Personal Support Worker

Program Overview

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) certificate program prepares graduates to provide supportive care to individuals across their lifespan by assisting them with their activities of daily living, including clients experiencing cognitive impairment, physical disability, and mental health challenges.

The range of services provided by Personal Support Workers depend upon the individual needs of each person they support and may include personal care such as dressing, personal hygiene, mobility and other routine activities of living in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, home management such as shopping, light house cleaning and meal preparation, family responsibilities such as routine care giving to children and assisting with social and recreational activities.

AIMS College PSW program is based upon the NACC’s (National Association of Career Colleges’) Ontario Personal Support Worker Training Standard released in October 2014.

Who Should Enroll ?

  • Anyone looking to start or branch their career in the Healthcare field in Canada
  • Anyone looking for a Diverse, Flexible and Secure workplace setting
  • New immigrants with previous healthcare background (Nurses, Physiotherapists, etc) may find it easier to extrapolate their career through the PSW Pathway.

Program Schedule

Course Name Start Date Duration Day(s) Timing

Personal Support Worker

700 hours


Time: 9:30 – 17:30


Course Outline

  • PSW Foundations
  • Safety and Mobility
  • Body Systems
  • Assisting with Personal Hygiene
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Household Management, Nutrition, and Hydration
  • Care Planning/Restorative Care/Electronic Documentation/Working in the Community
  • Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
  • Assisting the Dying Person
  • Assisting with Medications
  • Cognitive and Mental Issues and Brain Injuries
  • Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care and Brain Injuries
  • Clinical Placement (Community)
  • Clinical Placement (Facility)

Knowledge and Skills Gained

As front line workers, Personal Support Workers must develop a broad range of abilities beyond dexterity skills. They must provide not only for the comfort, safety and well-being of their clients, but also demonstrate sensitivity and respect for those in their care. The attitude, abilities and approach of the PSW are critical to the well-being and health of the people they support.
Graduates may find employment in a variety of care settings including:

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home care services giving care to clients living in their own homes in the community
  • Supportive housing settings including senior’s apartments and retirement homes
  • Group homes
  • Hospitals
  • Adult day programs
  • Educational facilities

Admissions Requirement

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and ENG4C or ENG4U with Transcript or
  • Equivalent: Foreign credentials must be translated in English and assessed for Grade 12 equivalency by a recognized organization such as WES (World Education Service), or
  • Mature student with a score of 11 or more on the Wonderlic SLE (or other MCU approved test) Note: CAT and CAST no longer approved. Mature student status may be granted to applicants who are over 19 years old and do not have a high school diploma or GED.
  • If English is not a student’s first language, they must provide proof of English competency. English Language Proficiency Requirements are:
  • IELTS – Int’l English Language Testing Services – Minimum score of 6.0 with no subject test score lower than 5.5; or
  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet based test (IBT) – Overall 80 with the minimum in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20; or
  • CAEL: Overall 60 No section below 60
  • First Aid/CPR (Before commencing practicum)
  • Vulnerable Security Screening (Before commencing practicum)
  • Proof of current TB/medical test (Before commencing practicum)

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