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Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

An aging population, shorter hospital stays, and increased costs for long-term care are creating an increased demand for personal support workers (PSWs). Cambrian will prepare you to work as a PSW in just 8 months through clinical three practicums and hands-on training in the College's state-of-the-art simulation lab and nursing lab.

You will become prepared to assist clients with activities of daily living and 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, comfort, and safety.

As a graduate, you may be able to bridge into Cambrian's Practical Nursing program to further enhance your career options.

Program Highlights
  • 1 year – 2 semesters
  • 3 placements: two in a long-term care setting or hospital and another in a community setting
  • Hands-on training in the 1,200-square-foot PSW simulation lab, as well as the nursing lab
  • Qualified graduates can bridge into the second semester of Cambrian's Practical Nursing program

You must complete 192 hours of supervised placement (PSW 1135 Supervised Practicum I & PSW 1256 Supervised Practicum II) in an approved long-term care facility and 60 hours of precepted placement (PSW 1255 Precepted Community Practicum) in a community home care agency.

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How to Apply

Health 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 students must provide:

  • Proof of current immunization
  • Proof (original certificate) of CPR HCP and Standard First Aid
  • Original copy of an Adult Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sectors Check

Registered students must:

  • Complete Cambrian College WHMIS, General Safety Awareness course (online approximately $10)
  • Details to be provided at the beginning of second semester
  • Complete Cambrian College GPA course when offered by program prior to first placement. Details to be provided at orientation.

This program may also be offered through the Espanola (program code PSPE) or Little Current (program code PSPL) campus locations. For further information, please contact Judy Proux at (705) 368-3194 or (705) 869-4113.


Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:


Winter Term Start


Fall Term Start

Winter Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ENG 1121Research Writing/Health Sciences 3
PSW 1007Health Promotion Practice I 4
PSW 1111Human Relations 3
PSW 1113Health Promotion Theory I 3
PSW 1135Supervised Practicum I 6
PSW 1142Lifespan Health I 2
PSW 1146Foundations of PSW I 2
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 2
PSW 1000Technical Concepts Health Care 3
PSW 1008Health Promotion Practice II 4
PSW 1009Lifespan Health II 3
PSW 1114Health Promotion Theory II 3
PSW 1117Pharmacology for PSW 2
PSW 1118Foundations for PSW II 3
PSW 1255Precepted Community Practicum 4
PSW 1256Supervised Practicum II 6
 Term Credits: 28
 Total Credits: 51
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $3,753.40. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $14,119.28. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017. 

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $1,600. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

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.

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