In light of the growing need for health-care providers, both regulated and unregulated, graduates from the PSW Pathway program will have acquired foundational knowledge in the sciences, math, humanities and communications to prepare them for their study to become Registered Practical Nurses. Should graduates choose not to move on to the Practical Nursing program, they will exit the program with an enhanced understanding of the sciences and math related to the practice of nursing.
The English course that has been developed for this program will prepare graduates for career advancement in terms of written and spoken English. Earnings once they complete the PSW Pathway program will vary dependent upon the employing agency, but PSWs can earn up to $18 or more an hour.
Future Study Options
Graduates of this program who fulfill all course requirements and achieve an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher may be eligible to be offered a seat in the Practical Nursing full-time program at George Brown College. Successful candidates will be required to start the S121 program in the semester immediately following completion of S119. For example, eligible students completing S119 in December, will start S121 in January, and eligible students completing S119 in April will start S121 in September. It is the responsibility of students transferring into S121 to ensure they meet all special requirements for S121 by the deadlines provided, including police vulnerable sector check (renewed annually) and submission of health records. More information can be found on the S121 program page.
There may be some graduates who opt not to enter the Practical Nursing program but see the added learning as a benefit to their existing career as a PSW.