Personal Support Worker - Acute Care

CampusStart Date
MiramichiSeptember 2018
MonctonSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2018 (combination of inclass and online)
St. AndrewsSeptember 2018
WoodstockSeptember 2018
Fredericton September 2018

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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    NOC Codes

    3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

    Additional Statements
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    Work in an environment where...

    What you will learn

    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Medical Terminology
    • Mental Health
    • Health Care in Canada
    • Healthy Living
    • Nursing Concepts and Skills
    • Elderly Care
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Clinical Practicums

    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.

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