Personal Support Worker (PWC) - Accelerated

Take 12 weeks of coursework followed by a 12-week placement and graduate in just 6 months to a rewarding career as Personal Support Worker. You'll benefit from the excellent reputation Fleming's program has within the healthcare industry.

For the November intake of this program, please see Personal Support Worker (PWD) - Accelerated page.

Program Highlights

There is currently a high demand for Personal Support Workers in Ontario's health and long-term care sector. The Personal Support Worker - Accelerated program allows you to graduate with full PSW credentials in just 6 months. The program is not only fully funded, but offers funding for expenses such as textbooks and other supplies.

With this satisfying, people-focused career you will be prepared to provide compassionate care to children, adults and seniors with a wide range of health needs, and help them maximize their life experience.

You will start with 400 hours of relevant theory through online learning and an in-person lab component. In the final 3 months you will gain practical experience with a fully paid work placement.

  • lab components
  • hands-on, task-oriented skills and practice time
  • course content related to long term care and to community care to diversify your experience
  • innovative new lab facilities that simulate the work environment

NOTE: The clinical placement agency will request that you submit a current police records check, including vulnerable sector. Applicants who have been convicted of an offense under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter clinical placement.

Why Choose Fleming

The College ensures the program follows ministry guidelines, and as such, the program is widely recognized by agencies and related employers. Recently redesigned lab spaces and new facilities with advanced learning technologies provide extensive opportunities for real world training.

Fleming's Personal Support Worker program has an excellent reputation within the health care sector and a strong connection to placement opportunities.

Personal Support Worker Bridge to Practical Nursing

Fleming College now offers a bridge program for Personal Support Worker (PSW) graduates to meet admission requirements for entry to the Practical Nursing program:

  • To be eligible for the bridge program, you must present an official transcript indicating that you are a Personal Support Worker graduate
  • After successfully completing the required part-time courses, PSWs will be eligible to enter into the next available second semester of our full-time Practical Nursing program

The bridge program for PSWs who graduated with an Ontario College Certificate in or after 2006 is generally 2 courses. For all other PSW graduates, the bridge program is typically 5 or 6 courses. Your application will be assessed to determine which bridge courses you need and if you are eligible for any exemptions.

See the Personal Support Worker Bridge to Practical Nursing page for more information.

Is this You?

You have a desire to work with and care for people of all ages to assist them to attain their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. The following personality traits and skills would also be an asset in your studies and eventual career:

  • empathy
  • concern for improving others' quality of life
  • respect for cultural differences and family dynamics
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • self-discipline
  • good oral communication skills
  • good physical health

Volunteer work experience of any kind is an asset, as is any previous experience caring for people of differing needs and abilities. Students would benefit by having basic computer skills including e-mail, word processing, file management and web browsing.

Career Opportunities

Choose from a variety of work settings:

  • long-term care facilities
  • group homes
  • community agencies
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • day care centres (children or adults)
  • home care agencies


As outlined by the government, students’ tuition and compulsory ancillary fees will be covered in this accelerated program. Please note that students will not directly receive these funds; their student account is to be credited for the applicable amount.

If you want to work with people to maximize their quality of life, you might also want to consider either the Developmental Services Worker, Practical Nursing, or Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant programs.

Non Academic Requirements

Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page.

Failure to provide any of the required Non Academic Field Requirements by the specified due date will result in an inability to participate in the mandatory placement components of the program.

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