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Personal Support Worker Program

The Personal Support Worker program was developed as part of the Ontario government 's plan to reform long-term care and support services which are provided to people requiring support in their Activities of Daily Living.  This program standardizes training and provides a solid education and skills foundation for workers who provide long-term care and support services in both institutional and community settings. 


The course is taught in structured modules to facilitate learning and evaluation.  A student is expected to successfully complete the theory and practicum component of all the modules prior to graduation, in addition to successfully completing a final examination at the end.  The theory component provides students the with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, while the practicum provides the student the opportunity to apply their knowledge gained in a practical setting while developing the skills needed for employment.


The National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) Personal Support Worker Training Program consists of the following module breakdown:


  • PSW Foundations

  • Safety and Mobility

  • Body Systems

  • Assisting with Personal Hygiene

  • Abuse

  • Household Management, Nutrition, and Hydration

  • Care Planning / Restorative Care / Documentation / Working in the Community

  • Assisting the Family, Growth and Development

  • Assisting the Dying Person

  • Assisting with Medications

  • Cognitive / Mental Health issues and Brain Injuries

  • Health Conditions

  • Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care Training

  • Clinical Placement - Facility (200 Hours)

  • Clinical Placement - Community (100 Hours)

  • NACC Personal Support Worker Final Exam


Potential Job Opportunities include, but are not limited to:


  • Long Term Care Facilities

  • Retirement Homes / Assisted Living Homes

  • Hospitals

  • Community Health Agencies

  • Private Duty

  • Hospice

  • Group Homes

  • Schools

  • Day Programs / Special Needs Programs



Central Health Institute

346 Main St. E.

Hamilton ON,  L8N 1J1

Tel:  905-524-0440

Fax: 289-309-1035

Monday - Friday:

8:30 am - 4:00 pm




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