Personal Support Worker Program
In less than a year, Medix College’s PSW program will prepare you to join a booming industry where you’ll develop the skills needed to begin a satisfying career helping in a long-term care facility, supportive housing, home care, adult daycare and palliative care.
PSWs provide care, support and assistance to clients who are aging, chronically ill and/or have physical/mental disabilities. There’s never been a better time than now to become a PSW and play a vital role in assisting clients and their families with the many tasks for which they require assistance.
What You Will Learn In The Classroom
The PSW certificate program is designed to teach you how to effectively provide care and assistance to clients and families in order to live fulfilling lives in their communities and in institutions. As a student of this program, you will develop a broad range of abilities emphasizing value, sensitivity and respect for the individuality of each client. You will also have the opportunity to participate in cross disciplinary and/or inter-professional learning opportunities with other members of the care and service team such as a Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse or Social Service Workers. You will play a vital role in providing care and companionship for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, convalescence, or family disruption.
Modules covered in-class include:
- PSW Foundations
- Abuse and Neglect
- Care Planning, Restorative Care & Documentation
- Working in the Community
- Growth and Development
- Cognitive Impairment, Mental Health Issues & Brain Injuries
- Health Conditions
- Body Systems
- And more!
What You Will Learn In The Labs
The PSW program includes a full hands-on lab where students practice common tasks of a PSW such as: meal preparation, household management, aiding with bathing and other aspects of personal hygiene, assisting with daily living activities and errands, administering medications, feeding, performing bedside and personal care, assisting with mobility, increasing the clients’ comfort and safety, communicating clearly and compassionately with clients, reporting accurately and performing light housekeeping duties.
PSW students will also complete two externships in a workplace environment. The first consists of 200 hours under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor at a long-term care facility. The second consists of 110 hours of practical job experience in the community. Field experiences often lead directly to employment after graduation.
What You Will Learn Outside of the Regular Classroom Setting
TPI-MAS helps students recognize the choices they have in life and how to control how they think to change the way they live their lives. Students will understand how the human mind works and how their beliefs and attitudes influence the present and shape the future. The program encourages students to have a positive outlook and strive for goals despite any challenges and obstacles.
The Enriched Academy program will teach you how to manage your money and build a solid financial future.
What You Will Do During Career Search
Upon completion of the program, graduates may find employment as a Personal Support Worker,
Personal Care Attendance, Live-in Caregiver or a Residential Support Worker and may find employment
- Health centres
- Long-term care facilities
- Group homes
- Private care facilities
- Clients’ homes
Concepts of lifestyle, needs, culture, beliefs/values, attitudes; myths of aging; changes with age; independence; interdependence; autonomy; client/human…
Abuse And Neglect
Examine family violence; child/spousal/elder abuse; cycle of violence & indicators of abuse; role of the worker when abuse is suspected; reporting…
Assisting With Personal Hygiene
Understanding anatomy and function of the integumentary system; effects of aging; common conditions & assistance methods; identifying factors affecting…
Hospice And Palliative Care
Holistically understanding palliation; the process of dying; identifying needs, reactions, rights & cultures of client/family/friends; examining…
Graduates of the Personal Support Worker program have obtained employment as:
- Personal Support Worker (PSW)
- Residential Support Worker
- Personal Aides Live-in Caregiver
- Personal Care Attendant
- Child Care and Personal Support Worker