About this program

Start Date

September 2023


Fort Frances


Sioux Lookout

Program Length

Two semesters



Ontario College Certificate

Canadore College

About the program

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) program trains students to offer personal care and home management services to clients in community or institutional settings. Personal support workers provide services to clients with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. Learn hands-on in the classroom, in community placements and in SGEI’s simulation lab equipped with high-end fidelity audio/visual equipment and interactive mannequins.

Semester 1

CMM125 Communication Fundamentals
PSW185 Professional Issues
PSW152 Client, Family & Community
PSW235 Numeracy and Healthy Living
PSY200 Lifespan Development
PSW180 Biology for PSWs
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples

Semester 2

PSW162 Lab I
PSW205 Mental Health (6 weeks)
PSW210 Lab II (Simulation Lab, 6 weeks)
PSW230 Clinical
PSW300 Consolidation


Ontario Secondary School Diploma and ENG4C/ENG4U, equivalent, or mature student test.

Are you missing program prerequisites?

Are you missing prerequisites for a program? We can help! SGEI offers common prerequisite courses during the summer, or we can arrange for you to complete a test to enter the program. All you have to do is apply, and we will be in touch with you.


  • Tuition (Semester 1): $1867.12
  • Tuition (Semester 2): $1747.12

Funding opportunities

If you need assistance funding your education, visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about bursaries, grants, OSAP and more.

Meet your coordinator(s)

Our dedicated program coordinators are here to help you succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

Skylar Carlson

Fort Frances campus
(807) 274-2796

Nicole Robertson

Sioux Lookout campus
(807) 737-2897

Wendy Tseng

Kenora campus
(807) 468-3096

Have questions? Connect with a coordinator!

Have questions about this program? Contact a coordinator directly or submit your question(s) below and a program coordinator will reach out to you.

Career options

Personal Support Worker program graduates can expect to find work as a personal support worker in a variety of home and health care settings.

Where you might work

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community/home care
  • Hospitals
  • Hospice


I love the environment of SGEI; it gives people a chance to stay close to home and still [work] toward their career choice. It has been a blessing being able to learn more about my culture. It truly is the backbone of SGEI, and it definitely helps others open themselves up to going back to school or even trying something new.
Aurora McRitchie
SGEI Student

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