The Living Classroom – Personal Support Worker

The Living Classroom Personal Support Worker program is a unique opportunity to develop the skills needed for this in-demand field. Students learn in the immersive environment of the Extendicare long-term care (LTC) homes in Timmins and Kirkland Lake alongside residents, family and staff.

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In just over 6 months, you will learn the fundamentals of true person-centred, emotion-based care right in your community. With exposure to a variety of mentors and role models, you will gain a deep understanding of the services involved in caring for older adults and their families.

Now accepting applications for September 2024!


Apply online today to unlock your future in healthcare.

Looking for more information? Find details about this exciting, hands-on program below, including government incentives for those who qualify.

Program Details

The Living Classroom at Medix College represents a progressive partnership between Medix College and Extendicare’s long-term care homes in Kirkland Lake and Timmins, to deliver Personal Support Worker (PSW) training in Northern Ontario. This program transcends traditional classroom learning by immersing students in a dynamic ‘living classroom’ environment.

Through collaboration, the Living Classroom integrates Medix College’s 27-week PSW Online program with hands-on experiential learning opportunities at Extendicare long-term care homes in Timmins and Kirkland Lake. Here, you not only learn theory but also gain invaluable experience, providing compassionate care to residents under the guidance of experienced professionals.

At the Timmins and Kirkland Lake Extendicare campuses, students benefit from the best of both worlds: practical, real-world experience combined with the flexibility demanded by modern learners that online learning provides. With a curriculum designed to meet industry standards and exceed expectations, graduates emerge as skilled and confident healthcare professionals ready to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Program Structure:

Online Live Videoconference and/or Onsite Sessions

    • Weekly regularly scheduled, interactive instructor-led classes that include bi-weekly opportunities to learn onsite in the Living Classroom at the Extendicare Kirkland Lake or Extendicare Timmins long-term care home locations.

Online Flexible Learning Activities 

    • Independent online activities, including videos, readings, quizzes, and projects, accessed anytime via the college’s online learning system.

In-Person Bootcamp

    • A 4 Day, in-person bootcamp designed to build on the theory by simulating real world experiences in a practical lab setting in preparation for a career. Held at the Extendicare Kirkland Lake or Extendicare Timmins location.


    • Placement at Extendicare Kirkland Lake or Timmins to bridge classroom learning and work environment.
    • Learners engage in various activities to demonstrate and track their competencies as future PSWs.

What does the Living Classroom PSW Certificate Cover?

The Personal Support Worker certificate teaches you how to effectively provide care and assistance to clients and their families in order to live fulfilling lives. As a student of the Personal Support Worker certificate program, you will develop a broad range of abilities emphasizing value, sensitivity and respect for the individuality of each client, including:

  • Personal Support Worker Foundations
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Nutrition
  • Care Planning, Restorative Care & Documentation
  • Working in the Community
  • Growth and Development
  • Cognitive Impairment, Mental Health Issues & Brain Injuries
  • Health Conditions
  • Body Systems
  • And more!


The Living Classroom Difference!

Learning in a Living Classroom not only allows for more intimate care but also fosters a sense of community where residents, students, and staff work together for everyone’s wellbeing. One of the greatest benefits is being able to apply theory immediately and see the impact you’re having on patients firsthand.

Community-Centered Learning

  • Study, work, and live within your own community.
  • Build strong local connections and support networks while pursuing your education.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

  • Be exposed to fulfilling career paths in personal support work and long-term care homes.
  • Learn from industry professionals and explore diverse roles in a growing field.

Hands-On Experience

  • Engage in experiential learning with residents, their families, and our dedicated team members.
  • Develop practical skills through real-world scenarios, preparing you for a successful career in senior care.

Admissions Requirements

For admissions to Medix College, domestic students must:

  • Interview with an admissions advisor
  • Provide proof of Gr. 12 OSSD or Mature Student Status
  • Complete an application for admission
  • Take an entrance evaluation

Start your application today!

Personal Support Worker students at Medix College

Career Options

The Living Classroom at Medix College’s Extendicare campuses empowers you with the tools and knowledge to begin a career as a Personal Support Worker right in your community and beyond. This program offers the potential for future career opportunities in the long-term care homes you’re learning in. 

You will gain the practical skills, hands-on experience, and professional competence needed to make a positive impact on the lives of others while fulfilling your healthcare career aspirations.

Our Graduates Have Been Hired At

  • Long-term care homes
  • Hospitals and Acute Care facilities
  • Rehab centres
  • Hospice Providers
  • Retirement Homes

Download Course Outline

Begin your educational journey with Medix College by exploring our comprehensive Personal Support Worker program.

Download the course outline to discover detailed course content and curriculum information.

Program Costs

Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify. To find out what you’re eligible for, complete the form above to connect with our amazing admissions team to review your options! 

Total Program Fees

Admissions Registration Fee: $25 *
Tuition: $5,880.00
Lab Fees: $525.00
Books: $195.00
Uniform: $90.00

Total: $6,690.00

*Applied to tuition upon enrollment.

The Government of Ontario is currently offering commitment incentives for new graduates, with the potential to earn even more for northern locations!






Source: Job Bank

*Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Average wage represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local income may vary.

Extendicare is a leading provider of care and services for seniors across Canada. For more than 50 years, Extendicare has continued to be at the forefront of seniors’ care with qualified team members who have deep clinical and operations experience. With a network of 123 long-term care homes (52 owned/71 under management contracts), Extendicare proudly employs approximately 22,000 highly trained and dedicated team members who are passionate about providing high-quality care and services to help people live better.  

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