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FAQ on our Health Career Training Programs

Who is Saint Elizabeth Health Career College?
Saint Elizabeth Health Career Colleges are a national network of non-for-profit  regulated private schools operated by Saint Elizabeth, one of the largest health care providers in Canada. Saint Elizabeth has been delivering quality service for more than 100 years. The colleges create exciting new opportunities for Saint Elizabeth to support people and neighbourhoods, not only from a health and wellness prospective, but also in terms of jobs and the economy. Also, as an employer, we know firsthand the skills that are required to thrive in this growing field.

Is Saint Elizabeth Health Career College associated with any religious groups or have religious ties?
No, SEHCC is not associated with any religious groups no does SEHCC have any religious ties. Saint Elizabeth Health Care/Career College is named after St. Elizabeth of Hungary, an aristocrat in the 13th century who dedicated her life to helping the poor and sick over the objections of her family. Click here to watch a short video!

I don't have my high school diploma or GED - can I still take this course?
Saint Elizabeth Health Career College understands that everyone needs access to education and learning. If students qualify for mature student status (19 years of age, and have not been enrolled in an educational program or school for a minimum of one (1) year), then they can apply to our program without having a high school diploma, OSSD, or GED. The student must pass a qualifying test in order to be accepted into the program, with 2 attempts provided at no extra cost.

We utilize the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE). It is a 50 question exam that covers English and Math questions. Students are provided with 12 minutes to answer as many questions as possible. If they have difficulty with a question it can be skipped. The passing grade is 11. If they attempt twice and are unsuccessful, they must complete some GED programming to demonstrate attempts to increase their knowledge before attempting the SLE again. Students planning on attempting the SLE can access free and/or paid practice exams at https://www.testprep-online.com/wonderlic_sle.aspx.

What are the first steps?
The first step is the contact an admissions representative by calling 1-855-447-3422 or emailing sehcareercollege@saintelizabeth.com to arrange a campus tour and program information session. At the campus, the admissions representative can answer any questions or concerns you may have in a face-to-face meeting. The purpose of meeting with an admissions representative is to ensure you receive all the information necessary to make an educated decision on what program and school is best suited for you. Your admissions representative is there to help you achieve all your educational and career goals!

What are the admission requirements for the Personal Support Worker Diploma Program?
To be granted admission into the Personal Support Worker (PSW) Diploma Program at Saint Elizabeth Health Career College, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or a General Educational Development (GED) Certificate
  2. Mature student status: the potential student must be 19 years of age or older and our of school for a minimum of one year and need to pass a qualifying test
  3. Foreign student: all foreign credentials must be translated into English and be equivalent to grade 12 level in Canada. An assessment of the student's foreign credentials Canadian equivalency may need to be completed, at the cost of the student. All students with foreign credentials must provide proper documentation showing Canadian Citizenship and/or Permanent Residency.
  4. All potential students must pass a literacy test prior to admission into the program. If unsuccessful, a potential student must complete GED courses until he/she can pass the test. The passing score must be equivalent to grade 12 level. The literacy test will test student's ability to read and comprehend textbooks and other material as part of the program, understand and participate in the classroom (lecture, class presentations, discussions, etc.), write class assignments and tests, and understand and participate effectively at clinical placement sites. This includes students with:
    1. Grade 12 high school diploma from a Canadian high school
    2. Grade 12 equivalency
    3. Mature students
    4. Foregin credentials
  5. Fitness to complete all components of the program - a medical certificate, completed by a licensed physician, who states that the applicant is in good physical and mental health and free from communicable diseases (including proof of negative TB and up to date immunizations). A student admitted to the program without having received evidence of suitable medical health is admitted on the condition that they will submit evidence of suitable medical health form within 30 days of the program starting.
  6. Immunization or Hepatitis B is recommended: The student should be made aware that he/she may not be able to complete the clinical portion unless immunization for Hepatitis B is documented.
  7. RCMP National Repository Vulnerable Sector Screen - students who start program without having received the final police report may submit proff (payment receipt) of having requested the criminal reference check within 30 days of the program start.
  8. Enjoy working with individuals and families from all cultural backgrounds.
*Admission requirements cannot be waived by either the student or Saint Elizabeth Health Career College

What are the components of the program I will have to complete to graduate?
Our accredited PSW curriculum was developed by the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) and runs 30 weeks in length. The program is structured in two components: Classroom/lab and clinical practicum placement. Each student must pass the classroom portion in order to move on to the practicum portion. Classroom times are 9:00am - 2:00pm , Monday through Friday. While completing the classroom/lab component, students will complete 12 modules. The topics covered include:
  1. PSW Foundations
  2. Safety and Mobility
  3. Body Systems
  4. Assisting with Personal Hygiene
  5. Abuse and Neglect
  6. Household Management, Nutrition, Hydration
  7. Care Planning, Restorative Care, Documentation & Working in the Community
  8. Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
  9. Assisting the Dying Person
  10. Assisting with Medications
  11. Cognitive and Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
  12. Health Conditions
Content will be delivered utilizing a combination of the following modalities not limited to this list:
  • Lectures
  • Group discussions
  • Guest speakers
  • Videos
  • Independent reading and research
  • Simulation
Practicum placement times may vary depending on the setting the student is working in and the staff member who is precepting them. The student is required to complete 30 hours a week total while in practicum placement. Students may be assigned to work day shift or evening shifts.

Community placement is with Saint Elizabeth and can occur anywhere within Saint Elizabeth's catchment area. Students will have the opportunity to request placement in a certain geographical area based on their postal code, and Saint Elizabeth will try to accommodate these requests whenever possible, but is not a guarantee. Hours will vary dependig on the preceptor's schedule. Students should be aware that they may be required to work morning, afternoon, evening, weekend, holiday or split-shifts during community practicum. No overnight shifts are premitted for students.

Upon completion of the practicum placements, students will write the final NACC exam, to be completed at the Saint Elizabeth Health Career College campus.

What employment opportunities are available for PSWs in Ontario?
As our population ages, employment opportunities for PSWs will continue to grow and expand. PSWs in Ontario have a variety of care settings available as employment options, as well as options for full time, part-time or casual positions. Shift work is flexible and can be scheduled during the weekday, evenings, nights or weekends, so that the job supports their lifestyle and scheduling needs. In Ontario, PSWs are most likely found to be working in the community and home care settings, as well as long-term care facilities. PSWs offer support to people through-out the life span, but with a definite focus on care of the elderly and end of life care. However, there are also employment opportunities becoming available in acute care settings, such as hospitals, rehab centers, mental health facilities and group homes. All Saint Elizabeth Health Career College graudates are guaranteed a job interview with Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

Does a guaranteed job interview mean I will definitely get a job with Saint Elizabeth Health Care when I graduate from my program?
Our job interview guarantee means we will provide all students who successfully complete this program and graduate with an opportunity for a job interview at Saint Elizabeth Health Care. This is not an employment guarantee. However, many of our graduates do successfully obtain employment with Saint Elizabeth Health Care. Think of this interview as good experience as well when interviewng for other potential job opportunities.

Every student is offered a guaranteed job interview with Saint Elizabeth Health Care after graduation. Do I have to take this job interview? When I graduate, do I have to works as a PSW for Saint Elizabeth Health Care or can I work for other organizations?
We do offer our students the option to a guaranteed employment interview with Saint Elizabeth Health Care. Although we encourage our students to partake in this interview to practice good interviewing skills, it is not mandatory. We also encourage our students to look at all employment opportunities available through other companies/agencies. Graduates of SEHCC have the ability to practice in a variety of settings, including long-term care homes, retirement communities and homes, community care and hospitals. Visit our employment page to view job postings outside of Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

What are the starting wages a graduate can expect?
PSW wages vary depending on the type of work setting (publicly funded versus private; lond-term care versus community care, etc.), as well as past work experience. Starting wages for PSWs in Ontario are currently approximately $13.00 - $15.00/hour, with the median wage being approximately $14.00 - $15.00/hour and a high wage being approximately $20.00+/hour. However, the Ontario Liberal Government has committed to investing in PSWs working in publicly funded community and home care settings over the next three (3) years by retroactively increasing their starting wage by $1.50/hour on April 1, 2014, and planning increase to $15.00/hour by April 1, 2015, and to $16.50/hour by 2016.

Will I be qualified to work in other Canadian Provinces or Territories?
Our accredited curriculum was developed by the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC). The NACC PSW program is currently being offered in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. While the name for the unregulated health care worker changes provincially/territorially, the NACC PSW program has common core standards that can be applied in each province or territory. If a student is considering obtaining education in Ontario and practicing in another Canadian province or territory, it is recommended that the student contact the appropriate provincial legislative authority to inquire about transference of credentials and any additional educational components that may be required.

Do I need a vehicle to take this program?
A vehicle is not mandatory to enroll in the PSW program. However, students are expected to coordinate their own travel to and from the college during the theory/lab portion of the curriculum, and to practicum placements, both in long-term care and in the community setting. PSW students completing their practicum in the community setting will often require travel between clients; therefore, a vehicle may prove useful in this circumstance to reach clients in a timely manner. Taxi service may be utilized as well, but the student should be prepared to cover this cost. They can also speak with their preceptor about meeting before their shift and driving with the preceptor between community clients.

What are the costs of books and supplies?
All text books, printed materials, uniforms (3 pairs), CPR Level -C/AED/Standard First Aid Training, costs associated with field trips, a free Samsung Galaxy Tablet, cost of the final exam and access to an online student portal with additional professional development courses (such as WHMIS, Palliative Care for the PSW, Diabetic Care for the PSW) are all included in your program tuition fee. There is ample free parking located at each Ontario campus.

What other expenses will I incur while I am taking this program?
SEHCC has made sure to include as much as possible in our tuition fees so that students are not met with unexpected expenses. Students will be expected to travel to practicum training sites early in the morning and in the evenings. If public transportation is not available during these times, it may be necessary to travel to and from by taxi or incur expenses related to use of a vehicle (gas, parking). If students do not already own a pair of shoes suitable for practicum training (closed toes and heel, rubber-soled, one colour), they will need to purchase prior to placement commencement. Students may also need to have their uniforms altered to provide a comfortable and safe fit, such as having pants that are too long hemmed to prevent tripping.

Students will need to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Screen from the RCMP National Repository. This can be done at your local police station. There is a cost associated with this and can take 3-6 weeks on average to receive the results.

Students who do not have a family doctor may be required to pay a fee for completion of their medical form required for admission, and to receive or update immunizations/TB tests at a walk-in clinic. These costs are set by each clinic and the student should contact clinics in their area to learn about costs.

What payment options do you offer? Is there a payment plan option?
We offer a variety of payment options including a monthly payment plan. Students are encouraged to speak with an Admissions Representative to explore payment options that will suit their individual needs. As part of a not-for-profit organization, our goal is to help create opportunity for those seeking education opportunities. SEHCC accepts tuition payments by pre-authorized credit care or bank account withdrawals. Students will be required to complete a pre-authorized debit form for bank account debits and provide a void cheque at the time of enrollment. For pre-authorized credit card payments, the card information will be shard with SE staff at the time of enrollment.

I am already certified in CPR and standard first aid. Can I get a tuition discount?
If a student has been previously certified in Standard First Aid, AED, and CPR Level-C within six (6) months prior to the program start date, they do not need to participate in the training offered by SEHCC and will be offered free time while this training takes place. However, it may be useful as a refresher and offer the student a longer period of time before renewal is necessary. The hours spent to obtain this certification are in addition to the required hours of attendance in the program and do not need to be made up. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer a deduction on tuition costs for those already certified prior to program commencement.

Why do I need immunizations to complete the PSW program?
There is no immunization that is mandatory to be accepted into the program. However, there are several reasons why it is best practice for health care providers and health care students to be up to date on immunizations. Students of the PSW program will be working in long-term care facilities and in client homes in the community with frail, sick and often contagious individuals. Immunizations protect the student from catching communicable diseases they may come into contact with, such as influenze, measles and Hepatitis. If the student is protected by immunization, it also limits the spread of these communicable diseases to clients who may have a compromised immune system due to illness or disease pathology, and to the students own friends and family members. If a student does contract a communicable disease, such as influenza, this may mean the student cannot complete their practicum placement due to being ill. This may delay the student's ability to complete the program.

In addition, most practicum placement host sites require their staff and students to have immunizations to protect their clients and other staff memebers. If a student does not have the immunizations the host site requires, they will not be able to complete the practicum placement. If there is an outbreak of a communicable diease during the student's placement, such as influenza, and the student is not immunized, they will not be permitted to attend the placement site due to host site policy.

What if I have an allergy to an immunization and can't receive it?
If a student has a diagnosed allergy to a component of an immunization, a doctor's note must be received stating this and placed in the student's file, at the cost of the student.

What if I have a learning disability?
SEHCC attempts to accommodate all students with a diagnosed learning disability. The student is required to submit documentation from a secondary school Individual Learning Plan assessment or medical assessment by an MD or psychiatrist, with specific learning aides and/or strategies identified.

If the student is suggested to use a recording device, all students in the classroom must be made aware when it is being utilized and the policy for personal recording devices must be adhered to at all times.

If I take a Personal Support Worker Program, will I be granted a credit toward further studies (RPN or RN)?
Currently, students will not receive an academic credit recognized by the public college and university system. However, students will have gained valuable education that will make the process of RPN or RN studies much easier and will have obtained a credential that will allow them to be working in the health field while pursuing additional health-related studies.