DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICE WORKER DIPLOMA PROGRAM

developmental service worker with a youth

PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Developmental Service Worker program at Medix College provides technical training for individuals looking for a rewarding career working with children, youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. Students will learn to give clients support and offer encouragement while promoting their mental, emotional and physical health.

EMPLOYMENT TYPES

What career opportunities are available to graduates from the Developmental Service Worker program?


Development assistant

Classroom assistants

Family support worker

Special needs worker

Integration facilitator

Counsellors

Community support workers

MEDIX STUDENT REVIEW - TIFFANY


My name is Tiffany G, I am studying developmental service worker at Medix

I am taking that course because I feel very passionate about people who have developed mental disabilities

Before I came to Medix I was on long term disability for an injury and I wasn’t really doing much with my life and I wanted to do something different

I chose Medix because I had several friends who came to Medix, who recommended it, who thought it would be a perfect match for me

When it comes to the externship, I felt that everything I learned in the program as a DSW has really helped me in the field, a lot for the things that I learned in the course really applied to what I was doing on my externship

It was a very good head start into getting a career, I felt more comfortable with the people who have disabilities

What I enjoy most about the campus is definitely the friendly atmosphere, people coming in and out of the classroom really changes the environment every time it happens

I enjoy how close the community is, how everyone works together

I believe it is because we all come from different backgrounds, we are all learning to do the same thing, we all have similar goals, we want our education and it is very easy to support each other through that

What I like best about my instructors is they are very motivating to achieve your goals, they are very involved, they’re someone who you can come to, talk to and they are there every step of the way when it comes to getting your education

In five years I see myself having a career where I see myself helping people who have developmental disabilities

If you are undecided about coming to Medix I would talk to one of the administrator people, come take a tour of the school and I would tell them my experience has been absolutely phenomenal here and I would definitely recommend they come.

EMPLOYMENT LOCATIONS

Where do graduates of the Developmental Service Worker program work?


Community facilities

Public and private schools

Residential facilities

Private homes

Educational facilities

Recreational facilities

COMMON JOB TASKS

What are common job tasks for individuals working in the Developmental Services field?


Assisting individuals with physical disabilities.

Promoting life skills such as personal care, housekeeping, social skills, parenting skills and job placement skills.

Intervening in crisis situations and resolving issues.

Administers medication to individuals according to patient orders.

MEDIX ADVANTAGE

Why choose the Developmental Service Worker Program at Medix College?

Practical skill-building and a practicum component are used to give students a well-rounded understanding of the role of the Developmental Service Worker. During the course of this program, students will learn all of the skills and be trained in all the procedures that will be required of them in their new careers.

Medix College also provides an employment advantage as we have established relationships with many employers in the field. As a result, employers in the field contact us before posting jobs to the general public giving current students and graduates of the program an advantage in the hiring process.

FINANCIAL OPTIONS

Students looking to start training in this program have a number of options to finance their education. By exploring these options, students will be able to gain financial assistance and support as they are training for a career. Some financing options available to students include:


Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) (if Applicable)

Ontario Second Career

Out of Province Options

Student Lines of Credit

Lifelone Learning Plan

RESP

Employment Ontario

Monthly Payment Plan

 Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. Please contact us for more details regarding Financial Assistance.




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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Gr.12 OSSD/High School Graduate or Mature Student Status (18 Ontario, 19 out of province)

Successful completion of entrance evaluation

Admissions interview

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

The admissions process for this program is a four part process:

Initial Contact

Contact an admissions representative to schedule an appointment. The admissions representative will be able to answer any questions that you might have regarding the program or general questions about Medix College.

Confidential Interview

An interview will be completed in order to determine if students have the right attitude to be successful in the program.

Business Affairs Assessment

The business affairs assessment is an appointment to determine if students are eligible for one of the many financial aid options.

Enrollment

After the financial plan is in place, enrollment is official and students will be able to start classes in order to train for an exciting new career.