So the wait is over.
Registration for the much-awaited Ontario Government-funded accelerated PSW program is now open!.
You can also refer to the Ontario Colleges website for any updates.
Please do note that the funds for taking this program will be directly disbursed to the College.
You will not be receiving any funds from the Government but will be paid for the placement portion of the program.
Mode of Delivery
All the colleges will be offering this program on a full-time basis.
The theory component of the program may be delivered in-class or online, depending upon the course structure and provincial guidelines around COVID-19.
Do note that labs and field placement will be in-person.
The start for this funded PSW program is being staggered over the months of April, May, and June.
The programs will begin on the following dates:
- April 05, 2021
- May 10, 2021, and
- June 14, 2021
Ensure that you check the start date of the program you’re applying to.
List of Colleges Offering the Tuition-Free PSW Program
Here is a list of all the Colleges that are offering the accelerated PSW programs:
(Please note that this list is constantly being updated as more information becomes available)
All accelerated PSW programs are offered on a full-time basis.
|College||Campus||April Start||May Start||June Start|
|Sault Ste. Marie||✔||✔|
Admission requirements may vary from one college to the other.
Apart from some specific requirements that a particular college may require, some of the common admission requirements for the accelerated PSW program are:
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status if you’re 19 years of age or older.
- English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent
- Mature student
Mature Student Status
Mature student status may apply to students who:
- Do not have a high school diploma or GED, or
- Are over the age of 19.
It is a special status granted to those who wish to pursue a college education but have not completed high school.
Your skills and past experience are taken into consideration.
If you have completed high school a long time ago, you’re considered a high school graduate.
In this case, you’ll not be considered a mature student.
If you are a mature student, you may have to go under some sort of admission testing conducted by the college where you have applied.
Field Placement Requirements
While the admission requirements may vary from one College to the other, field placements are almost the same across all Colleges.
Do note that some Colleges may require you to complete additional placement requirements.
You will not have to fulfill the following requirements prior to admission into the program however they are required prior to the start of your field placement:
- A recent police check, with vulnerable sector screening,
- Immunization record,
- First Aid and CPR (HCP-Healthcare Provider level), and
- Mask fit testing.
The tuition-free PSW program is for Canadian permanent residents and Canadian citizens only.
Some colleges, such as St. Lawrence College in Cornwall is offering admission to international students.
do note that international students will not receive any Government financial support associated with the program.
In addition, international students will not be paid for the field placement.
Some colleges, such as Centennial College, are accepting international students.
do note that for international students, the program cost will not be covered.
In addition, you will not be paid for the practicum part of the program.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $95.00 to apply through Ontario Colleges.
You can apply to 5 different or same programs at different start dates in one application.
There may be an additional $5 fee for requesting transcripts from other educational institutions and processing the request for a transcript.
Besides the application fee, there may be some additional cost to obtain certain documents required for the field placement such as the police clearance/vulnerable sector check.
If you have any questions about anything to do with applying to a particular college, it is best to get in touch with Ontario Colleges.
There are very easy to reach and very helpful.
Here is how you can contact them:
Monday to Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm ET
Live Chat Hours
Monday to Thursday
8:30 am – 7 pm ET
8:30 am – 4:30 pm ET
Toll-free in Canada: 1.888.892.2228
Click here to chat live with someone at Ontario Colleges.
Once you click on the above link, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the “Chat Now” button.
Your Admission Offer
All the applications are reviewed by the college where you have applied.
The college makes the final decision on admission.
Once the college has reviewed your application, you may either be:
- Granted admission,
- Waitlisted, or
- Declined admission.
The decision on your application will be posted to your account with the Ontario College application center under “offers” on the home screen.
Keep in mind to check your account regularly to see the status of your application.
Contacting the College
If you have any questions regarding the status of your application or you want to contact the college for any reason related to your admission, you can contact the admissions department of the college you have applied to.
Here is a list of contacts to the admission departments of all the colleges that offer the accelerated PSW training program.
|Algonquin||1 800 565 email@example.com|
|Collège Boréal||1 800 361 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cambrian||1 800 461 email@example.com|
|Centennial||1 800 268 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Conestoga||519 748 5220|
|Confederation||1 800 263 email@example.com|
|Durham||905 721 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fanshawe||519 452 email@example.com|
|Fleming||1 866 353 6464 |
|George Brown||416 415 5000|
|Georgian||705 722 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Humber||416 675 email@example.com|
|La Cité||1 800 267 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lambton||519 542 email@example.com|
|Loyalist||1 888 569 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mohawk||1 844 767 email@example.com|
|Niagara||905 735 2211 |
|Northern||705 235 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sault||1 800 461 email@example.com|
|Seneca||416 493 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sheridan||905 845 9430 |
|St. Clair||1 800 387 email@example.com|
|St. Lawrence||1 800 463 firstname.lastname@example.org|
How to Register/Apply for the Program
Applications for the accelerated PSW program at any of the Colleges will have to be completed through the Ontario Colleges Application Centre.
If you don’t have one, you will have to create an account on the Ontario Colleges website.
Once you have set up an account, you will be able to search for the accelerated PSW programs.
There will be many PSW courses listed on the Ontario Colleges website.
they may not qualify for Government funding.
When you search for the funded Government PSW program, make sure that you type the following in the program search bar:
You can then proceed to select the program you wish to apply to.
you can click on the link below to go to the list of fully funded PSW programs:
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