Personal Support Worker

Personal Support Worker

One Year, Ontario College Certificate
Program Code 0942
Welland Campus

The information on this page applies to the Fall 2014 intake term, unless otherwise noted.

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Admission Requirements
Sept. 2014 to May 2015

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:

  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Mathematics - any Grade 11 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Biology - Grade 11 (C) or (U), or Grade 12 (U)

Selection and Ranking Process:

  • For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes.
  • Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

This program has additional requirements .

January Start Students

Students who begin the program in January 2014 complete Term 2 of the program during the Spring Term beginning in May 2014 and running into summer months.

May Start Students

Students who begin the program in May 2014 complete Term 2 of the program during the Fall Term beginning in September 2014.

Career Opportunities

Do you want to make a difference in the quality of life of others? Consider becoming a Personal Support Worker. This skilled health-care provider assists clients in all life stages, from infancy to end-of-life, to meet their physical and psychosocial needs.

Opportunities for graduates include:

  • Group homes
  • Seniors’ residences
  • Adult day programs
  • Home-care agencies
  • Acute-care hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospices/palliative care services

The NC Difference

  • Students’ skill development is grounded in thorough understanding of theory
  • Students gain confidence and competence during 42 hours of practice in controlled state-of-the-art lab facilities
  • Potential for employment optimized with real-life experience acquired during 220 hours of clinical placement in both long-term-care and community settings
  • Students graduate with additional certification in Gentle Persuasive Approach, a qualification that enhances student’s marketability and their ability to provide quality care. 
  • Interprofessional education with students from other health, disciplines strengthens students’ collaboration skills.
  • Unique program bridge to the Niagara College Practical Nursing diploma program.
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Pro Wellness Health Services Inc. is an accredited service provider for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Community Care Access Centre of Niagara Region. As a high quality service provider of home care health services, it is incumbent on our organization to ensure that our employees acquire current and relevant health care skills necessary to deliver safe and effective service to the people in our communities. Graduates of the Niagara College health programs tend to consistently demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of today’s evolving community health care environment. I would highly recommend their services and personnel to any employer who is contemplating hiring their graduates or using their training programs.Jerry Bilton, President, Pro Wellness Health Services Inc
I’m grateful for the confidence and knowledge given to me. (The faculty and staff) have been a significant contribution to my future.Mike VanNatter, Personal Support Worker graduate
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Degree Options

Niagara College maintains articulation/transfer agreements with other colleges and universities within Ontario, the rest of Canada, and Internationally. To see if there are any agreements available for this program, please visit the Articulation Agreement website. Credit Transfer Options

Some post-secondary credits can be transferred into any NC program.
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Additional Admission Requirements

Health Requirements:

The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance form must be completed and mailed, faxed or emailed to Niagara College Health Services prior to the first day of Term 1. Requirements include proof of immunity to varicella, measles, mumps, rubella (2 doses), hepatitis B and tetanus diphtheria. Students must also provide date of last pertussis immunization. Influenza vaccination is strongly recommended. Documentation of a 2 step TB test is required prior to start of program.

Students are required to provide copies of their certification for Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at Level HCP (Health Care Provider), Adult/Child/Infant one and two rescuer CPR with AED and first aid for choking including artificial resuscitation using both pocket mask and bag-valve mask (This program is designed for those with specific health care responsibilities.)

Students are responsible for maintaining annual CPR and First Aid certification throughout the program.

All costs associated with CPR/First Aid, vaccinations, and/or verification, are the responsibility of the student.

Please note that work as a Personal Support Worker may require heavy lifting.

All health requirements must be met one month prior to the start of the placement term or a placement will be denied.

Criminal Reference Check (CRC):

  • Many employers have instituted a CRC with vulnerable sector screening as a requirement for appropriate field placements. The CRC will be required at the beginning of term 2. A recent criminal reference check must be provided to the Placement Agency on the first day of clinical placement.
  • All costs associated with the CRC are the responsibility of the student.


  • Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete field placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.
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Term One (2014 Fall)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
CLIN1112Supportive Care6
COMM1160Communication in Healthcare I3
HLTH1020Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Practice3
HLTH1135Community Support1
HLTH1150Development and Health Promotion Across The Life Span4
HLTH1158Human Body Structure and Function4
HLTH1305Role of the Personal Support Worker3
Term Two (2015 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
CLIN1079Long Term Care Institutional Placement4
HLTH1168Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health3
HLTH1309Alterations in Body Structure and Function4
HLTH1310End of Life Care2
PRAC1174Personal Support Worker Consolidation4
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