2014/15 Program

Personal Support Worker

Our Program

Humber’s Personal Support Worker certificate gives you the skills you need for a career in this in-demand health-care field – in just two semesters. Begin a rewarding career helping people in need, such as the elderly, the chronically ill and people with physical disabilities.

The program is designed in collaboration with industry, ensuring you are learning current and relevant material. In Humber’s Personal Support Worker certificate, you will learn:

  • about developmental stages across the lifespan and the communication and interpersonal skills needed for effective client relationships
  • the essentials of providing personal care, applying mobility techniques (lifting and transferring clients), and household management and safety
  • a solid understanding of mental health disorders
  • skills in dealing with common medical conditions, including facilitating rehabilitation exercises and assisting with medications.

Clinical practicums give you valuable first-hand experience in the field, which will serve you well when beginning your career. Through assisting individuals at a long-term care facility and in other settings, you will learn to recognize the physical and emotional changes of aging and illness, and become familiar with the restorative techniques used to maximize independence. Explore workplace opportunities, and develop important job-search and interview skills through role playing and a practice job interview.

Your Career

Provide compassionate care to those in need with a career as a personal support worker in this in-demand field.

As a result of an aging population and increased government focus on home and long-term care, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada reports the need for personal support workers is increasing. With your knowledge of common diseases and disabilities, you’ll be well-equipped to assist with providing safe and effective support. Your personal care and household maintenance abilities will allow you to aid clients with a variety of tasks related to daily living.

This health-care career offers good pay and a flexible work schedule. You’ll be qualified to provide services to clients and their families in a variety of health-care settings, such as long-term care facilities, palliative care centres, hospitals and clients’ homes.

Work Placement

Two work placements for students in the Humber Personal Support Worker certificate program take place in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In semester one, the practicum is completed in a controlled lab environment for six hours per week. This practicum is fully supervised by one instructor per group of approximately ten students. In semester two, the practicum is completed two days a week at a variety of agencies and facilities.

The semester two practicum is divided into two rotations over the 15 weeks: 160 hours in a long-term care facility and 120 hours in a community agency. Hours and number of days vary depending on the type of facility and shifts assigned. Most range from six to eight hours per day. The students will begin placement in the first week of January.

For further information, visit healthsciences. humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements
  • Students must be in good physical and mental condition and meet the same physical and immunization requirements as those for the staff employed by the agency/facility where the practicum is taking place
  • Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B
  • Completion of Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) certificate
  • Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter. For more information and application instructions regarding the police record check, visit healthsciences.humber.ca/field-clinical-placement/prc

Note: All of these requirements must be completed prior to the start of the program.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,825.36
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$700 – textbooks, supplies, Hepatitis B vaccine, first aid, CPR, uniform. Cost varies for travel between Humber and the field placements.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
GCOM 010 Basic College Writing Skills
PSW 151 Applying Mobilities Techniques
PSW 152 Providing Personal Care
PSW 154 Human Development and Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan
PSW 156 PSW Practice 1
PSW 157 Communication and Caregiving

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 100 College Reading and Writing Skills
PSW 161 Assisting with Mental Health and Psychological Disorders
PSW 162 Assisting with Common Health Conditions
PSW 166 PSW Practice 2
PSW 167 Palliative Care and Career Planning
PSW 168 Household Management Safety and Assisting with Medications