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Personal Support Worker

Available as a one-year program

Help with personal care can mean the difference between people living independently and giving up their homes. The demand for personal support workers is greater than ever and keeps growing in order to meet the needs of a retiring population. Make a difference every day by helping people live with independence and dignity.

Want to learn more about this program? Join us on Saturday, November 6 for a live Personal Support Worker program webinar via Zoom.


If you are a domestic full-time student who applies to Loyalist College for a January start program, is accepted, and confirms their offer of admission by December 15, 2021, your name will automatically be entered into a draw to win your tuition, a laptop, and other great prizes that are all part of The Ultimate Student Giveaway.

Learn More

This program will be delivered in a hybrid format in the Fall semester. For more information, please visit our Fall Program Delivery page.


  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Certificate

  • Start Date

    September and January entry (full-time) or flexible entry (alternate delivery, Bancroft Campus)

Find your career

Personal support workers provide supportive care to clients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. PSWs work under the direction of both the client and regulated health care professionals such as registered nurses and registered practical nurses.

  • Opportunities working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, community agencies providing support in the client’s home and self-employment.
  • Graduates are ready for employment in less than one year with no further qualifying exam or certification required.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Personal Support Worker, Hastings Centennial Manor
  • Personal Support Worker, Canadian Red Cross
  • Personal Support Worker, Westgate Lodge
  • Personal Support Worker, Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Personal Support Worker, VON

Is it for you?

Personal support workers are caring professionals. People who thrive in this career:

  • Really like interaction with people, talking and listening
  • Are comfortable working as part of a team
  • Come from a variety of backgrounds
  • Enjoy helping others

What employers say

"I feel strongly connected to the Loyalist PSW program. The coordinators and faculty members are excellent to work with and their genuine goal of helping their students be successful is always foremost. The placement opportunities we provide at the Valley Manor Nursing Home are excellent learning opportunties for the students - and helpful to us. Working with the students, we have the opportunity to assess who would be a good fit on our team. From one class alone we hired four new graduates."
Gail Yantha
Valley Manor Nursing Home, Barry's Bay

Experiential learning

In this hands-on program, you will learn to effectively support clients in their day-to-day activities, emphasizing trust, respect and individual choice:

  • Learn in small clinical and lab groups under the guidance of experienced faculty.
  • Practise monitoring and recording changes to clients’ conditions in Loyalist’s Human Simulation Lab with manikins simulating realistic scenarios.
  • Learn from guest speakers about a wide variety of topics pertinent to supporting residents in long-term care and clients in their own homes.
  • Learn how to shop for clients and provide nutritious meals on a balanced budget.
  • Learn and practise skills in a virtual learning environment (VLE) as an avatar.
  • Learning combines theory, laboratory practice and clinical placement all in the same week so students can apply what they’ve learned in a real-life setting.
  • Students have completed placements with Belmont Long-Term Care Facility, Moira Place, Hastings Manor, EJ McQuigge Lodge, Trent Valley Lodge Nursing Home, Pine Meadow Nursing Home, Hastings Centennial Manor, Helen Henderson Care Centre Lodge, the Victorian Order of Nurses, Canadian Red Cross, ParaMed and St. Elizabeth’s Belleville.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Teachers are registered nurses with extensive experience working with all members of the health care team in hospital, long-term care and community settings.
  • Professors participate in ongoing professional development, and many continue to work in their field, keeping their skills up-to-the-minute.

Alternate delivery

  • Students can pursue alternate delivery through Distance Education.
  • The program is offered our Bancroft campus, and at outreach locations as need requires.
  • Study three days a week (not including placements).
  • Labs are offered at the Bancroft campus/outreach locations and placements are arranged in outreach communities.

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