Developmental Services Worker
Developmental Services Worker Header
  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Developmental Services Worker graduates specialize in supporting children, adults and seniors with developmental and intellectual disabilities in all aspects of life in their communities.

Courses focus on interpersonal and counseling skills, teaching life skills, community involvement, positive behavioural supports, mental health intervention and pharmacology.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experienced full time faculty with experience from the field
  • Two field placement experiences in second year
  • An effort made to match students to their home community where possible
  • Future pathways to accelerated programs including Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education and Autism and Behavioural Science
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Typical entry level positions include:
  • Developmental support professional with community agencies
  • Educational assistant in schools
  • Family support worker
  • Recreational Assistant
Graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects including entrepreneurial opportunities. Students often find part time work prior to graduation.

FIELD PLACEMENT
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. If you are unable to obtain this police clearance you jeopardize the opportunity to complete either of your field placements. 

Prior to entering the program, you must have your CPR and Standard First Aid Certification. 

Due to the 24 hour nature of this field, students may be required to perform placement duties on off hours; this may include evenings.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Accepted applicants must supply proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization while enrolled in the first year of the program. Please be advised that lack of documented immunizations may result in the restriction of field placement and therefore, may delay or prevent completion of the program.

DEGREE COMPLETION
Graduates can be granted credit toward Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Windsor, and admission to the Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Disability Studies at Ryerson University

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
HMN100
3

Writing for the Developmental Service Worker
HMN1118
3
Professionalism I
HMN1114
4
Health
HMN1116
2
Philosophy of Support
HMN1117
3
Wellbeing I
HMN1121
3
Developmental Disabilities I
ECE203G
3
Family Dynamics

Semester 2
HMN2004
2
Health Lab
HMN2121
3
Developmental Disabilities II
HMN2010
3
Person Centred Approaches
HMN2007
3
Intervention Strategies
HMN2110
3
Professionalism II
HMN2009
3
Community Building
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
HMN200
1
Placement Orientation
Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
HMN3002
4
Teaching Strategies
HMN3008
21
Field Placement I
HMN300
1
Safe Management Training
HMN3009
2
Social Services
HMN3117
3
Wellbeing II
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective



Semester 4
HMN4007
3
Dual Diagnosis
HMN4112
2
Career Development and Professionalism
HMN4007
3
Responding to Abuse
HMN4010
21
Field Placement II
PRM2100
3
Theory and Practice of Pharmacology
HMN401
1
Entrepreneurial Skills for the DSW

* Prior to going on your field placement, you must have your CPR and First Aid Certification