Algonquin College

Developmental Services Worker

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Program Information

School:Algonquin College
Faculty:School of Health and Community Studies (Ottawa)
Field of Study:Developmental Services Worker
Description:This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students to develop and implement a wide range of physical, emotional and social interventions to support and enhance functioning of people of all ages who have various physical, mental and/or developmental disabilities. Students learn about developmental disabilities, health and well-being, augmentative communication, pharmacology and programming for people of all ages. Students apply theoretical concepts and skills in various community field placement settings offering specialized support, including schools, residential programs, vocational day programs, long-term care and recreational facilities.

Graduates are positioned to work in a wide variety of residential, community and educational settings. Work settings include elementary and secondary schools, private homes, recreational programs, community residences, adult lifeskills programs, local business, agencies or associations. Graduates may work with people with disabilities who require behaviour support, as well as with those who experience mental illness or brain injury.
URL:Developmental Services Worker at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $1,513
International: $6,090

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •   Biology 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based)

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on June 26, 2018

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