The one-semester Personal Support Worker Pathway to Practical Nursing program 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 252-hour program is offered full-time at approximately 18 hours per week.

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Overview

Program name
Personal Support Worker Pathway to Practical Nursing
Code
S119
Duration
14 weeks (1 semester)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
George Brown College Certificate
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full 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 is designed to strengthen the core academic skills required of a practical nurse and focuses on:

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

Created and designed by the Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing faculty, this 252-hour program is 14 weeks long. Classes are held at the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences located at the Waterfront Campus, and are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Please note: There is no clinical placement component to this program.

Part Time Study Options

This program does not offer a part-time study option.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Perform at a level which will satisfy the entrance requirements of a post-secondary health sciences program whose direct entrants must have a minimum qualification of OSSD including biology and other science credits, as required.
  2. Relate to persons in an educational institution and a health care agency through an understanding of basic social sciences and human relations.

Required Courses

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BIOL1046Foundations in Human Biology
COMM1160Critical Thinking in Practice
GCSI1020Health and Wellness
MATH1004Mathematics
CHEM1046Foundations in Chemistry for Health Sciences
NURS 1098The PN Role and Interprofessional Relationships

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

This program prepares PSW students for further study in the Practical Nursing program by enhancing core knowledge in sciences, math, humanities, communications and English.

Future Study Options

Graduates of this program who fulfill all course requirements and achieve a program grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher may be eligible for the Practical Nursing (S121) full-time program at George Brown College.

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 checks and submission of health records. More information can be found on the Practical Nursing (S121) program page.

Tuition

$2,153.00 *

Additional Cost

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

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

Admission Requirements

APPLICANTS TO THIS PROGRAM MUST HAVE COMPLETED AN ONTARIO PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER CERTIFICATE.

Specific requirements are as follows:

  • Ontario Personal Support Worker (PSW) graduate (Ontario College Certificate from a College of Applied Art and Technology [CAAT] college), OR from an accredited Private Career College or Institution from 2014 onwards
  • Minimum program grade point average of 3.0 (in PSW)
  • Grade 12 English C or U with a minimum grade of 65%
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 Math (C or U) with a minimum grade of 65%

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note: 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 and submission of health records. More information can be found on the S121 program page.

This program is open to domestic applicants only.

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Contact Us

Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2367

Email: nursing@georgebrown.ca

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

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