Personal Support Worker - Acute Care

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
MiramichiSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
Saint JohnSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
WoodstockSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
St. AndrewsSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
Fredericton September 2018 Cost Estimate
Saint JohnSeptember 2018 (combination of in-class and online) Cost Estimate

Program Overview

Personal Support Workers work in collaboration with members of healthcare teams. They offer compassionate and respectful care to clients, their families, and communities. A career in Personal Support Work provides opportunities in physical, mental, community or personal health services fields. You'll learn how to assist clients in functioning as independently as possible, while working safely with their dignity in mind. As our population continues to age, there will be a role for personal support worker graduates.


The requirements for this certificate - Personal Support Worker: Acute Care - may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

    Profile A

  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates can find themselves employed in hospitals, nursing homes, or with community agencies.

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    Specific Considerations

    This occupation requires a sincere desire to work with and help other people, sometimes under trying circumstances. Good health, physical fitness, and stamina are essential.

    The work schedule includes day, evening, and night shifts, as well as work on weekends and holidays.

    Students must possess observation skills, organizational aptitude, and flexibility in order to meet the challenge of providing long-term and/or acute care.

    Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities throughout the province may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical form, proof of valid CPR Level HCP with AED certification, and specific immunizations. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

    Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate. Additionally Nursing Homes will require verification of a Social Development (SD) check which is done to determine whether the applicant has any contraventions under the Family Services Act. Please note, when a student goes for a Nursing Home placement, the agency has the responsibility to send in the request for a SD check. 

    For each practicum, an agreement will be signed with the health care institution concerned, in accordance with College policy.

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    This course will introduce the sciences of anatomy and physiology of the body systems. The progression of study of the body systems is from simple to complex (e.g. chemical level to cellular level, tissue level to system level)

    This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

    Health care is one of the most important issues to Canadians. This course introduces students to the complexity of the Canadian health care system and examines the various factors that impact this system. It also examines the role of inter-professional collaboration in achieving positive outcomes.

    This course delivers an overview of factors that impact on an individual’s level of well being. It will provide the student with the information required to make positive choices and to appropriately direct others toward achieving a healthy lifestyle.

    This course provides the learner with information and the opportunity to explore support measures for those with mental health issues.

    This course provides students with the knowledge and concepts of beginning level health care skills enabling them to safely meet the basic activities of daily living.

    This course will provide students with the ability to apply the principles of basic nursing care in the clinical setting. They will be able to assist their clients with meeting their basic health care needs such as hygiene, nutrition and elimination.


    • NCSI1060E
    • ANAT1024
    • PERS1065
    • NCSI1073D
    • SECU1221E

    This course covers the normal aging process, and variations in wellness responses of the aging adult. The student will be able to adapt nursing care appropriately to the older adult in a variety of health care environments.


    • ANAT1024
    • NCSI1060E

    This course will enable the student to integrate and apply at a beginning level the theoretical nursing concepts and skills learned in the classroom and lab to the clinical setting. This experience will facilitate an awareness of the individual as a caring member of the health care team.


    • ANAT1024
    • NCSI1072
    • NCSI1060E

    In this course, students apply the advanced care skills of a personal support worker in a clinical environment.


    • NCSI1061F

    This course is designed to provide guided clinical experience to students in the Personal Support Worker program. During this experience, students will work under the guidance and supervision of a trained preceptor who will ensure the students' clinical competence in the specfic health care setting.

    This course introduces students to the core concepts required to provide nursing care to general medical or surgical patients/clients.  Students are introduced to the fundamental skills including how to conduct a basic assessment of the client's appearance, to apply simply dressings, bandages and binders, to provide basic care specific to surgical patients, and to perform basic specimen collection.


    • NCSI1060E

    This course introduces students to the study of diseases and disorders in the body. It explores a common systematic approach (step by step) for distinguishing between diseases and disorders and provides a fundamental framework which supports further studies in pathophysiology.


    • ANAT1024

    Participants are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    This course introduces effective body mechanics and safe transferring and positioning skills which assist to reduce the risk of personal musculo-skeletal injury.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    Using the correct medical terminology is essential in the health care field. In this course students will learn the basic language used in medicine.

    NOC Codes

    3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

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