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Personal Support Worker

Personal Support Worker (2016-2017)

Program Code




September 2016: Open

Program Length

Two semesters, beginning in September


Contact Information

Donna Skells, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4629


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters was
– domestic $3,980.82
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

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

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

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
• Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) certificates
• Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check, vulnerable sector screen. 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. Students must apply for the Police Record Check within a month of starting the program.

For more information and application instructions regarding the police record check, visit Police Record Checks.

Note: All of these requirements must be completed within two months of starting the program.

Our Program

Humber’s Personal Support Worker certificate program gives you the skills you need for a career in this in-demand health-care field. 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 this program, 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
– skill 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.

List of Courses

Your Career

Provide compassionate care to those in need with a career as a personal support worker.

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 will 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 will 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. Students begin placement in the first week of January.

For further information, visit Field/Clinical Placement.


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