Personal Support Worker (PSW) Pathway to Practical Nursing Program (S119)

PROGRAM
Personal Support Worker Pathway to Practical Nursing
CODE
S119
SCHOOL
Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing
LOCATION
Waterfront Campus
DURATION
14 weeks (1 semester)
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CERTIFICATION
George Brown College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Personal Support Worker Pathway to Practical Nursing is a one-semester program that prepares Personal Support Worker (PSW) graduates for entry into the Practical Nursing (PN) program. Created and designed by the Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing faculty, this 224-hour program is a full-time program at 16 hours/week.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Personal Support Worker Pathway to Practical Nursing is a one-semester program that prepares Personal Support Worker (PSW) graduates for entry into the Practical Nursing (PN) program.

This program provides you with foundational knowledge of:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • mathematics
  • health and wellness
  • English language skills

Created and designed by the Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing faculty, this 224-hour program has a 14-week duration. Courses are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

View Program Descriptions by program.

Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Code Course Name
BIOL1046 Foundations in Human Biology for Health Sciences
COMM1006 Pathways English
GCSI1020 Health and Wellness
MATH1004 Mathematics
CHEM1046 Foundations in Chemistry for Health Sciences
NURS1098 The PN Role and Interprofessional Relationships

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

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. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$1,905.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance 

Students may qualify for financial assistance under the Ontario Special Bursary Program. Please contact our Financial Assistance Office for details, or visit georgebrown.ca/nursing

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and the selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Personal Support Worker (PSW) graduate (Ontario College Certificate from a College of Applied Art and Technology (CAAT) college), with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to start the S121 program in the semester immediately following completion of S119. S119 students completing in December, will start S121 in January. S119 students completing 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 and submission of health records. More information can be found on the S121 program page.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2367

Email: nursing@georgebrown.ca

Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.