Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

An aging population, shorter hospital stays, and a shortage of trained PSWs makes this an in-demand healthcare job. Cambrian’s tailored personal support worker courses will prepare you to work as a PSW in just 24 weeks.(in just two semesters). In the first semester you will learn the skills that PSWs use to care for others, in our labs and in the classroom. The second semester is a preceptorship. You will work in a healthcare setting with an experienced PSW and a faculty member, who will help you to become a confident, caring, and job ready PSW.

Upon completion of the program, you will be 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.

Program Highlights

  • 24 weeks – 2 semesters taken consecutively (back-to-back with no break).  International students should apply to the PSWP program to meet visa requirements.
  • Clinical Placement 
  • Hands-on training in the 1,200-square-foot PSW simulation lab, as well as the nursing lab


You will complete 270 hours in a clinical setting 

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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) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (C), (U), or (M) or grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U)


  • Any grade 12 Biology (U)

Additional Information

At registration students must provide the following to PARAMED:

  • 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
  • Complete Cambrian College WHMIS, AODA, General Safety Awareness course (online approximately $10)


This program may also be offered through the Espanola or Little Current campus locations in the future. For further information, please contact Kerridwen Harvey at (705) 368-3194 or (705) 869-4113.


Program Delivery


This program consists of two 12-week consecutive semesters.  This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023

International applicants and applicants choosing not to fast track their studies, should apply to the PSWP program at OCAS.

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2023

International applicants and applicants choosing not to fast track their studies, should apply to the PSWP program at OCAS.

Spring Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2023

International applicants and applicants choosing not to fast track their studies, should apply to the PSWP program at OCAS.

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

Program of Study for 2022-23 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
PSW 1160 Human Body and Disease Process 6
PSW 1128 Health Promotion Practice 7
PSW 1161 Relational Communications 5
PSW 1162 Introduction to Community 5
PSW 1164 Foundations of PSW 3
Semester 2
PSW 1163 Lifespan Health and Wellness 5
PSW 1262 Clinical Consolidation 8
 Total Credits42


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 $1,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Community settings
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospital settings

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

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.