Personal Support Worker Curriculum

Accepting Applications for January 2019

See curriculum for: September 2018 May 2019
Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
PWS
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,682.75 per semester*
International:
$8,403.63 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
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Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

NRSG 177
Units/ Hours: 26

This course consists of a series of workshops that will prepare the student for his/her clinical placements and future employment opportunities. This course is also intended to support student learning and retention, by preparing students for the academic demands of the Personal Support Worker Program.

Co-Requisites
COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

HLTH 65
Units/ Hours: 15

This functional course will provide an overview of the Ontario Healthcare System. Students will examine the interdisciplinary role of healthcare professionals. Based on examination, students will dialogue about current issues and trends that impact the Ontario healthcare system, within the context of sustainability.

HLTH 244
Units/ Hours: 30

This introductory course provides an overview of the Personal Support Worker's role within the health care system. The role of the Personal Support Worker will be examined. Issues impacting the role such as accountability, interdisciplinary teamwork, legal and ethical rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, time management and the principles of documentation will be examined.

SOCI 69
Units/ Hours: 45

In this foundational course, the student will learn about the concepts involved in communication. Through reflection, the student will develop a deeper understanding of self and how self, impacts communication with others. The student will explore the concepts of verbal messages, nonverbal messages, listening and responding through a variety of simulation activities that aims to support the development of core interpersonal skills essential for communicating as a health care professional.

NRSG 200
Units/ Hours: 45

This foundational course introduces the Personal Support Worker student to basic anatomy and physiology fundamental to the provision of personal care to individuals requiring assistance in an institutional setting. Attitudes, knowledge and skills required to function ethically, safely and competently will be addressed in this class. This course will discuss each body system, the common diseases associated with each system and their related interventions. Theoretical concepts and principles discussed in this lecture course will be applied in lab and clinical courses.

Co-Requisites
NRSG 176
Units/ Hours: 72

In this clinical placement, the student will demonstrate classroom theory and principles in the long term care setting. Students will also develop competence in therapeutic communication, professional behaviour and accountability, personal care interventions, observation, reporting and recording, promotion and maintenance of a safe environment, and participation as a multidisciplinary care team member.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 201
Units/ Hours: 30

This foundational course introduces the Personal Support Worker student to practical skills fundamental to the provision of personal care to individuals requiring assistance in an institutional setting. Attitudes, knowledge and skills required to function ethically, safely and competently will be addressed in the lab. Simulated patient care situations, case studies and hands-on application of specific skills, will form the basis of this course.

Co-Requisites

Semester 2

HLTH 339
Units/ Hours: 15

This foundational course provides an overview of the Personal Support Worker's role within the health care system. Using a variety of strategies such as problem solving, critical thinking and decision making, students will explore concepts such as legislation, quality improvement, food safety, alternative healing, lifelong learning, medication safety and other skills.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
COMP 579
Units/ Hours: 15

Working in the Windows 7 environment, this computer course introduces the student to computer basics (computer terminology, e-mail, file management) and the application and use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software using Microsoft Office 2016. Through the extensive use of hands-on activities, students will gain sufficient knowledge and experience to make productive use of computers as a tool in the college and workplace environments.

HLTH 340
Units/ Hours: 28

This introductory course combines 2 separate specialty areas; Palliative Care and Mental Health. In the first 7 weeks, the course focuses on developing comfort around dying and death. Using the Hospice Palliative Care Framework, students will explore the various domains of issues encountered by persons living with life-threatening illness, and identify strategies to address these issues to support the client and family at the end of life. In the last 7 weeks, the course provides a framework for understanding mental health issues. The student will learn about challenges experienced by individuals who are coping with mental health issues such as delirium, dementia, depression, abuse and other mental health disorders. The student will also explore best practice strategies for communicating with and caring for individuals and their families in a safe and respectful manner.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 202
Units/ Hours: 21

This foundational course builds upon the Applications & Interventions I. This course will continue to discuss body systems, the common diseases associated with each system and their related interventions. Attitudes and knowledge required to function ethically, safely and competently will continue to be addressed in this class. Theoretical concepts and principles discussed in this lecture course will be applied in lab and clinical courses.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 146
Units/ Hours: 84

In this clinical placement, the student will continue to demonstrate classroom theory and principles in the long term care setting. Students will also develop competence in therapeutic communication, professional behaviour and accountability, personal care interventions, observation, reporting and recording, promotion and maintenance of a safe environment, and participation as a multidisciplinary care team member.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NRSG 178
Units/ Hours: 112

In this Community Clinical Consolidation, the student will apply their knowledge of theory, principles and skills learned in the classroom and lab in the community. While shadowing a Community Mentor, students will independently practice their therapeutic communication skills, professional behaviour and accountability, personal care interventions, observation, reporting and recording, promotion and maintenance of a safe environment, and participation as a multidisciplinary care team member with minimal faculty supervision.

Pre-Requisites
NRSG 203
Units/ Hours: 14

This foundational course builds upon PSW Lab 1. The Personal Support Worker student will continue to develop attitudes, knowledge and skills required to function ethically, safely and competently in lab and clinical settings. Simulated patient care situations, case studies and hands-on application of specific skills will form the basis of this course.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
SOCI 233
Units/ Hours: 45

Human development across the lifespan will be studied by exploring the interrelationship between biological, psychological and sociocultural influences from conception to end of life. Upon completion of the course, learners will have an understanding of individual development, in addition to the impact of lifespan development on families and communities. Learners will have the opportunity to follow an individual's development throughout the lifespan, using a variety of biopsychosocial factors.