View All Programs

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Quick Links

How to Apply

Sciences, Nursing and Emergency Services

Admission Requirements

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)

Additional Information

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.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Spring 2019

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website..

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ENG 1121Research Writing/Health Sciences 3
PSW 1111Human Relations 3
PSW 1113Health Promotion Theory I 3
PSW 1142Lifespan Health I 2
PSW 1146Foundations of PSW I 2
 Term Credits: 13
Semester 2
PSW 1000Technical Concepts Health Care 3
PSW 1009Lifespan Health II 3
PSW 1114Health Promotion Theory II 3
PSW 1117Pharmacology for PSW 2
PSW 1118Foundations for PSW II 3
 Term Credits: 14
Semester 3
PSW 1007Health Promotion Practice I 4
PSW 1008Health Promotion Practice II 4
PSW 1135Supervised Practicum I 6
PSW 1255Precepted Community Practicum 4
PSW 1256Supervised Practicum II 6
 Term Credits: 24
 Total Credits: 51


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,600. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Personal Support Worker program may find employment in a community setting, long-term care facilities, or hospital setting.

Furthering Your Studies

Effective 2012, graduates of the Cambrian PSW program who maintain a 3.00 GPA may be eligible to bridge directly to the second semester of the Practical Nursing program provided there is capacity. To qualify for this opportunity, students will take a minimum number of pathway requirements to ensure all admission and first semester Practical Nursing learning outcomes are met. For more information, please contact the program coordinator.

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.

Back to Top