Personal Support Worker: Diploma Coursework Description

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Those who have a desire to help other people who are sick or disabled should consider earning a Personal Support Worker Diploma. Coursework may include personal healthcare, elderly care, patient relations, institutional medicine, psychology and physical therapy. If this interests you then please read on.
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Why Earn a Diploma as a Personal Support Worker?

If you have an interest in working with patients or individuals in the community with their daily activities, personal care, housework and/or medications than this degree will teach you the necessary skills.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook for a Personal Support Worker

The job outlook for personal support workers is excellent. This is due mainly to the fact that the population is getting older and will need more assistance in the years to come.

Salary Information for a Personal Support Worker

Salary.com, www.salary.com, has salary calculators that can provide career and salary information at local and national levels for a variety of careers. The reports they have made available state that a nursing home assistant can earn between $19,990 and $25,550. Long-term care nursing assistants can earn between $18,345 and $29,357. As a student advances or earns higher degrees the salary can go up and an example of that would be a position of clinical nurse specialist who can earn between $46,781 and $81,467.

Degree Specifics

Coursework for a Personal Support Worker Diploma

To earn this degree a student will need to take classes that will teach them how to care for those who cannot care for themselves. This takes medical knowledge, patience and people skills. Courses may include the following:

  • Patient Care
  • Elderly Care
  • Home HealthCare
  • Personal HealthCare
  • Physical Therapy
  • Patient Psychology
  • Institutional Medicine
  • Long Term Care
  • Mental Health Care
  • Family Support
  • Patient Nutrition

Skills Learned with a Personal Support Worker Diploma

Graduates from this degree program are prepared to work in a hospital, hospice or a client's home. Skills that a graduate of this program may have acquired include:

  • Elderly Care Skills
  • Home Care Skills
  • Physical Therapy Skills
  • Family Care Skills
  • General Patient Care Skills
  • Patient Psychology
  • Mental Health Abilities

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Kaplan University

  • MS in Nursing
  • Master of Healthcare Admin
  • Bachelor: Health Science
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)

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Virginia College

  • Associate: Medical Assistant
  • Diploma Program - Pharmacy Technician

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Northcentral University

  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

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Brightwood College

  • Medical Assistant - AS
  • Medical Assistant - Certificate
  • Medical Assistant - Diploma

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology

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Regent University

  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

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University of the Southwest

  • MBA Healthcare Administration

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Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

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