Prepare for a caring career helping others
The Sheridan’s Personal Support Worker Program prepares you to provide physical, psychological and social assistance to the elderly or to medically challenged youth. In just one year, you can gain the skills you need to begin a satisfying career helping in a long-term care facility, classroom, supportive housing or home care environment. A full 100% of our graduates find employment and employers are 100% satisfied with the Sheridan personal support workers hired.
The curriculum includes extensive hands-on experience working first with mannequins and then with actual patients through a practicum learning to:
- Perform demanding physical techniques of intimate personal care
- Understand and empathize with the client and their challenging situation
- Learn to lift and transfer clients
- Increase your client's comfort, safety and mobility
- Communicate clearly and compassionately with clients and report accurately
In addition to quickly preparing you to enter a growing career field, your personal support worker training is also a path toward starting a nursing education, if this is your long-term goal. Two of your courses transfer as credit to the nursing program, including one that is a joint course completed with the nursing students.
Field Practica Give Real-World Experience
Your personal support worker training includes 350 hours — four full weeks — in two separate practicum settings. Your first practicum is in a long-term care facility. The second can be in your choice of a classroom, supportive housing or long-term care facility.
Unlike other programs that require you to find your own practicum, Sheridan’s Personal Support Worker Program arranges placement for you. A faculty member always accompanies you on your first day of the placement to help you get acquainted with the personnel and the facility. Field experiences often lead directly to employment after graduation.
Professors Who Are Engaged in the Field
All professors teaching in the Personal Support Worker Program hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing and all are heavily engaged in the personal care field. They bring their own experience working in elder care to the classroom.
In addition to tuition, you should expect to spend approximately $380 on uniforms, shoes and textbooks.
The Personal Support Worker Program is located at the Davis Campus in Brampton, Ontario.