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Personal Support Worker

Aid the senior population through an education that will help you get a fulfilling career.

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Type

Diploma

Duration

35 Weeks

Internship

Available

Program Outline

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About The Course

The Personal Support Worker program provides the opportunity for students to pursue a 9-week field placement for hands-on experience.

Career Opportunities

As a Personal Support Worker graduate, you will qualify for positions such as Home Care Agencies, Nursing Homes, Private Residences and Hospitals.

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • Ridgewood Addiction Services 
  • Forest Dale Nursing Home 
  • York Care Centre 
  • Pine Grove Nursing Home
  • Eden Special Care Home 
  • Alleira Living

Salary

100 %

Employment Rate*

$ 18

Average Wage/hr**

$ 26

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 4412, 3413 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on New Brunswick data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

Course Details

The need for home support workers and personal care attendants is increasing as our population ages. A role in this rewarding field will see you providing support to clients and their families that need assistance; whether elderly, disabled, or recovering from a serious illness or injury.

As a Personal Support Worker, your job will be to assist individuals with their daily routines, including preparing meals and feeding, maintaining personal hygiene, running errands, monitoring medication and recovery, and informal counselling support. Studying to become a Personal Support Worker at Eastern College will provide you with the skills required to meet provincial standards, to help you find a job in your chosen field that much quicker.

Students enrolled in this program receive: 

  • WHMIS awareness certificate; 
  • First Aid with Heartstart; 
  • National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) curriculum. 
Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Acute Care for Personal Support Worker
This provides you with the additional knowledge and skills you need to support clients in the acute care hospital setting. You will learn to assist the health care team with measuring height, weight and vital signs, heat and cold applications, meeting client oxygen needs, physical examinations, peri-operative care, medications and enteral nutrition, IV therapy. You will also learn urinary and fecal elimination and wound care.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Admission Requirements
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  • Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status
  • Clear Conduct Certificate
  • Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Clear medical certificate indicating current immunization and free from communicable diseases
  • Demonstrated fluency in English (oral and written)

 

 

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Success Stories

“Love this place-great staff and instructors who help you in all areas for success. If you go to class, do homework and participate, you will do well. Great bunch of people!”

Lindsay

2019