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Program Code: 07741
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: May, September
Program Length: 2 semesters
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Humber is proud to have the highest graduate employment and employer satisfaction rate of the GTA colleges based on Colleges Ontario’s key performance indicators for college graduates in 2022-2023.

Program Overview

Humber’s Personal Support Worker certificate program gives you the skills you need for an in-demand career. Personal support workers play an especially important role in supporting the health-care team in long-term care, hospitals, home care and community health-care organizations. They contribute to the overall well-being and quality of life of their clients.

Students will learn to safely assist with personal care, mobility, in some cases household management, and emotional support for individuals across the lifespan. Additionally, students will learn to recognize the physical and emotional changes of aging and illness while supporting clients to maximize their independence.

With state-of-the-art facilities, committed professors, and valuable work-integrated learning, Humber students have a competitive edge.

Work-Integrated Learning  

During the program, personal support worker students will participate in 300 hours of field experiences. In Semester 1, students learn and practise important personal support worker skills in Humber’s simulation learning lab and apartment. In Semester 2, students complete two unpaid field experiences in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Two unpaid field experiences allow you to gain valuable hands on practical and professional skills which will serve you well in your career. Beginning the first week of January, the Semester 2 field experience is divided into two rotations over 13 weeks: 160 hours in a long-term care (LTC) facility and 120 hours in a community agency. Hours and number of days per week vary depending on the type of facility and shifts assigned; most range from seven to eight hours per day or evening. The long-term care experience is fully supervised in the LTC centre. During the community experience, students have field advisors who visit on a regular basis to support student learning.

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Watch the video to learn what is work-integrated learning.

Professional and Community Partnerships

Humber maintains strong partnerships within the community – and is the preferred choice by many agencies and facilities because of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness reputation.

An Education in High Demand

The aging population and sustaining government focus on home and long-term care, continues to create a strong demand for personal support workers. As a Humber Personal Support Worker graduate your knowledge of aging and the common conditions and abilities of this group, will well-equip you to assist with providing safe and effective support. Your ability to provide personal care and household maintenance will allow you to aid seniors and others who need assistance with their activities of daily living.

What it Takes to be a Personal Support Worker

The Personal Support worker is an integral part of the team that provides care to seniors in their homes, retirement residences or long-term care facilities. The Personal Support Worker (PSW) role involves multiple aspects of daily living activities. These can include:

  • Personal care; helping a person with bathing, grooming, oral care, dressing, toileting, and feeding.
  • Helping with mobility and transferring such as assisting a person with walking, positioning, and transferring from bed to chair.
  • Household management, such as menu planning, meal preparation, cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping.

If you have an interest in and enjoy working with the aging population in a variety of healthcare and community settings, this program may be for you.

The Humber Advantage

State-Of-The-Art Facilities

Humber is a leading-edge facility in every respect. Fully equipped labs use simulation mannequins to prepare you for the workplace by exposing you to real life scenarios you might encounter in the workplace.

The Humber Experience

The Right Fit

Do you enjoy working with seniors or individuals who need assistance with personal care and/or mobility? If the answer is yes, then you could have a rewarding career as a personal support worker.


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What Can I Expect?

What can you expect in the Humber PSW program that is exciting and interesting?

You will be part of a very culturally diverse student population. This will help you to increase your awareness of your own culture and the positive aspects of other cultures.

In the first semester of the PSW program there are over 100 students. While this sounds large, the class sizes are small. There are approximately 45 students per theory section and 8-10 students per clinical group. Within those groups you will develop support systems, networks, and friends to help you.

You will have professors and clinical teachers who are extremely well prepared academically and professionally. All professors and clinical teachers are registered nurses or registered practical nurses who have worked in long-term care, hospital, or community settings before their work in post-secondary education.

The goal of all the professors is to help you succeed in the program; however, your success is a shared responsibility, and you must do your part by attending classes and clinical, completing assignments on time, and studying for examinations.

The program includes mandatory field placements where you will have the opportunity to practice your newfound skills and knowledge with supervision. It is paced to match the level of knowledge you have gained from the theory courses. Field experiences include long term care and community agencies. Humber has relationships with more than 100 agencies and makes every effort to give you the best possible experience in all the areas you could potentially work in after you have graduated.


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Being a Personal Support Worker

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Expert Faculty

You will learn from expert professors with advanced degrees who have had exposure to various nursing experiences in both the field and the classroom. Our clinical practicum teachers are experts in the nursing field, many with advanced degrees, and bring real world experience and knowledge to the practicum setting to support your learning. Our professors and clinical practicum teachers are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on as well as the scientific knowledge necessary to help you achieve the nursing career you want.

Your Career

Embark on a rewarding career as a personal support worker, where you can provide compassionate care to those in need.

You will be qualified to provide services to an aging population and their families in a variety of settings such as:

  • clients’ homes
  • congregate dining settings
  • hospitals
  • long-term care facilities
  • palliative care centres
  • retirement and seniors residences

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
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Sep 2024 Block-Based North Open
May 2025   North Open
Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
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Sep 2024 Block-Based North Closed
May 2025   North Opening Soon

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students in Canada who apply for September 2024 start could be eligible for an automatic scholarship*. Apply now

Please note the new International Admissions Process and Provincial Attestation Letters. Read the update

Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
START DELIVERY LOCATION STATUS
Sep 2024 Block-Based North Closed
May 2025   North Opening Soon

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students Out of Canada can Apply through Humber International

Please note the new International Admissions Process and Provincial Attestation Letters. Read the update

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Contact Us

Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

Domestic Applicants Enquiries

Domestic applicants can book a one-on-one advising appointment with an admissions representative.

International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Aleena Shah, program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 4607
aleena.shah@humber.ca

Campus Information

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How To Become An Apprentice

Becoming an Apprentice

Find an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice.

Contact the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to register as an apprentice.

Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

View Instructions 

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

Visit OYAP 

How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber’s program pages, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

To see where you are in the admissions process, visit the Admissions Road Map.

International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Need Advice?

Program Advising Appointments

Get help narrowing down your program options or book a one-on-one pre-enrolment advising appointment with one of our Recruitment Officers.

Transfer & Pathway Advising

Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a credential evaluation. Note, for international High school education course by course evaluations, ICAS must be used. For international post-secondary education, a WES evaluation must be provided. In situations where you expect to apply for transfer credit, it is recommended that a course by course WES evaluation is completed.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Placement Requirements

The pre-requisite requirements must be fulfilled before the commencement of your first placement. Participation in placements will not be allowed if not all the pre-requisite requirements are met. Due to the variety of venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Please use the following link to find detailed information about your program’s placement pre-requisite requirements.

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H (PC)
4-core or higher 64bit (Mac)
Intel i5-8300H (PC)
4-core or higher 64bit (Mac)
OS Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Aleena Shah, program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 4607
aleena.shah@humber.ca

Fees & Financial Aid

The 2024/2025 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $4,471.86
  • international: $17,803.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$700 to $900 – textbooks, supplies, Hepatitis B vaccine, first aid, CPR, uniform. Transportation costs to and from placements are the student's responsibility.

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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