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Personal Support Worker

Cambrian College

Faculty:Nursing and Emergency Services
Field of Study:Home Health Aide/Home Attendant
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,969
International: $17,411

The cost reflects tuition for the first year of the program. Tuition will vary for subsequent years.

Careers:Personal Support WorkerVisiting Homemakers


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.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •   Mathematics 
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)
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)

      * 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.

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