Personal Support Worker (PSW)

  • Program Details
  • Program Credential

Diploma

  • Program Duration

26 Weeks

630 Hours

  • Program Status
  • Registration Open

Get Ready For a Rewarding Career in Healthcare with Our PSW Program in Mississauga

Personal Support Workers wake up every day with the desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others. PSWs play an important role in the healthcare system, making a direct, meaningful impact on the lives of patients.

A promising start in healthcare profession, PSWs assist elderly, expectant/nursing mothers, new parents and persons with disability or injuries. BizTech College’s 26 week program helps you gain required skills to be a support worker in Ontario.

Be Job-Ready with Hands-On Training and Clinical Placements

As a personal support worker, you will be working in a wide range of environments. The role assigned depends on the training and previous experience of the candidate. Our PSW course in Mississauga, offers required medical training along with clinical placements.

    • Prepare yourself to assist patients with daily tasks and walking them through difficult situations.
    • Equip yourself with a strong skill-set, centered on patient care. Inter-personal communication, medical terminology and training.
    • Learn critical skills in order to provide the highest level of patient care. Certifications in First Aid & CPR.

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Personal Support Worker sometimes are also designated as community services worker, personal aide and personal care attendant. A certified PSW can work with support agencies, private household or go for self-employment. The main role of any assistant is to support patients to become independent and perform daily tasks aptly.

Employers look for some specific qualities in candidates. Honestly, trust and compassion are essential to be successful in chosen career.

Some of other prominent qualities as per job requirements may include:

  • Medical Knowledge: PSWs offer services in various settings and deal with variety of patients. Candidates with knowledge of human anatomy, diseases such as Alzheimer, dementia, cancer, heart-related issues is a plus. Understanding of medical terminology and adaptive devices increase your chances of being hired.
  • Communication Skills: Considering that support workers work with all age of patients and in different locations, candidates must have good command on the language. As a personal support worker in Canada, the ability to speak English and French will add on to your resume.
  • Inter-personal skills: PSWs are responsible for lives, thus a strong work ethic is essential. Professionalism and respect towards patients is must. Body language and listening skills is another area which support worker training should cover.
  • Flexibility: Healthcare professionals have to be flexible. Working in day & night shifts, on holidays can get overwhelming, thus, it is important that you should be ready to have a flexible schedule.
  • Time Management: Patients complete health care depends on aides. As a personal attendant, you need to give medicine on time, patient checks and sometimes perform multiple tasks. Time management and multi-tasking skills will come handy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Your PSW job duties may include:

  • Care for individuals, as well as, patient’s families during periods of incapacitation, convalescence or family disruption,
  • Administer bedside and personal care to clients such as aid in ambulation, bathing, personal hygiene in addition to dressing and undressing,
  • Plan and prepare meals and special diets, as well as feed or assist in feeding clients,
  • May perform routine health-related duties such as changing non-sterile dressings, administering medications and collecting specimens under the general direction of a home care agency supervisor or nurse,
  • Provide elderly and convalescent clients with companionship and personal care in the client’s home, under general direction of a home care agency supervisor or family members.

Source: Jobbank.gc.ca

Upon successful completion of BizTech College’s Personal Support Worker course, you will have gained the knowledge and skills required to confidently assist clients and patients with tasks of daily living.

Furthermore, you will manage care plans, overall personal assistance, and ongoing safety. Most importantly, you will understand the importance of individuals, retained client independence and clear interpersonal communication. Ranked as one of the top PSW courses in Toronto, BizTech College guarantees clinical placement.

Learning Outcomes 

  • High Demand as a Personal Support Worker your skill-set will be in consistent demand in a range of healthcare settings.
  • In-Depth Training You will learn in a combination of classroom, lab in addition to clinical placement settings.
  • Highly Qualified Your versatile, comprehensive skill-set will qualify you for a number of personal support worker jobs

Your BizTech College Personal Support Worker training will help you gain an in-depth knowledge and competitive skill-set in the following areas:

  • Interpersonal skills, clear communication and effective relationship management
  • Promotion of client independence, mobility and safety
  • Administration of medications
  • Ability to multi-task, organize as well as prioritize tasks
  • Identification of the effects of aging, disabilities, disease and special needs surrounding daily care
  • Responding to cognitive impairments and conditions
  • Recognize signs of abuse
  • Provide professional assistance to families and the role of respite
  • Provide end of life/hospice supports
  • Assisting someone with personal hygiene
  • First Aid and CPR

Clinical Placements

Gaining hands-on experience in a real-world setting is a critical part of becoming a Personal Support Worker. A guaranteed clinical placement will allow you to work alongside highly qualified professionals while you master the skill-set and knowledge gained from your PSW certificate. A clinical placement is your opportunity to make connections with potential employers, or clients, which can serve you well upon graduation.

Students looking to enroll in our Personal Support Worker program must first meet the following requirements:

  • Ontario High School diploma or equivalent OR
  • Mature student status (18 years old and over) AND
  • Successful completion of the Wonderlic test
  • Clean criminal record and vulnerable sector screening checks
  • Immunization record as per the program requirement

The idea of devoting your day to others, assisting them in their daily activities or providing companionship should inspire you. With Ontario government initiatives such as Aging with Confidence, demand for personal support workers is on the rise. Subsequently, 36,900 new Personal Support Worker (PSW) jobs are estimated to open up across Canada, through 2024. Average personal support worker hourly pay in Toronto, Ontario is $16.45, however, with experience, you can make $21 per hour.

All PSWs are expected to have basic training in order to graduate. Depending on the overall skills, personal interests and abilities, one can work in specialized fields. Community care, long term home care, palliative care or child care, options are limitless.

Our personal support worker course focuses on job-readiness and opens up path to work as certified professional in following places:

  • Hospitals,
  • Nursing home
  • Long term care facilities,
  • Extended care management,
  • Support houses for young adults,
  • Private residence.

Source: Jobbabnk.gc.ca