1 Year - 2 Semesters
Ontario College Certificate
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Start Dates: Jan 2024
Program Code: 3038


Become a vital member of community healthcare remotely and on your own terms.

Through Contact North, gain access to the 1-year Sault College Personal Support Worker (PSW) program without having leaving your community.

Delivered online, the PSW program teaches you the skills to provide personal care for the elderly, the chronically ill and persons with accessibility challenges across many different settings.

Learn how to successfully support and promote the physical, emotional and social well-being of clients in:

• Long-term care facilities
• Hospitals
• Private agencies
• Retirement homes
• Home care settings
• Boards of education (special needs children)
• Palliative care settings
• Senior citizen recreation centres
• Respite settings
• Group homes

Work with clients and families and start making a difference now!

As a student of the PSW program, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in field placements to further your skills, gain valuable experience and increase your confidence level as you enter the workforce.

You love to care for others. And that inspires us! Let’s start

Requirements & Program Information

We really want you to make the best choice possible and make a decision that`s right for you.

Before deciding to study to become a Personal Support Worker, please give us a call to talk about what working in this field will be like.

That way, you`ll know exactly what your future will look like.

We can talk with you over the phone, tour you around the facilities and classrooms, or invite you to sit in on a class.

Clinical/Lab and Field Placement Requirements

Sault College`s priority will always be to try to find a suitable Field Placement in your home community.

Throughout the program, you will gain valuable experience in your practicum placements. You will be working with clients and families in a variety of settings and circumstances. Further, you will have many opportunities to make a positive difference in their lives.

To be able to attend these practicum experiences, you`ll need to complete the requirements listed below and bring in documents to support completion prior to starting your practicum placement. This is necessary to have in place before practicum starts as planning begins several weeks in advance. Having your requirements completed ensures that you are able to gain the experience needed to meet the course outcomes successfully.

1. Standard 1st Aid Certificate (current within 3 years)

2. CPR (Health Care Provider or Basic Life Support Level with AED) Certificate (yearly recertification required)

3. WHMIS Certificate (current within one year)

4. N95 Mask Fit Testing Card (renew every 2 years). Successful mask fit testing requires a clean shaven face (minimal facial hair) to administer the test.

5. Immunization & Health Record

  • A complete College Health Form along with official immunization documentation must be submitted it to the College Health Centre. Contact your health care provider, medical clinic or in Sault Ste. Marie and District, Algoma Public Health if you need to update your immunization record.

Documentation of the following is required:

  • proof of a 2-step Mantoux test for tuberculosis. For a known positive test, you must be assessed by a physician and receive medical documentation to have access to placement (a chest x-ray is required). If a 2-step was completed over a year ago; a 1 step TB test is required.
  • proof of measles, mumps and rubella immunization
  • proof of tetanus/diphtheria immunization
  • proof of chicken pox immunization
  • Influenza immunization each October/November of the program. The flu vaccine is not mandatory however in the event that a student refuses the vaccine, the student must follow placement agency policies. This may mean removal from clinical placement for the duration of an influenza outbreak. Students can contact their coordinator if they have any questions.
  • NOTE: Hepatitis B vaccination is not mandatory but strongly recommended.

Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search

  • This document is mandatory for agencies to grant access to vulnerable persons. You will be given detailed information about obtaining a current Criminal Record Check during the first month of classes or when clinical placements are confirmed. (Note: If a criminal record exists or charges are pending, you are required to disclose this information to the Chair of the Health Programs before the start of your program.)
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search is a yearly requirement that must be updated annually.

All costs associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student.

You will also sign a Statement of Confidentiality Form.

For further information regarding clinical and field placement requirements for this program, please email continuingeducation@saultcollege.ca.

Career Path

The staff and faculty are committed to providing an academic environment that will help you achieve personal and professional success. When you have completed the Personal Support Program here at Sault College you will be able to work in various settings such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, community agencies, and various other settings offering opportunities to work with various age groups.

Dress code

The public we serve and the institutions with which we share contractual agreements expect a neat and well-groomed appearance of the Personal Support Worker student. A professional image communicates respect, caring and inspires confidence and trust with our clients and others.

It is expected that Sault College Personal Support Worker students will follow a dress code when in labs/clinical placements and also adhere to the policies of the agencies they will be placed in.

The fees below are approximate fees, subject to change, for the 2022 Winter Intake of this program.

Fees & Costs


These fees are for the 2023-2024 academic year (year 1 of study), and are subject to change. Please visit your Student Portal to view your Schedule of Fees.


Program Contact: Lori Crosson, (705) 759-2554 ext 2442, lori.crosson@saultcollege.ca 

This program is delivered off-campus through Contact North and is full-time. Students are to apply to this program via ontariocolleges.ca.
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