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Personal Support Worker Program Takes One Year to Complete Are you interested in attending a Personal Support Worker program that prepares you for the field through a focus on  hands­on approach? If so, you may want to consider applying for Centennial College’s Personal Support Worker courses,   which can be completed in a year and result in an Ontario College Certificate. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and   Universities, as well as community agencies and clinical settings, recognize this certificate. Interested parties are required  to have completed  at minimum an  Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or  older.   In   addition,   applicants   must   have   finished   the   compulsory   English   12C   or   U   credit   or   skills   assessment,   or   equivalent and can prove English proficiency. Once   accepted,   Personal   Support   Worker   program   students   study   out   of   Morningside   Campus,   which   is   Centennial  College’s most technologically advanced location and offers other School of Community and Health Studies offerings. The  Personal Support Worker courses themselves focus on the full range of home­ and health­related services required by a  variety of clients. The courses also reflect the latest practices and policies in the field. Knowledgeable Personal Support  Worker   program   instructors   guide   students   through   clinical   and   laboratory   aspects   in  courses   such   as   Anatomy,  Foundations   of   Personal   Support,   Developmental   Stages   &   Alterations   in   Health,   Personal   Support   Communication,  Foundations of Mental Health, Supporting Clients in Palliative Care and more. As previously mentioned, the Personal Support Worker program emphasizes hands­on practice. Because of this, students  spend more than half of the total program hours in a field placement working with teams in long­term care institutions, the   community and at in­home settings. The  15 weeks of extensive practical experience in  field placement allows them to  apply what they have learned in­school, network and absorb knowledge from practicing professionals.  Thanks to its extensive training, Personal Support Worker program graduates have the flexibility to adapt to  a variety  of settings, such   as   in   the   home,   schools,   community   residential   facilities,   nursing   homes   or   chronic   care   facilities.   Graduates of the Personal Support Worker program have demonstrated the ability to: act within the personal support  worker role, under supervision, and by following care/service plans and established policies and procedures; participate  as members of the care service teams in both community and institutional settings; collaborate and report observations to  appropriate health care team members in an ongoing, timely manner and document this information promptly; support  clients’   personal   and   home   management   care   requirements and   preferences   by   following   care   service   plans   and  established policies and procedures; demonstrate effective oral, written and nonverbal communication techniques; and  assist in the promotion and maintenance of a safe and caring environment for clients, their families, self and others.  According to the Ontario Network for Internationally Trained Professionals, in the course of remaking the health care   system in Canada, Personal Support Workers are reported to be in growing demand. As such, personal support worker  course graduates should be able to enter long­lasting careers. Author :­ Emma Centennial College :­ Personal Support Worker program

Personal Support Worker Program Takes One Year to Complete  

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