St. Louis provides the opportunity for you to apply your learning, by arranging a blend of Long-Term Care facility and community agency placement experiences. St. Louis teaching staff work closely with a team of students and proctors at each site to ensure that techniques, and approaches to care are carried out in accordance with all of the professional standards expected of a PSW. Total hours of clinical experience is 315 hours (180 in long-term care + 135 in community settings), spread out over 2 blocks of 5 weeks each. Length of each shift is predetermined. Note there will be some very early morning or late afternoon shifts.
All professional expectations around attire, identification, professional conduct, attendance and who you report to etc. are all clearly explained during class, prior to placement and during placement. St. Louis takes tremendous pride in the reputation and integrity of the St. Louis PSW program and as a PSW student, you will learn that these expectations during the program carry forward into the profession.