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Personal Support Worker - Acute Care
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Personal Support Worker - Acute Care

Personal Support Worker - Acute Care
Campus(es): NBCC Fredericton Campus
Beginning in September 2011

NBCC Miramichi Campus
Beginning in September 2011

NBCC Moncton Campus
Starting in September 2011 and in Elsipogtog(starting in September 2011/Reserved for Aboriginal applicants only)

NBCC Saint John Campus
Available as an on-line program beginning September 2011 and In class in September 2011

NBCC St. Andrews Campus
Beginning in September 2011

NBCC Woodstock Campus
Beginning in September 2011

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

You can make a difference by being empathetic to people in need. Get the tools to provide care and support to clients and their families with our Personal Support Worker: Acute Care program. Become an important part of an individual’s health care team through in-class learning and hands-on practicums that teach you to provide acute care services. Whether you provide care in physical, mental, community or personal health services, you’ll respect and recognize each patient’s dignity, giving them the quality of care that both they and their families require. Our program teaches you to assist patients in functioning as independently as possible, while working safely in the spirit of compassion.

Admission Requirements Profile A
  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
Career Possibilities

Practical experience is essential for the Personal Support Worker: Acute Care program. Upon completion, you will have gained ten weeks of clinical practicums. Graduates can find themselves employed in hospitals, nursing homes, or with long-term care agencies.

NOC Codes

6471 - Visiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations

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. You must possess observation skills, organizational aptitude and flexibility in order to meet the challenge of providing long-term and/or acute care. You will be asked to submit proof of a satisfactory physical examination and immunization prior to commencement of training, by following the instructions on the standardized New Brunswick Community College Medical form. In addition, various health facilities throughout the province may require the completion of their medical form before clinical practicum can occur. Any associated costs are your own expense. Employers may require that prospective employees undergo a criminal record check through the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). Several courses associated with this program may be transferable to the Practical Nurse program.

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