This Personal Support Worker Program of the DSBN, following the standards as set by the Ontario Community Support Association, and currently in the OCSA accreditation process; in addition DSBN PSW programs adhere to the credit curriculum as determined by the Ministry of Education.
The DSBN PSW Programs have been designed with two exit points. When a student has successfully completed the full program (2 semesters), he or she will receive a certificate of Personal Support Worker. Alternately, students can exit after the successful completion of the first semester to receive a certificate of Personal Attendant.
The District School Board of Niagara provides the student with the full range of training to work with clients who have a wide variety of individual, health needs.
The Personal Attendant meets the needs of clients who are able to direct their own care. Those students who wish to confine their work role to basic homemaking may also exit the program after successful completion of the first semester.
Personal Support Workers respect and support people's desires to be as healthy and independent as their choices and capabilities allow. PSWs contribute to the quality of life of individuals who live in facilities and at home by promoting their independence, dignity, social, emotional, and physical well-being; mobility, personal appearance, comfort and safety.Employment:
It takes a special kind of person to succeed as a Personal Support Worker. It is recommended that applicants research the demands of this career, and consider undertaking related volunteer experiences or part-time employment working with older adults.
Tuition Fee = $1,250
Materials Fee = $ 350 (non-refundable)
Total Fees = $1,600
Other Purchases Not Included in Tuition or Materials Fee
Police Check = $15.00
Shoes = $50.00
Immunization = $ 0.00 - $100.00
Total = $65.00 - $100.00
For Inquiries regarding Information Sessions or Registration, please email email@example.com or call 905-687-7000 for details.
Information Sessions are held in March, April and May, and attendance is STRONGLY encouraged for all interested individuals.
Lifetime Learning Centre
535 Lake St., St. Catharines
orPort Colborne High School
211 Elgin St., Port Colborne
March 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm
April 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm
May 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm
|Evening & Weekend Program:
Oakwood Park Lodge
6747 Oakwood, Niagara Falls
March 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm
April 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm
May 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm
No appointment necessary to attend information sessions
For information about programs in Niagara Falls or Port Colborne, call 905-687-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TPJ3C – Health care
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic health care procedures, including the safe use of appropriate instruments, equipment, and materials. Students will focus on health care fundamentals, including health care terminology and the anatomical features and physiology of some major body systems. Students will develop an awareness of health and safety issues in the health care field, environmental and societal issues related to health care, professional practice standards, and career opportunities in the field.
One Instructor on-site per ten students.
The first semester provides the student with opportunities to practice skills, under teacher supervision, in a clinical field placement experience in a long-term care facility, such as, a Nursing Home or Home for the Aged. The student will have opportunities to apply knowledge and skills related to the individuality of the client.
As the clinical experience is scheduled concurrently with the theory portion of the course, students work along with a skills checklist, seeking practice and evaluation of procedures as they are taught in the classroom.
During this experience the student will also develop a beginning understanding of the role of the Personal Support Worker in a long-term care facility.
For a portion of this semester the student will assist clients in a supportive housing environment. Here, tasks will include housekeeping, home management, and simple meal preparation.
TOJ4C – Gerontology
This course enables students to examine the stages of the aging process. Students will study the processes of disease and factors contributing to health and well-being in later life, and will develop skills required to meet the needs of older adults (care skills). Students will also learn about legislation governing the care older adults; evaluate social and recreational activities, programs, and services for improving quality of life; and develop an awareness of health and safety issues, environmental and social issues, and career opportunities related to gerontology.
Students are monitored by classroom teacher as per Cooperative Education Agreement. This portion of the program provides the student with opportunities to practice clinical skills, under the supervision of the registered staff in clinical field placement experiences. The student will expand his/her understanding of the role functions and responsibilities of the Personal Support Worker in a long-term care facility, and continue to develop attitudes and behaviours consistent with the personal Support Worker role in institutional settings.