Applications open for new accelerated PSW program at Georgian

Ford government is spending $115 million to train up to 8,200 new PSWs

Interested applicants can now apply for the new accelerated personal support worker (PSW) program at Georgian College. The program, recently announced by the provincial government, will provide funding to cover tuition and compulsory ancillary fees.

It’s a six-month program that begins in April.

The accelerated program allows students to fulfil program requirements quickly by increasing the number of study hours per week.

“We’ll have 148 seats available, which will be delivered at most Georgian campuses with intakes in April and May,” said Sheila West, Dean, Health, Wellness and Sciences, Georgian College. “The accelerated program greatly expands the opportunities to train as a PSW at Georgian. It will also help us attract local students who want to pursue a career in health care and help to meet the demand for more personal support workers in our communities.”

The accelerated PSW program will be delivered at the Barrie, Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge), Orangeville, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood) campuses. It’s a limited, one-time offer available during April and May 2021 only. Offers will be granted to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately– especially for the intake starting April 5.

The campus locations and intake dates are:

  • April 5 for Barrie, Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge) and Orangeville
  • May 10 for Barrie, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood)

“At our Midland Campus, we’re converting a classroom into a temporary lab by adding four hospital beds and borrowing some equipment from the PSW lab in Barrie until the April cohort is complete,” added West.

“PSWs are an integral part of the health care team and the backbone of care in Ontario,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College. “The pandemic has proven there simply aren’t enough of them. At Georgian, we’re prepared to partner with the government and our local health providers to deliver quality training through an in-depth, hands-on accelerated format to get PSW professionals in our long-term care and acute care facilities at this crucial time.”

The Ontario government announced last month it was investing $115 million to train up to 8,200 new PSWs. The program is being offered at all 24 of Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges.

Applications will be accepted through ontariocolleges.ca/psw beginning March 8. More information can be found at GeorgianCollege.ca/psw.