Personal Support Worker (PSW) Program Outline 


This information document is intended for students who want to learn about our PSW program.  This program overview gives some details as to how our PSW (Personal Support Program) will run.  The program was developed due to the shortages of Personal Support Workers in our Simcoe Muskoka communities!  This program will begin (T.B.D.)   Students who complete the program will be fully qualified and able to apply for full-time employment!  


This Program Pathway has been created to assist students in a Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major who are interested in graduating from Secondary School as a qualified Personal Support Worker.  This program is open to students in grades 11, 12 or over graduates 21 and under, who would like to participate, even if they are not currently in a Health and Wellness SHSM.

Program Costs and Opportunities! There is a cost (T.B.D.) to be in the PSW Program that will be fully refunded upon successful completion!

Students will be given:

PSW Scrubs (to wear while on placement)

Proper Footwear (to wear while on placement)

PSW Textbook

PSW Workbook (that will be completed as part of the program) 

Cooperative Education lab book (that will list the skills and competencies that students have to learn and demonstrate and keep on file as part of their certification)

A Financial Stipend to support their placement

A Bursary (T.B.D.) upon successful completion of the SMCDSB PSW Program!!

After they have started in the program, students can decide not to complete the PSW qualification but can still earn the secondary credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Program Outline:

Offered as part of our Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major (students in school without Health and Wellness will be able to participate).  Courses will be offered through the Brightspace remote learning platform at night and during the summer.  Program teachers will connect with students in person as well through the course and placement visits.


TPJ3C: HealthCare Technology/Anatomy (open to everyone that wants to investigate the PSW Pathway) 

TOJ4C:  Child Development and Genealogy (PSW Specific Course)

TPJ4C: HealthCare Clinical Skills (PSW Labs and Learning skills)

4-Credit Cooperative Education: ( Long Term Care Home and/or other PSW Placement)


In addition to the courses, students will earn:

  • CPR
  • Emergency First Aid
  • AED
  • GPA Alzheimer's
  • Elder Abuse in-service
  • Acquired Brain Injury in-service/certification
  • Other qualifications may be added

Potential Schedules

Although the program will start in early February, we want to be able to give students currently in Grade 12 a pathway to become a qualified Personal Support Worker by the end of the program. This schedule may evolve based on student enrollment.

2-credit package in Semester 2 virtual Night School (TPJ3O (open to all students followed byTOJ4C for PSW Student) and course three (TPJ4C) in July.  Students will have the option of having placements in July and August for 2-credits, then will complete the other two credit placements in September OR students can complete a 4-credit placement in September. 

2023-2024 School Year

For the 2023-2024 school year, the courses and the placement will be further spread out and will use the summer if needed.  Placements can be through Day School Coop, SHSM Night School, or Summer School Coop.

Next Steps

If you are interested in this program and would like to be included in receiving more information or register for the program, please complete the following form:

PSW Program Registration / of Interest Form Expression