Home Support Worker (HSW)

The Home Support Worker assists with tasks of daily living and may work in long-term care facilities, home care settings, retirement homes, supportive housing, group homes, adult day programs, hospitals, and educational facilities. The range of services provided by a HSW is determined by the individual needs of each client and may include assistance with routine activities of living, including personal care, mobility, home management, meal preparation, family care, and assisting with social recreational activities.

As front line workers, Home Support Worker must develop a broad range of abilities beyond dexterity skills. They must provide not only for the comfort, safety and well-being of their clients, but also demonstrate sensitivity and respect for those in their care. The attitude, abilities and approach of the HSW are critical to the well-being and health of the people they support.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or Equivalent or Mature Student (19 years of age or older and out for 1 year or more)

  • Entrance testing required for all students not possessing a Grade 12 diploma at the general level

  • Fluency in English, demonstrated skill in written and oral communication and comprehension sufficient to meet the demands of the program as assessed by personal interview and student questionnaire or literacy examination

  • Fitness to complete the clinical placement. Immunization status must be up to date. Students must free of communicable disease. Hepatitis B Immunization is required

  • Police Check of Criminal Record must be produced within 30 days of starting school. Individuals who have a criminal record are not able to participate in the clinical placement and therefore will not able to graduate from the program

Graduation Requirements

  • Achieve a minimum mark of 70% in all of Section 1, Section 2, and the additional 8 modules

  • Pass the three skills performance demonstrations

  • Achieve satisfactory rating in each of the required abilities listed in the PSW skills passbook

  • Current First Aide/CPR Certificates

  • Have fulfilled all the practicum (clinical placement) hour requirements

  • Pass the PSW Final Standardized Examination administered by the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC)

 

Practicum Requirements 

  • Fitness to complete the clinical placement

  • Immunization status must be update. Students must be free of communicable diseases, Hepatitis B is required;

  • Police check of Criminal Record must be produced within 30 days of starting school. Individuals who have criminal record are  not able to participate in the clinical placement and therefore will not graduate the program

  • Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR prior to starting the Clinical Placement

Program Lengths

Full-Time International and National: 6 Months

In-school Theory and Practice (includes testing) 262 hours

Clinical Placement (Community) 110 hours

Practical: 88 hours

Total program hours: 460