Personal Support Worker Bridging program is designed to transition individuals who are nurses and healthcare workers with foreign training into the Canadian workforce. It also is ideal for any previously Canadian-educated nurses, health care aides, or personal support workers, who have either been out of the workforce for a while, or who want a refresher before re-entering the healthcare field. Because this program comes with 2 practicum placements, individuals can quickly upgrade and refresh their skills, then receive hands-on training with 2 different practicum locations, in order to accelerate their return to employment.
Grand Health Academy, registered with Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, is committed to providing quality education to our students so that they are able to enter the workforce with determination and confidence in their work.
Bridging Program Comparison:
|PSW Program||PSW Bridging|
|Total Hours||700 Hours||350 Hours|
|In Class||390 Hours||195 Hours|
|Practicum Hours||310 Hours||155 Hours|
|Community||110 Hours||55 Hours|
|Clinical||200 Hours||100 Hours|
|Personal Support Worker Bridging||21-Sep-20||Mon- Fri||9:00am- 3:30pm||17 Weeks||Online|
- Health Care Aide – Canadian Graduate, Diploma or Degree
- Home Support Worker – Canadian Graduate, Diploma or Degree
- Personal Support Worker – Canadian Graduate, Diploma or Degree
- Nurse or Registered Nurse – Domestic or Foreign Trained with Degree in Nursing
- Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) – Domestic or Foreign Trained
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – Domestic or Foreign Trained
PSW program is designed with an aim to train students on required skills and knowledge for employment as personal care provider, client care attendant or personal support worker in long-term care facilities, retirement homes or in the community care facilities. The program is designed to offer both in class and on job training.
After a three month of in-class training, the student is required to take an on-the-job training at the designated clinical and community care facilities. This arrangement is made by the college. The hands-on training at the facilities equip the student further with the practical knowledge to succeed in the field of their study.
PSW Foundations: Introduces to individuals’ experiences, rights, interests, needs and attitudes.
Safety and Mobility: Introduces various ways the PSW can provide in assistance in a manner that is effective, safe, and provides for client comfort.
Body systems: Introduces the individual to the basics of anatomy and physiology.
Assisting with Personal Hygiene: Introduces to the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity needed to provide appropriate assistance to a variety of people, many for whom they provide services have disabilities that affect their ability to look after their personal hygiene.
Abuse and Neglect: Introduces the PSW to the concepts of family violence and abuse, including its possible signs, as well as appropriate actions to be taken if abuse is suspected, including legal requirements.
Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration: Introduces to assisting the consumer/client with their nutritional needs, household activities, and household management according to client preferences, comfort, and safety within employer guidelines as required.
Care Planning, Restorative Care, Electronic Documentation, and Working in the Community: Introduces to build upon the ability to provide sufficient support to assist clients to do what they wish to without inhibiting them. The PSWs will indentify the appropriate support to be provided to the client, as well as the significance and need for the support.
Assisting the Family / Growth and Development: Introduces to build upon the foundation for individuals to understand family characteristics in terms of structure, functions, roles, lifestyles, and relationship. It also explore the role of the PSW in providing respite and assistance to families and their children, including those with special needs.
Assisting the Dying Person: Introduces the discussion to students of the concept of dying as a part of life and the possible impact of life-threatening illness on the person and their family.
Assisting with Medications: Introduces the individual to knowledge of the drugs used in the treatment of common diseases and disorders, including drug classification, use, therapeutic effects, side/adverse effects, brand/generic names, dosage forms, routes of administration, and directions for the use of these medications.
Cognitive and Mental Health Issues, and Brain Injuries: Introduces the PSW to use approaches and techniques to assist clients with these changes or conditions in keeping with the care/support plan and report observations to the appropriate team member.
Health Conditions: Introduces the PSW to the understanding of the effects of disability, disease, or condition on functioning in order to provide appropriate assistance.
Professional Skills: Prepares students with every aspect of their transition into their new career by identifying and teaching essential business and interpersonal skills. Students receive in class lectures, as well as a private one-on-one appointment with a Career Services specialist to perfect their resume package and interviewing skills.
Practicum: Provides the students with an opportunity to practice their skills in a week setting. The students would work in both a long term care facility and a retirement home.
Students complete field placements of 155 hours as a part of the program. Grand Health Academy College assigns students to community clinics, hospitals, or senior centers to gain hands-on experience before being awarded the certificate.
- *The tuition includes all costs from start to finish:
- Uniform, Books, Binders, Organized internship, First Aid / CPR (Red Cross / St. John’s Ambulance)
- Liability / WSIB Insurance coverage, Professional Exams
- *The only exceptions are a VSS Police check which varies in price from region to region (~$19-25) and an extended medical check-up if necessary
There are numerous job opportunities for personal support workers at the long term care facilities and retirement home. Training as a personal support work opens new opportunities in the field be it the care for the elderly, developmentally challenged or severely incapacitated clients both in the nursing homes or in the community based homes. The skills learnt during the program equip the student with the knowledge and confidence that they will need to fit into the ever growing job market of the personal support workers and allied healthcare opportunities.
After pursuing a Personal Support worker, you are eligible for positions falling under the following NOC Codes
NOC – 4412 – Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations– Home support workers provide personal care and companionship for seniors, persons with disabilities and convalescent clients. Care is provided within the client’s residence, in which the home support worker may also reside. They are employed by home care and support agencies, private households, or they may be self-employed. Housekeepers perform housekeeping and other home management duties in private households and other non-institutional, residential settings.
Common Job Titles which you can apply for include – Attendant for persons with disabilities – home care, family caregiver, home support worker, housekeeper, live-in caregiver – seniors, personal aide – home support, personal care attendant – home care, respite worker – home support.
Duties of Home support worker range from providing care and companionship for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, convalescence or family disruption; administering bedside and personal care to clients such as aid in ambulation, bathing, personal hygiene, and dressing and undressing; planning and prepare meals and special diets, and feed or assist in feeding clients.
The duties performed by the housekeepers perform housekeeping and other home management duties under general direction of employer; plan and prepare meals independently or with employer, and may serve meals; may care for children.
Completion of a training program in care of the elderly, care of persons with disabilities, convalescent care or in a related field may be required.
First aid certification may be required.
While entry level jobs ask for no experience or one to two years experience, higher positions can be sought for once you gain some practical experience in the actual workplace.
As the general average age of the population increases and the hierarchy of personnel in the healthcare sector is transitioning, PSWs are in high demand everywhere in Canada. Here are a few examples where you can work:
- Nursing / Long Term Care Homes
- Health Care Agencies, Hospices
- Hospitals, Chronic Care Facilities
- Private Homes
- Recreation centres
- Doctor’s Offices
- Red Cross
- School Boards
- Retirement Homes, Lodging Homes
- Homes for the Mentally / Physically challenged
* Theoretical components will be conducted in virtual classroom; hands-on component requiring practical demonstrations will be scheduled onsite in limited class size to maintain social distance and/or when COVID-19 resolves
|Duration||17 Weeks- Full Time|
|Course Level||Beginner, Intermediate|
|Features||In Class, Assignment, Practicum|
The PSW Bridging program covers the following module subjects:
Safety and Mobility
Assisting with Personal Hygiene
Abuse and Neglect
Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration
Care Planning, Restorative Care, Electronic Documentation, and Working in the Community
Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
Assisting the Dying Person, Palliative Care
Assisting with Medications
Cognitive and Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
After successful completion of the theoretical component of the program, the student will continue with their clinical placement in both long-term care and community settings.