Personal Support Worker


The Personal Support Worker program at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley teaches students to provide care with patience, strength, understanding, and compassion to a wide range of clients of all ages, with different abilities, in a variety of settings. Personal Support Worker is an in-demand career path! Learn more >>

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Ontario College Certificate
1 Year

Program Code: 6307X01FPM
Academic Year: 2013/2014


Our Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to work as a care provider in a wide range of health care environments. Students learn how to assist clients with their daily personal care needs, such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting. Through a combination of theory, lab practice, clinical and community experience, students understand how to deliver person-centered care to individuals of varying ages, encourage independence and improve quality life for their clients.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy the challenges of working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Like working with others as a member of a team.
  • Are willing to meet the needs of our aging population.
  • Possess ability to handle physically demanding situations.

Your Career

Currently many institutions/agencies that employ personal support workers require the Food Handlers Certificate (six-hour course). The Pembroke Campus, in partnership with Public Health, offers students the opportunity to obtain this certificate. It is important to note that although successful obtainment of this certificate is not a requirement to complete the program, employment opportunities may be limited for those without a Food Handlers Certificate.

Graduates may find employment as personal support workers functioning under the supervision of registered nursing personnel in retirement homes, long-term care facilities and in community health agencies.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL7777 Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
HLT7101 Within a simulated environment, the student practises the skills of infection control, body mechanics, positioning and mobilizing a client. The student also practises supportive activities of daily living, as well as the associated documentation activities.

Co-requisites: HLT7102 and HLT7138 and HLT7139
Lab Skills for the Personal Support Worker I Within a simulated environment, the student practises the skills of infection control, body mechanics, positioning and mobilizing a client. The student also practises supportive activities of daily living, as well as the associated documentation activities.

Co-requisites: HLT7102 and HLT7138 and HLT7139
48.0
HLT7102 A supervised practical experience provides the student with an opportunity to apply the principles of personal care with the emphasis on the needs of individual clients.

Co-requisites: HLT7101 and HLT7138 and HLT7139
Clinical Placement I A supervised practical experience provides the student with an opportunity to apply the principles of personal care with the emphasis on the needs of individual clients.

Co-requisites: HLT7101 and HLT7138 and HLT7139
68.0
HLT7138 Students are introduced to anatomy and physiology in promoting a basic understanding of the normal body structure and function.

Co-requisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7139
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for the PSW Students are introduced to anatomy and physiology in promoting a basic understanding of the normal body structure and function.

Co-requisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7139
44.0
HLT7139 Students are introduced to the role and practice of the personal support worker (PSW). The PSW's primary focus is to assist their clients to perform their daily personal care activities. Students become familiar with the theoretical concepts of human needs (Roy Adaptation Model), the principles of the practical skills, as well as the necessary communication and interpersonal skills essential for the development of therapeutic relationships with clients.

Co-requisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7138
Introduction to Care for the Personal Support Worker Students are introduced to the role and practice of the personal support worker (PSW). The PSW's primary focus is to assist their clients to perform their daily personal care activities. Students become familiar with the theoretical concepts of human needs (Roy Adaptation Model), the principles of the practical skills, as well as the necessary communication and interpersonal skills essential for the development of therapeutic relationships with clients.

Co-requisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7138
102.0
HLT7407 Normal aging versus dementia, including secondary influences, are discussed, along with a focus on assessment and diagnosis. Emphasis is on philosophy of care, i.e. providing a holistic model of care within the existing medical model. Appropriate physical and emotional environment, effects of disease on caregiver and client, the family unit, role of research on caregiving, importance of ongoing education to maintain competence, etc., are discussed. Overview of Dementia Care Normal aging versus dementia, including secondary influences, are discussed, along with a focus on assessment and diagnosis. Emphasis is on philosophy of care, i.e. providing a holistic model of care within the existing medical model. Appropriate physical and emotional environment, effects of disease on caregiver and client, the family unit, role of research on caregiving, importance of ongoing education to maintain competence, etc., are discussed. 24.0
Level: 02 Hours
HLT7103 From the concepts developed in Level 01, students study the common health issues as they affect the individual and family across the lifespan. Students are introduced to the responsibilities surrounding assisting with the administration of medications. Students also study the concept of death and dying as part of the lifespan and the impact of life threatening illness on the person and their families.

Prerequisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7138 and HLT7139 and HLT7407

Co-requisites: HLT7104 and HLT7105
Advanced Skills for the Personal Support Worker From the concepts developed in Level 01, students study the common health issues as they affect the individual and family across the lifespan. Students are introduced to the responsibilities surrounding assisting with the administration of medications. Students also study the concept of death and dying as part of the lifespan and the impact of life threatening illness on the person and their families.

Prerequisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7138 and HLT7139 and HLT7407

Co-requisites: HLT7104 and HLT7105
142.0
HLT7104 A supervised practical experience provides the student with a clinical opportunity to organize care for clients, and demonstrate skills learned in classroom theory and laboratory.

Prerequisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7138 and HLT7139 and HLT7407

Co-requisites: HLT7103 and HLT7105
Clinical Placement II A supervised practical experience provides the student with a clinical opportunity to organize care for clients, and demonstrate skills learned in classroom theory and laboratory.

Prerequisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7138 and HLT7139 and HLT7407

Co-requisites: HLT7103 and HLT7105
72.0
HLT7105 Within a simulated environment, the student practises the essential skills, such as vital signs, measurement of height and weight, elimination care, assisting with medications, isolation techniques, and care of a client with IV therapy and oxygen therapy.

Prerequisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7138 and HLT7139 and HLT7407

Co-requisites: HLT7103 and HLT7104
Lab Skills for the Personal Support Worker II Within a simulated environment, the student practises the essential skills, such as vital signs, measurement of height and weight, elimination care, assisting with medications, isolation techniques, and care of a client with IV therapy and oxygen therapy.

Prerequisites: HLT7101 and HLT7102 and HLT7138 and HLT7139 and HLT7407

Co-requisites: HLT7103 and HLT7104
24.0
HLT7106 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have learned. Students complete a six-hour Food Handlers course as part of the Pembroke Campus program offering.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7103 and HLT7104 and HLT7105 and PSY7603
Consolidation Placement for the Personal Support Worker Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have learned. Students complete a six-hour Food Handlers course as part of the Pembroke Campus program offering.

Prerequisites: ENL7777 and HLT7103 and HLT7104 and HLT7105 and PSY7603
80.0
PSY7603 The following important concepts are examined: the biological basis of behaviour, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thought and language, development, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence and assessment, health, stress and coping, psychological disorders, approaches to treatment and social psychology. Introduction to Psychology The following important concepts are examined: the biological basis of behaviour, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thought and language, development, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence and assessment, health, stress and coping, psychological disorders, approaches to treatment and social psychology. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,304.75 per term.

Information Technology fee: $62 per term. *

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $210.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building fee: $17.50 per term.

Health Service Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $117.02 paid once annually. **

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $25 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,600 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books and supplies cost approximately $600 for the program duration and can be purchased in the campus bookstore. Uniforms and shoes cost approximately $200.

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which there is a current fee of $40 (subject to change).
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20, Writing: 20.
Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Health Assessment/Immunization
Accepted applicants must be in good health and submit a Health Assessment/Immunization form prior to registration. The annual influenza vaccine is required prior to clinical.

A current Standard First Aid and CPR Level "C" certificate is required at the beginning of Level 01. The certificate must be valid for the entire length of the program.

Police Records Check Documentation:
Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Personal Support Worker program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

Clinical Placement Eligibility:

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. PRCSVS must be valid for the duration of the program. Should you require further information, contact the Program Chair.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at https://xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley
1 College Way
Pembroke, ON K8A 0C8
Telephone: 613-735-4700 ext. 2708
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723

Additional Information

This Full-time program is also offered at the Woodroffe and Perth Campuses. While the learning outcomes at the Woodroffe, Perth and Pembroke Campuses are the same, the curriculum order and subject delivery are reflective of local circumstances, which affect program delivery.

Students gain hands-on experience with health care facilities throughout Renfrew County. Travel costs and any incurred costs, including parking fees, are the responsibility of each student. Students participate in clinical placements that may require evenings, overnight and weekend shift work.

Note: Many of the agencies used for clinical experience are not within walking distance of the College. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical placements. The final clinical placement may require attendance at weekend, evening or night clinical experiences.

The Food Handlers Certificate course is included as part of HLT7106 - Consolidation Placement.

For more information, please call 613-735-4700 ext. 2706.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time