Personal Support Worker
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Centre of Applied Health Sciences, Windsor
  • Program Length:
  • 30 weeks (2 semesters) - Ontario College Certificate
  • Starts:
  • September and January

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

To all NEW (entering) and RETURNING students:

The clinical clearance process has changed this year and will be handled in-house at St. Clair College. Click here for details. If you have any questions please contact the nursing office at South Campus at 519-972-2727 Ex 4227, Thames Campus at 519-354-9100 Ex 3244, or the Chair of the School of Nursing, Linda Watson, at either campus Ex. 3233.

Health/Clinical Placement Requirements


All new and returning students need to be cleared for attendance in the clinical setting. This clearance involves meeting both medical and non-medical requirements. Please click "Medical & Non-Medical Clinical Placement Requirements" for the list of items required for each type of clearance depending on your program and semester. Your medical and non-medical documents will be reviewed to ensure you meet the requirements to attend clinical at our placement sites. Please note that these requirements are not St. Clair College requirements but requirements of our placement agencies that allow us to come for clinical experience. Each program and semester will have DIFFERENT dates for clinical clearance to avoid lineups.

Collaborative BScN Program:

First semester - October 31st - November 25th, 2016
Third semester - August 1st - August 26th, 2016

Practical Nursing Program:

First Semester - September 6th - 23rd, 2016
Third Semester - August 1st - August 26th, 2016

Personal Support Worker Program:

First Semester - September 19th - October 14th, 2016

Section A: Medical clearance will be done at our Health Centres at both South Campus and Thames Campus. Please call 519-972-2380 to make an appointment, in your date range, to have this clearance completed. You will find the medical form when you click here "Medical & Non-Medical Clinical Placement Requirements" and look under 'MANDATORY MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS - SECTION A'. You can have your health care provider complete the form with you or you can have one of our health nurses complete it with you. If your own health care provider completes the form you will still need to make an appointment with the Health Centre to have your documents examined to ensure the clinical requirements have been met. Every student entering clinical placement must have had an appointment with our Health Centre to have their health requirements cleared and documented. No health documents should be provided to anyone except the health nurse.

Section B: Non-medical clearance will be done in the following way. Please place the ORIGINALS of all your documents, which are required for non-medical clearance, in a large brown envelope and label the outside with your name, student number and your program. You will find a "Non-medical Clinical Requirement Checklist" when you click "Medical & Non-Medical Clinical Placement Requirements" and look under 'MANDATORY NON-MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS - SECTION B'. Print that checklist off, fill it in and go over the documents you are placing in the envelope to ensure you are not missing anything, then place the checklist in your envelope with your ORIGINAL documents. Your original documents will be returned to you after your clinical clearance has been completed. It is strongly advised that you take a photocopy of all your documents and keep that photocopy for your records until your original documents are returned. Bring your ORIGINAL documents and the checklist in the envelope to our nursing office.

  • At our South Campus our nursing office is located in the Centre for Applied Health Sciences building room 3314.
  • At our Thames Campus in Chatham our nursing office is located on the second floor of the main campus building in room 200

At the nursing office our staff will open your envelope in your presence and ensure all your ORIGINAL documents are present and accounted for. Both you and our staff will sign off that your ORIGINALS are there. Your documents will then be forwarded to our trained staff to examine and ensure you have met all the non-medical clinical requirements. Your documents will be kept strictly confidential. Your clinical clearance status will be documented on our secure system. Your ORIGINAL documents will be returned to you in the envelope after the clinical clearance has been completed. You can pick up your sealed envelopes from the coordinator of your program.

We are very happy to welcome you to the school of nursing. This clinical clearance may seem onerous but it is critical to you being permitted to attend clinical in your program. I want to thank you for your attention to these details. If you have any questions please contact me at:

Linda Watson, Chair School of Nursing
Chatham 519-354-9100 Ex. 3233
Windsor 519-972-2727 Ex. 3233

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.

Personal Support Workers 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. Students will have the skills to use lift machines and the body mechanics to ensure clients are moved safely and effectively. Students will also learn the appropriate skills to provide emotional, social and spiritual supportive care for clients and their families.

This program will appeal to students with a genuine interest in caring for the elderly and physically challenged persons of any age. They need both patience and maturity as well as strong communication skills.

  • Work placement.
  • Practical hands-on training in well-equipped simulation labs.
There are excellent employment opportunities in nursing homes, with homecare agencies, in rest homes, retirement homes, community living and other government agencies. Some opportunities also exist in the non-profit sector including the Alzheimer Society. There is also the potential for employment in retail homecare services.

  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: H932 / K933

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.


Course Name
Semester 1

Professionalism and Crosscultural Communication

Anatomy & Physiology for the Personal Support Worker

Pathophysiology for the Personal Support Worker
Skills Management and Safety Promotion

Practium 1 -- Lab
Practium 1 -- Clinical (S/U)

Course Name
Semester 2
Mental Health & Dementia Studies
Family Studies & Community Care
Restorative and Palliative Care
Practium II -- Clinical (S/U)
Preceptorship in Long Term Care
Preceptorship in Community

Pharmacology for the Personal Support Worker
Career Development