6 Months
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Certificate

Seneca is delivering this program online with some on-campus learning activities. Students with on-campus activities will receive information about course scheduling and preparing to come to campus. Learn more about technical requirements for online learning.

About the Program

The Ontario government is investing funds that will increase personal support worker training to fill high demand jobs in Ontario's health-care sector. 

This new accelerated Personal Support Worker (PSW) program includes no tuition fee and will prepare you to enter the workforce as a PSW in just six months. You will graduate into a sector where your skills are in demand across various health, long-term care and private settings. You will be ready to provide much-needed care and assistance to clients of all ages that helps them live dignified, fulfilling lives.

The curriculum will follow a hybrid model with the majority of learning online. You will be provided with volunteer opportunities early in the program and participate in a paid work placement.

The tuition fees and learning expenses for this program are being covered by the Ontario government. Applications are open to domestic students only.

Applicants can choose from three start dates: April 5, May 10 or June 14:

PSW-Accelerated Cohort Program Start Date Placement Start Date
PSWA April 5, 2021 Week of June 28, 2021
PSWM May 10, 2021 Week of Aug. 3, 2021
PSWJ June 14, 2021 Week of Sept. 7, 2021

Work Experience

During the course of this program, you will receive first-hand experience in the field through volunteer opportunities and a paid work placement.

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • in-home care
  • retirement homes
  • long-term care facilities
  • hospitals



Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • personal care and hygiene assistance
  • household and family management
  • meal preparation
  • medical assistance
  • palliative and restorative activities