinical experiences during the summer months.
From September to April, you will be enrolled in the same theory courses as traditional onsite learners. You will acquire a foundation in how to assist clients with activities of daily living and how to contribute to the quality of life of individuals who live in a facility or community setting by promoting their independence, dignity, social, emotional and physical well-being, mobility, personal appearance and safety.
Upon successfully completing all theoretical components of the curriculum, you will attend eight final full-time weeks of study in May and June at the Barrydowne campus. All hands-on training will be delivered in Cambrian's state-of-the-art simulation and nursing labs, as well as various clinical placement settings throughout Greater Sudbury.
- 1 year – 3 semesters
- Courses delivered online and hands-on training completed on campus
- Three practicums: two in a long-term care setting or hospital and another in a community setting
- Curriculum meets the program standards as defined by the Ministry of Colleges, Training, and Universities
Students must complete 252 hours of supervised placement (PSW 1135 Supervised Practicum I & PSW 1256 Supervised Practicum II) in an approved long-term care facility and 100 hours of precepted placement (PSW 1255 Precepted Community Practicum) in a community home care agency.
For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:
- Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
- Any grade 11 or 12 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
- any grade 12 biology (C), (U), or (M)
At registration, you must:
- Provide proof of current immunization
- Provide proof (original certificate) of CPR HCP and Standard First Aid
- Provide original copy of an Adult Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sectors check
- Provide proof of 30 hours volunteer work in an accredited long-term care facility
Once you are registered in the program, you must complete the Cambrian College WHMIS, General Safety Awareness course (online approximately $10). Details will be provided at the beginning of second semester.
Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Spring 2017
Program of Study
|ENG 1121||Research Writing/Health Sciences||3|
|PSW 1111||Human Relations||3|
|PSW 1113||Health Promotion Theory I||3|
|PSW 1142||Lifespan Health I||2|
|PSW 1146||Foundations of PSW I||2|
|PSW 1000||Technical Concepts Health Care||3|
|PSW 1009||Lifespan Health II||3|
|PSW 1114||Health Promotion Theory II||3|
|PSW 1117||Pharmacology for PSW||2|
|PSW 1118||Foundations for PSW II||3|
|PSW 1007||Health Promotion Practice I||4|
|PSW 1008||Health Promotion Practice II||4|
|PSW 1135||Supervised Practicum I||6|
|PSW 1255||Precepted Community Practicum||4|
|PSW 1256||Supervised Practicum II||6|
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)
The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,840.48 for three semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available May 1, 2016.
Tuition Fee (International Students)
The tuition fee for the 2014-2015 academic year is $13,327.00 for two semesters of study. Some exceptions apply. Next year's tuition fees will be available May 1, 2015.
Books & Supplies
The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $1,600. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.
Graduates of the Personal Support Worker Program may find employment in a community setting, long-term care facility or hospital setting.
Furthering Your Studies
For continued personal and professional development, graduates may also be eligible for advanced standing in Cambrian's Practical Nursing program.
Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.