PSW Program Information

Yorkdale’s Personal Support Worker Program  enables students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this growing health care field. Yorkdale’s PSW program meets Ontario Government standards and prepares students to support clients and their families in their homes and in long-term and other health care facilities.  All classes are taught by highly qualified teachers who are also experienced health care professionals.  Yorkdale follows the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities’ PSW Program Standard (2104)

 In this 27 week program students can:

-Earn  9 credits towards your secondary school diploma

-Earn a Personal Support Worker Certificate

-Gain real world work experience through a clinical and community co-op placement

Yorkdale’s 27 week Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate Program has two components:

Please note hours are non-negotiable and that classes are not held  over the summer (July and August)

Part 1: In–school (18 weeks) every other day in class.

-Monday-Friday, 8:25 a.m. – 12:35 p.m  (in-person or asynchronous) and   1:35am – 3:35 pm (daily synchronous)

Part 2: Out-of-school (5 weeks) in a long term care home, (4 weeks) in a community placement

-Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Due to Covid regulation, classes are running as a hybrid 2 day model.  One day in class and the other day online.    hours of class time are the same.

Class sizes are also restricted to allow for covid safety regulations

PSW Program Mandate

The Yorkdale PSW program is dedicated to providing comprehensive training to the next generation of Personal Support Workers preparing them for careers as contributing members of a multidisciplinary health care team. Yorkdale PSWs will act in a supporting role to provide compassionate and professional care to vulnerable individuals while respecting the rights of the individuals to direct their own care according to their needs, choices and capabilities.

Yorkdale will continue to partner with the healthcare community to ensure we can meet the needs of the employers and those of the clients for whom our graduates will be providing care.