Personal Support Worker

1 year Ontario College Certificate

Experience hands-on learning and field placement opportunities!


Upcoming Intakes:

Spring 2024: Canadore @ Stanford – Scarborough

Fall 2024: College Drive – North Bay

Winter 2025: College Drive – North Bay

This program trains students to offer personal care and home management services to clients in community or institutional settings. Personal support workers provide services to clients with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. Learn hands-on in the classroom, on community placements and in the home environment simulation lab equipped with high-end fidelity audio/visual equipment and interactive mannequins. PSWs are highly sought after as health care providers, working collaboratively as part of the health care team or in a supported independent living environment.

Become a PSW - Watch the video now

Note: This program is offered in North Bay and Parry Sound.

Your Future Career

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community/home care
  • Hospitals
  • Hospice 

What You Learn

  • Nutritional menu planning
  • Clinical and community care (hospital and long-term)
  • Simulation and lab work
  • Diseases and pharmacology
  • Patient client home care

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Semester 1

CLT100 First Peoples of Canada
CMM125 College Communication
PSW137 Numeracy, Aging and Palliative Care
PSW152 Client, Family & Community
PSW180 Biology for PSWs
PSW185 Professional Issues
PSY200 Lifespan Development

Semester 2

PSW162 Lab I
PSW205 Mental Health
PSW210 Lab II
PSW230 Clinical
PSW300 Consolidation

2024-25 1 year Ontario College Certificate

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1362.5 $637 - $4719.74

2024-25 1 year Ontario College Certificate

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $15547.54 $1942.5 $637 - $18127.04

Mandatory Non-Academic Requirements for Placement:

Work-Integrated Learning (also called Placement, Field Placement, Practicum, Clinical Placement, etc.) provides students with rich and meaningful experiences wherein they have the opportunity to apply and extend the learning they gain from the classroom in real-word contexts. View placement requirements here.


Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

You will also need:

  • TB Testing (Campus Health Centre) - no charge
  • Scrubs (2 sets, burgundy/wine) - apx. $80.00
  • Calculator - apx. $20.00
  • Mask Fit Testing - apx. $25.00
  • CPIC - apx. $45.00
  • First Aid / CPR - apx. $80.00
  • Clearance Card (Campus Health Centre) - $35.00
  • Hep B Immunization - apx. $35.00 each booster (if required)
  • Varicella $85.00 for those born before 2000
  • Lab Kit

Ontario College Certificate

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.