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Personal Support Worker

The 866 hour Personal Support Worker program replaces the Health Care Aide and Home Support Worker programs. It will educate individuals to work with the frail elderly, physically challenged, mothers and newborns, and persons with special needs in long term care facilities and/or in the community at large.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Prior to entry into the program, accepted applicants must submit proof of:

  • A satisfactory medical examination
  • An up-to-date immunization record including a Hepatitis B titre (within the last 24 months)
  • Please Note: A Flu vaccine will be required for specific clinical placements

Before accepting a student into the clinical setting, employers who host our clinical placements require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences, with vulnerable sector screening. The record check MUST be obtained by the student and at the student's expense. A police clearance and mask fit certificate will be required prior to entry into the clinical setting.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS PSW 114 Practicum I - Lab & Clinical
PSW 117 Anatomy & physiology for the PSW
PSW 159 Skills Management & Safety Promotion
PSW 164 Professionalism & Cross-cultural Communications
PSW 168 Pathophysiology for the PSW
PSW 201 Restorative and Palliative Care
PSW 204 Pharmacology for the PSW
PSW 206 Career Development
PSW 208 Mental Health & Dementia
PSW 209 Family Studies & Community Care
PSW 214 Practicum II - Clinical
PSW 216 Consolidation in Long Term Care Facility (Pre-Grad)
PSW 218 Consolidation in Community (Pre-Grad)

Next Program Intake: Fall 2017

PSW 114
This course applies theoretic knowledge to practical application in the lab and Long Term Care settings. This is a supervised and evaluated experience. 11 units of credit. $1038.42
WINDSOR 050 1062 Apr 25- May 18, Tue, Wed, Thu, 6:00P-10:00P and May 23- Jun 22 VARIOUS DAYS AND HOURS
PSW 204
This is an introductory course in Pharmacology. It will familiarize students with drug classifications, highlighting general characteristics of each class. A general explanation of how medications act on the body will be provided. Pertinent information regarding medication administration, routes and strengths of medications, and terminology will also be covered. 2 units of credit. $215.12 (tuition $205.12, materials $10)
WINDSOR 050 1065 Jun 27-Jul 12, Tue, Wed, Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
PSW 206
This course will emphasize the importance of self-evaluation and recognize the need for fostering professional growth for the PSW through lifelong learning. The student will examine how personal characteristics influence career choices and personal development. 1 unit of credit. $86.92 (tuition $76.92, materials $10.00)
WINDSOR 050 1065 Jul 13-Jul 19, Tue, Wed, Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
PSW 208
This course will introduce students to common conditions of cognitive impairment, substance abuse and mental illness. Students will also learn to apply basic approaches and techniques to assist the client with these conditions. 2 units of credit. $163.84 (tuition $153.84, materials $10.00)
WINDSOR 050 1063 Jul 20-Aug 2, Tue, Wed, Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
PSW 209
This course is designed to assist students to understand characteristics of today’s families. The student will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to family’s reactions to the worker’s presence, family routines, effects of illness, stress and disability on family relationships, preferences and involvement in family decision making, approaches in balancing caregiving and rest, skills related to infant, child care, and assisting a child with special needs. The student will also assist the client with household activities according to client preferences, comfort and safety. 2 units of credit. $163.84 (tuition $153.84, materials $10.00))
WINDSOR 050 1163 Aug 3-Aug 16, Tue, Wed, Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
PSW 201
This course will introduce the student to concepts of prevention, maintenance, rehabilitation/restoration, palliation in supporting maximum function and comfort of the client. The student will develop an understanding of the concept of terminal illness and dying as part of life and its impact on the client/family and health care professional. 2 units of credit. $163.84 (tuition $153.84, materials $10)
WINDSOR 050 1064 Aug 17-Aug 30, Tue, Wed, Thu, 6:00P-10:00PP

Please Note: Practicum II - Clinical PSW 214, Consolidation in community setting PSW 218 and Consolidation in long term care PSW 216 will be offered in Fall 2017. Fees TBD.

Academic Pathway for Nurses Returning to Practice

A wide variety of courses are offered to meet the needs of nurses (RNs and RPNs and nursing students) returning to practice. These courses meet the needs of Canadian-trained nurses and the Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) who have been assessed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and are required to meet designated theory and clinical elements. This academic pathway provides nurses with an opportunity to update and enhance their nursing knowledge and skills based on individual learning needs.

All applicants to this academic pathway must be counselled to develop an individual academic plan prior to course enrolment. Windsor applicants, please call 972-2711 to start this process. Canadian nurses and IENs who have been assessed by the CNO must submit a copy of their letter. Eligible candidates must have Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status. To enroll, you are required to have current Registration with the CNO, or a letter of remediation from the CNO; or completion of an Ontario Certificate/ Diploma Nursing Program; or permission from the Continuing Education Nursing Studies Coordinator.

A completed health record, a current CPR level C certificate and a clear police check (level 2), as designated by the College are needed prior to admission to any of the clinical courses. Please ensure you have the correct forms from St Clair College prior to obtaining the health record and police check.

Health/Clinical Placement Requirements

Before any student is allowed into any clinical placement (except the SCC nursing lab), students must have obtained:

  • A current Police Clearance with a Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check obtained. Current St Clair College Health Passport. Health forms may be obtained from health nurse in Room 165 (South Campus).
  • Current St Clair College Health Passport. Health forms may be obtained from health nurse Room 165 (South Campus)
  • Flu Immunization in the Winter months
  • Professional Mask fitting Certificate
  • Pre-clinical courses HCE 112, HCE 113

It is expected the student will carry the police clearance card, SCC Health Passport, mask fitting certificate with you when in the clinical area. You may be asked for it at any time. Students will not be allowed into clinical areas without the above.

Pre-requisites: PNR 501/HCE 108, PNR 502, PNR 514/HCE 123N

PNR 502
This course reviews common clinical skills for RN's and RPN's and nursing students. The student is expected to perform simulated lab practice with principle based rationale. Skills covered include care of clients with alterations in: the integumentary system (i.e. catheter insertion and irrigations), respiration (i.e. suctioning, trach care, chest tubes) and mobilization (i.e. slings, bandaging, traction, casts.) After completion of this course the nurse would need clinical supervision before performing these skills independently. 2 units of credit $432.60 (tuition $417.60, $15.00 materials)
WINDSOR 050 1016 May 18-Jun 15, Mon, Thu, 6:00P-10:00P *No class Monday May 22
PNR 506
In this clinical experience, the REFRESHER NURSING STUDENTS will apply theoretical and health lab assessment skills. Students will use problem solving, critical thinking and the nursing process and principles of therapeutic communication in a selected intermediate level clinical placement. These students will demonstrate accountability, ethical conduct, and professionalism. They will also provide safe and knowledgeable, basic nursing care and handling of clients at all times. Clinical pre-requisites required. 3 units of credit. $522.00
WINDSOR 050 1017 Various days and times
PNR 510
In this clinical refresher placement the REFRESHER NURSING STUDENT will apply theoretical and health lab assessment skills. These student will demonstrate accountability, a professional work etiquette and ethical conduct. The student will use problem solving, critical thinking, the nursing process and principles of therapeutic communication in selected intermediate & advanced clinical placements. Given the opportunity, students will demonstrate safe, knowledgeable clinical care at all times. Clinical pre-requisites required. 8 units of credit. $1566.00
WINDSOR 050 1018 Various days and times.
PNR 160G
This course explores the role that codes of ethics play in the self-regulation of various professions as opposed to direct regulation of the professions by the legislature. The components of typical codes of professional ethics will be examined and students will learn how the provisions of the code are enforced and the impact of the codes on society. It will enhance the student’s understanding of core ethical issues within their chosen profession and provide the opportunity to discuss and evaluate foundational concepts of professional codes of ethics. 3 units of credit. $623.20 (Tuition $574.20, access fee $49.00).
ONLINE 065 1159 May 8-July 28
HCE 120N
This review course covers the theory related to the nursing care of childbearing families, infants, children and adolescent clients. The nursing process, health promotion and adaptation are the key concepts applied in caring for the normal client throughout these various stages of growth and development. The care of these clients with common physical and psychosocial alterations is also examined. Ethical and legal issues related to the above life stages will be explored. This is a review course and the extent of the returning nurse’s knowledge level determines the amount of preparation needed before class to be successful. 3 units of credit. Windsor $406.00 (Tuition $357.00, access fee $49.00), Text extra.
ONLINE 065 2048 May 8-July 28
HCE 112N
This course provides an overview of common nursing skills and best practice to facilitate the nursing student to be prepared to give safe and knowledgeable care during future clinical practice. 2 units of credit. $295.20
WINDSOR 050 2045 May 30-Jun 27, Tue, 6:00P–10:00P
HCE 113N
This course provides an assessment of the student’s clinical nursing abilities. The assessment enables the nurse to develop a personal learning plan to facilitate success in future clinical nursing courses. 1 unit of credit. $295.00
WINDSOR 050 2046 May 31-Jun 28, Wed, 6:00P–10:00P
HCE 114N
This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to practice professional and technical skills for adults of all ages experiencing acute and long term health needs. The nursing management of clients through the use of decision making, communication, caring, and teaching/learning skills are emphasized. There is a focus on assessment, goal-oriented interventions and client outcomes. Application of nursing theory, the standards of practice and best practice guidelines is expected throughout this experience. 11 units of credit. $1968.00
WINDSOR 050 2047 Various days and times.

Additional Nurse Upgrading Courses

RGN 137
This course is designed to emphasize the importance of the 12 Lead ECG as a superior diagnostic tool for the practitioner (RN.) The necessity of understanding the mechanisms of arrhythmia and of posing a systematic approach for ECG diagnosis and treatment is stressed. The course is designed to provide practice and feedback in the interpretation of a normal 12 Lead ECG, atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and heart blocks. Patterns of atrial and ventricular hypertrophy, bundle branch blocks and pacemakers will also be identified. Myocardial patterns and the coronary arteries involved will be examined. Alterations by electrolyte imbalances and medications will be studied. Practice tracings are provided with detailed analysis that will assist the student in becoming proficient in 12-lead and arrhythmia interpretation. 2 units of credit. $153.84 Text extra.
WINDSOR 050 1171 May 17-Jul 5, Wed, 6:00P-9:00P
RGN 135N
This 12 hour course will enable the RN or RPN to practice foot care on children, adults and the elderly in an institution or community setting. It will teach the nurse to assess and recognize both soft tissue lesions such as calluses, corns, veruca warts, athletes' foot, and boney deformities such as bunions, claw toes, hammer toes, and others. The course will focus on health professional clinical practice. The second day will consist of all day hands on practice in both the lab and a clinical facility. Students are asked to have at least 1 month growth on nails. Pre-requisite: CNO registration number. $233.90(tuition $200.00, materials $30.00, HST $3.90)
WINDSOR 050 1607 Jun 12-13, Mon, Tue, 9:00A-4:00P
WINDSOR 051 1609 Aug 14-15, Mon, Tue, 9:00A-4:00P
RGN 140N
This hands on advanced workshop updates knowledge to 2013 Diabetic Guidelines for Footcare. The student will learn to assess high risk feet with neuropathy, understand treating vascular vs. arterial ulcers using new internationally accepted Clinical Best Practice Guidelines. In labs, you will practice padding and strapping to reduce foot pain. Nail conditions, nail care and nail packing are taught. Uniform or lab coat required for community clinical practice on day three. This three day course will teach the nurse to assess and document high risk feet. It will focus on diabetic feet and Canadian protocols for recognition of ulcers, as well as a full day of experience padding and strapping for purposes of deflection, cushioning and pain relief. Nail packing and reduction of the Rams Horn Nail will be taught and practiced in the clinical experience at a long term care facility. This course will be taught to Health Canada Guidelines. Pre-requisite: RGN 135N and CNO registration number. $308.90 (tuition $275.00, materials $30.00, HST $3.90)
WINDSOR 050 1415 Jun 14, 15, 16, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00A-4:00P
WINDSOR 051 1417 Aug 16, 17, 18, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:00A-4:00P
HCE 143N
This course will introduce students to best practices regarding the care of palliative care clients in the home setting. The student will learn basic approaches and techniques to assist the client with his or her needs during the EOL (end of life) stage. Topics include, but are not limited to practices appropriate for the RN or RPN, communication with the client and family, and psychological implications. $203.40 (tuition $170.00, materials $10.00, HST $23.40)
WINDSOR 050 2615 Jun 6-20, Tue, Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
HCE 127N
This course addresses the fundamental concepts related to caring for clients receiving IV therapy. Course content will include all IV access lines (central and peripheral sites), IV medication administration and drug interactions, review of necessary equipment, dressing protocols, IV initiation using simulation equipment, client assessment, and appropriate nursing care. This course includes classroom instruction as well as hands on experience within a simulation lab. The course is suitable for 3rd year last semester Collaborative Nursing Students, 2nd year Practical Nursing Students, or RNs and RPNs who wish to refresh their skills. $240.02 (tuition $159.90, $52.50 materials, HST $27.62))
WINDSOR 071 1675 Apr 7-8, Fri, 5:30P-9:30P, Sat, 8:30A-5:30P
CHATHAM 570 2181 Jun 3, 10, Sat, 8:30A-5:00P

First Aid and CPR

First Aid & CPR courses delivered in partnership with Second Chance CPR. For general inquiries regarding CPR and First Aid courses please call (519) 972-2711 or email If you are interested in arranging a special class for your staff, please call (519) 972-2727, ext. 4508 in Windsor to discuss your needs.

Please Note: if you have taken a recertification course once, you must take the full course the next time.

Replacement certificates: $20.00

HSC 151N
This 4 hour course teaches an emergency approach on how to manage infants and children in cardiac/respiratory medical emergencies and render lifesaving care until professional help arrives. Students will receive a wallet card CPR Level B. $32.00
WINDSOR 070 1673 Jun 3, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
WINDSOR 075 1674 Aug 5, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
HSC 159N
This 16 hour course teaches an emergency approach on how to manage medical emergencies and render lifesaving care until professional help arrives. Includes skill stations, scenario based learning, applications, and a written exam. Standard First Aid certificate (3 year) and CPR Level C HCP (1 year) certification is awarded on completion $100.00
WINDSOR 055 2097 Aug 14-17 Mon-Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
WINDSOR 075 2096 Jul 22-23, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
WINDSOR 076 2095 Aug 5-6, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
WINDSOR 077 2094 Aug 19-20, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
CHATHAM 555 2093 Jul 10-13, Mon-Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
CHATHAM 575 2092 Aug 5, 12, Sat, 9:00A-5:00P
CHATHAM 576 2090 Aug 19, 26, Sat, 9:00A-5:00P
HSC 180N
Delivered by Second Chance CPR, this course will teach participants to describe the Chain of Survival and how it applies in their own lives and show competency at a professional level in responding in a cardiopulmonary emergency involving an infant, child or adult. $43.75
WINDSOR 075 2147 Jul 8, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
WINDSOR 076 2146 Aug 19, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
CHATHAM 575 2149 Jul 8, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
CHATHAM 555 2145 Aug 16, Wed, 6:00P-10:00P
HSC 182N
Delivered by Second Chance CPR, this 4 hour course will certify the student in CPR C for Health Care Providers and AED. This course is designed for people who work in an area where a Public Access Defibrillator is available, or for personnel who are looking to further their medical training. Course includes anticipation/planning of a cardiac arrest, step by step instructions on how to successfully use a defibrillator, care and stabilization of a patient. Medical Delegation, quality assurance reviews and policies and procedures $75.00
WINDSOR 070 4683 Jun 24, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
WINDSOR 075 5770 Jul 15, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
WINDSOR 076 4379 Aug 5, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
WINDSOR 077 5055 Aug 19, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
WINDSOR 078 3540 Jul 8, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
CHATHAM 575 2158 Jul 8, Sat, 9:00A-1:00P
CHATHAM 555 2159 Aug 16, Wed, 6:00P-10:00P
CHATHAM 556 3541 Jul 5, Wed, 6:00P-10:00P
HSC 183N
Delivered by Second Chance CPR, this course introduces participants to the standard First Aid and Level C CPR appropriate for health care providers by covering all major topics, such as: choking, airway and breathing emergencies, and prevention of disease transmission. This course is also suitable for first responders in the workplace. $165.00
WINDSOR 056 2162 Aug 21-24, Mon-Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
WINDSOR 071 2172 Jul 15-16, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
WINDSOR 072 2171 Jul 22-23, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
WINDSOR 073 2170 Aug 5-6, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
WINDSOR 074 2169 Aug 12-13, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
WINDSOR 075 2168 Aug 19-20, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
WINDSOR 076 2167 Aug 26-27, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-5:00P
CHATHAM 575 2163 Jul 22, 29, Sat, 9:00A-5:00P
CHATHAM 555 2166 Aug 21-24, Mon-Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
CHATHAM 556 2162 Aug 19, 26, Sat, 9:00A-5:00P
PSW 159
This course assists students in assessing and responding to the physical, social and emotional needs of clients. It enables students to develop the knowledge and skills to support a client’s personal care requirements, assess aspects of safety as it relates to both client and worker, and identify concepts of abuse. 4 units of credit. $368.96 (tuition $358.96, $10 materials) 56 hours
WINDSOR 050 2362 Mar 28-Apr 20, Tue, Wed, Thu, 6:00P-10:00P
CNT 683N
One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide that early help that is so important in recovery. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help, and guide a person towards appropriate professional help. The course will cover: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorder, suicidal behaviour, overdoses, panic attacks, reactions to traumatic events, and psychotic episodes. Note- Students must complete all course hours to receive a course certificate and manual. $150.00 (tuition $109.76, materials $35.61, HST $4.63)
WINDSOR 070 2587 May 6-7, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-4:30P
WINDSOR 075 2586 Aug 26-27, Sat, Sun, 9:00A-4:30P

MLT Transfer Assessment

Applicants for the Transfer Assessment will have records of their MLT training, experience, and other course work assessed for equivalency to the St. Clair College program so that the existing transfer agreement between St. Clair and the University of Windsor can be utilized. If the documentation required confirms equivalency to a St. Clair College MLT graduate with a GPA of at least 3.0, the applicant will receive an official statement of eligibility to apply for up to 17 credits at the University of Windsor. For further information please contact Laurie Hart at 519-972-2727 ext. 4454, by fax at 519-972-2386 or by email $271.20 (tuition $240.00, HST $31.20)
WINDSOR 060 1394 1394 Individually arranged
VIS 100
Applicants for the CGFNS Visa Screen process will have records (Official Transcript) of their MLT training, experience, and other course work assessed for hours equivalency to be provided to the International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP). MLS applicants must provide a signed copy of the “Request for Academic Records of Clinical Laboratory Scientists and Clinical Laboratory Technicians for Visa Screen” for application to be processed. For further information, please contact Jan Maxwell at 519-972-2727 ext. 4442 or by e-mail $169.50 (tuition $150.00, HST $19.50)
WINDSOR 060 2626 individually arranged
WINDSOR 061 3328 individually arranged

Distance Education

All distance education Anatomy & Physiology testing is conducted on site at St. Clair College. If you are having your tests mailed to the test center at a college or university in your area, you may have to pay for a proctor. Once you are registered in these courses, please contact Michael Carter at 519-972-2727 ext. 4449 or by email

BIO 145
The first of two courses which exhibit the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the human body, as well as related microbiology. The topics of study include cells, tissues, and microbiology, as well as the following body systems: integumentary, musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive. The concepts of homeostasis, adaptation, and pathology are introduced.3 units of credit. Delivered by paper-based correspondence. $307.68 Text extra.
DISTANCE 060 1262 May 8-Jul 31
BIO 245
The second of two courses which applies the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, pathology to the study of the human body and build upon and integrates the knowledge gained in BIO 145. The topics of study include fluid and electrolyte balance, metabolism, and genetics. The systems which are studied are the nervous, sensory, endocrine, urinary, lymphatic (immunology), and reproductive. The concepts of homeostasis and adaptation as well as pathology are introduced. Pre-requisite: BIO145. 3 units of credit. Delivered by paper-based correspondence. $307.68 Text extra.
DISTANCE 060 1263 May 8-Jul 31
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