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VNA Academy is registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Program Length

21 weeks’ program, 8 hours per day. 747 hours.
40 hours per week; Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm (in class)
This is an Instructor lead program

Please note:

Total hours may be affected due to Statutory Holidays that fall within the course schedule.
Practicum hours are 40 hours per week Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Practicum placement 6 to 3 or 7 to 4. Placement can be up to a 50 to 75Km radius from the campus location


Program Outline

  • PSW Foundations
  • Safety and Mobility
  • Body Systems
  • Assisting with Personal Hygiene
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Household Management, Nutrition, and Hydration
  • Care Planning, Restorative Care, Documentation, Working in the Community
  • Assisting the Family, Growth, and Development
  • Assisting the Dying Person
  • Assisting with Medications
  • Cognitive and Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
  • Health Conditions



Food Safety – Food Handler

Gentle Persuasive Approach

Admission Requirements

  • Secondary School Diploma (OSSD or equivalent) OR
  • Be at least 18 years of age (or age specified in program approval) and pass Wonderlic Test
  • Signed Vulnerable Sector Disclaimer
  • Signed Medical Disclaimer
  • NACC Technical Literacy Exam (passing score of 18), OR
  • IELTS – Int’l English Language Testing Services – Minimum score of 6.0 with no subject test score lower than 5.5; OR
  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (IBT) – Over 80 with the minimum of each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

Other Requirements

  • Level C Basic Rescuer and Standard First Aid PRIOR TO commencing ANY placement hours.
  • Submit a completed Vulnerable Sector Disclaimer document signed that includes a criminal background within 45 days of the commencement of study.
  • Submit a complete Medical Report, within 45 days of commencement of study.

Please note you will need a copy of your COVID Vaccines plus the booster. You will also need your flu shot if attending placement during the fall and winter months. 

Certificate Program

VNA Academy Certificate and applicable industry Certification

Accreditation policy: Like all post-secondary institutions in Ontario, VNA Academy reserves the right to accept or deny advanced standing into its programs. Note: In order to continuously improve our programs, VNA Academy reserves the right to modify programs at any time. Program delivery orders may vary depending on the program start date.

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