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Duration

1 year

Tuition

$2,696

  Kitchener-Waterloo

May 6-Dec 20

Plus 2 other start dates

Sep 3 - Sep 3 2025

Jan 6 - Jan 6 2026

Commitment

Full-Time

Delivery

Classroom

Credential

Certificate

Year Founded

1967

Scholarships

yes

As a member of an interprofessional health-care team, a Personal Support Worker (PSW) provides supportive person-centered care across the lifespan to individuals and families, at various levels of health and wellbeing, in a variety of care environments including: long-term, community and/or hospital care settings. Conestoga’s PSW program prepares students to become preferred graduates for the profession; one that truly makes a difference in the lives of others.

Students will progress from beginning engagement to an entry-to-practice prepared professional PSW; one who participates in the delivery of care as directed by the plan of care/service plan with activities of daily living, comprising personal care, home management and nutrition and family responsibilities. Throughout the program, students learn how to promote a comfortable and safe environment for all clients including those experiencing responsive behaviours, risk for injury and/or clients requiring end-of-life care. Provincially recognized certificates related to these areas of learning will be received.

Experiential learning, which is central to Conestoga’s program, is integrated throughout to support student application of knowledge, skills and judgment. Students have the opportunity to study at multiple locations including the Living Classroom. The Living Classroom is an innovative curriculum delivery model, combining classroom and real-life experiences for students to build increased knowledge and confidence working with older clients and care teams obtained by immediate integration of learning in long-term care and retirement living environments.

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Student Reviews (17)

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Internationally Educated Nurses

Jaspreet

Guelph • December 11, 2023

Graduated From

Enhanced Practice for Internationally Educated Nurses

Overall:

5 out of 5

Instructors:

5 stars

Curriculum:

5 stars

Job Assistance:

5 stars

I was trained in India and began my nursing career in Canada as a PSW. The program at Conestoga for internationally educated nurses helped me get my license as registered nurse in Canada before I moved on to get my master's in nursing. I then trained ...

I was trained in India and began my nursing career in Canada as a PSW. The program at Conestoga for internationally educated nurses helped me get my license as registered nurse in Canada before I moved on to get my master's in nursing. I then trained to be a nurse practitioner.

The program covers the basics of nursing in Canada and advanced subjects like cardiac nursing and how to interpret ECGs, which normally is not offered as a separate course.

The teachers are great and you get to learn from people with different backgrounds in differ clinical areas. Canadian nurses have a bigger scope than nurses in any other country. Learning about these areas plus getting a clinical placement was a huge advantage. The program also supported me as a I managed family and getting used to living in Canada.

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Experience at Conestoga College

Jessie

Kitchener-Waterloo • November 20, 2023

Graduated From

Strategic Marketing Communications

Overall:

5 out of 5

Instructors:

4 stars

Curriculum:

4 stars

Job Assistance:

5 stars

So far, my course at Conestoga has given me a new professional perspective with a practical curriculum and professors with market experience, where we can practice everything we learned in class in our assignments and the job market.

So far, my course at Conestoga has given me a new professional perspective with a practical curriculum and professors with market experience, where we can practice everything we learned in class in our assignments and the job market.

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