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Personal Support Worker (110)

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Program Description

The PSW Program is taught using a variety of methods including online classroom lectures, clinical and lab experiences and field placement. Gain knowledge of Indigenous Ways of Knowing in health to work effectively with Indigenous patients. Apply combined theoretical knowledge with practical skills to work as a team member with clients, families, nurses, physicians and other support services. Gain hands-on experience through professional practice placements in health care agencies including at the Six Nations community under the supervision of instructors and preceptors. A highly collaborative learning environment is used where you and your peers will experience simulated and real-life opportunities in state-of-the-art labs. 


Term 1 

  • CLIN10088 – PSW Professional Practice 1
  • COMM10380 – Communication for Personal Support Workers
  • HSCI10286 – Foundations 1, Theory and Application
  • HSCI10235 – Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • HSCI10287 – Lab 1 Personal Support Worker
  • INDS10049 – Indigenous Ways of Knowing - PSW

Term 2 

  • CLIN10089 – PSW Professional Practice 2
  • HSCI10288 - Understanding Neural Diversity for PSWs
  • HSCI10289 - A Palliative Approach to Care for PSWs
  • HSCI10290 - Personal Support Worker Lab 2
  • HSCI10291 - PSW Foundation 2, Theory and Application
  • HSCI10293 - Understanding the Canadian Healthcare Landscape for PSWs

*Course and delivery are subject to change.

Admission Requirements
  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
  • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Please see the Experiential Learning tab for important information on first-semester pre-placement requirements
  • Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language
  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
  • Successful completion of the GAS-English for Academic Purposes (478 or 278) program
  • TOEFL minimum score of 550 (80 Internet-based) or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5
  • Options are available for mature applicants.

If you register in the program without a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS), and, as a result, are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to progress in the program. A clear PRCVS is required at a minimum annually, and more often if requested by the placement agencies.

Preclearance requirements:

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.
To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned.

  • Clear PRCVS, completed within the last 6 months and valid for the full upcoming semester
  • Immunizations - Tdap, Varicella, Hep B, MMR
  • Tuberculin Skin Test
  • Flu Vaccine 
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Standard First Aid & CPR-Level BLS/HCP
  • Mask Fit 
  • WSIB Consent Links 
  • Fire Safety
  • AODA
  • Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment
  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps - Bill 18
  • Student Consent and Waiver for Clinical Placements

Professional Practice placements

  • Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. Students should expect to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placements in our catchment area which includes Ohsweken, Hamilton, Brantford, Halton, Niagara, Norfolk and surrounding regions.
  • For more information regarding the Personal Support Worker clinical placement, please contact the clinical placement specialist.

Tuition and Fees

  • $4,444.14 * Based on 2023-2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

*Based on 2023-2024 domestic fees and subject to change.

Career Paths
  • Personal Support Workers

Where you could work includes:

  • Home Care Agencies and Long Term Care Homes
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
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Accrediting Institution
Mohawk College
Program Length
1 Academic Year
Next Program Intake
September 2024
Brantford Campus
Credential Type
Ontario College Certificate


411 Elgin St.
Brantford, ON N3S 7P5

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