Algonquin College

Personal Support Worker


Make a difference in the lives of others.
The Personal Support Worker Ontario College Certificate program prepares you for immediate work in healthcare. This two-term program provides you with the knowledge and practical skills to work as a care provider in a range of healthcare settings.
Develop the ability to engage with persons and families of various ages and health-related needs to promote healthy living. Learn how to assist clients with their daily personal care needs, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. In your career, you help those who need assistance to remain as independent as possible.
Through theory, lab practice and clinical/community experiences, learn how to:

deliver person-centered care
encourage independence
improve the quality of life for your clients.
Participate in clinical experiences, where you focus on the various skills needed to succeed in the field. In these clinical placements, you demonstrate your knowledge and expertise and learn about applying different concepts to real-world environments. These clinical experiences provide you with the opportunity to continue working as a member of a healthcare team.
After graduating, you may find employment as a Personal Support Worker. In this role, you work under the supervision of Registered Nurses and/or Registered Practical Nurses in:

retirement homes
long-term care facilities
home care agencies, and
This program is well-suited for students who:

Enjoy the challenges of working with individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
Enjoy working with others as a member of a team.
Are willing to meet the needs of an aging population.
Possess the ability to handle physically and emotionally demanding situations.
Possess basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, use of email, website navigation).
Possess strong time management and organizational skills.

Program Duration:
29 Weeks
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
Winter 2023:
Fall 2023:
Spring 2023:
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