Personal Support Worker Accelerated Program

6 months Ontario College Certificate

Free Training


Upcoming Intakes:

May 2021: College Drive – North Bay, West Parry Sound

This new accelerated six-month 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.

  • No tuition fee and funding for expenses such as textbooks and other supplies.
  • A condensed schedule that allows you to graduate with a full PSW credential in six months.
  • Opportunities early in the program to get hands-on experience.
  • A paid work placement in the final three months of the program.

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This program is funded by the Ontario government.

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.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CMM125 Communication Fundamentals
PSW185 Professional Issues
PSW152 Client, Family & Community
PSW162 Lab I
PSW180 Biology for PSWs
PSW205 Mental Health
PSW210 Lab II (Simulation Lab)
PSW235 Numeracy and Healthy Living
PSW231 Clinical (2 weeks supervised)
PSW301 Consolidation (6.5-9 weeks)
PSY200 Lifespan Development
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples

There are no tuition fees for this program.

Welcome Package with Required Documentation Spring 2021

Consent to Use Electronic Communications

Communicable Disease Screening Documentation, North Bay - Spring 2021

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

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

Students will also require a Lab Kit (cost included in ancillary fees)

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

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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.

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