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Personal Support Worker

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

May 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Certificate

Program Duration

2 Semesters

Program Contacts

Francoise Gravelle

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6328
International Admissions
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Program Overview

Improve the dignity and quality of others’ lives as a PSW

The perfect storm of an aging population, shorter hospital stays, and a shortage of specialists make the personal support worker (PSW) profession in demand. Our tailored program prepares you to be confident, able, and ready to work in just 28 weeks, combining classroom learning with hands-on training to promote independence and quality of life for those who live in a facility or community setting. 
First, you’ll learn to assist clients with daily living activities by getting hands-on experience in our 1,200-square-foot apartment simulation lab and nursing skills lab. The second semester is a clinical consolidation and preceptorship, where you will polish your skills with 270 hours in a health care setting under the guidance of experienced PSWs and a faculty member. Upon completion, you’ll become a confident, caring, and job-ready PSW. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights 

  • Be job-ready in just 28 weeks 
  • Hands-on training in 1,200-square-foot apartment simulation lab and nursing lab
  • 270 hours of real-world experience in a clinical setting  
  • Grads can pursue a nursing diploma through Cambrian’s PSW to Practical Nursing Pathway program


This program may also be offered through the Espanola or Little Current campus locations in the future. For further information, please contact Shannon Dubreuil at (705) 368-3194 or (705) 869-4113.


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (C), (U), or (M) or grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements

At registration students must provide the following to Synergy:

  • Proof of current immunization
  • Proof (original certificate) of CPR HCP and Standard First Aid
  • Original copy of an Adult Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sectors Check
  • Complete Cambrian College WHMIS, AODA, General Safety Awareness course (online approximately $10)


  • Any grade 12 Biology (U)


Clinical placement requirements

Please note you will complete 270 hours in a clinical setting.

Academic Upgrading

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Program Delivery

Program delivery


Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2024


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025

Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2025

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communications3
PSW 1160Human Body and Disease Process 6
PSW 1165Relational Communications3
PSW 1168Health Promotion Practice6
PSW 1164Foundations of PSW3
PSW 1167Lifespan Health and Wellness3
Semester 2
PSW 1166Introduction to Community 4
PSW 1263Clinical Consolidation 6
 Total Credits34


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$3,996.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Nursing

Do you have the compassionate nature and critical thinking skills needed to excel in the field of nursing? Cambrian offers a wide range of programs that provide you with the bedrock to succeed as a nursing professional, from basic training as a personal support worker to mastering the talents of an exceptionally qualified registered nurse with a BScN degree.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Community settings
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospital settings
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Need a career coach?

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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