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Personal Support Worker Nurse

PSW Nurse Program Overview

The Personal Support Worker Nurse Diploma program is designed for those students who have never worked in the role of a Personal Support Worker (PSW) but would like to.  Students complete all of their theory online and access virtual online labs prior to their in-person labs.  Once the student completes their online theory, labs and practicum prerequisites, they will proceed onto their 15 consecutive weeks of practicum.  Students will be placed with their preceptor in a long term care facility in their community to obtain a minimum of 450 hours of clinical experience.

Upon successful completion of the theory, lab and clinical practicum, students will qualify to write their PSW Certification exam, online with a virtual proctor. The student must obtain a score of 70% or more in order to pass the exam.

Once the new graduate obtains their PSW Nurse Diploma, they will be qualified to work in all settings that employ PSW Nurses.

Text book: Sorrentino’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker”  5th Edition.


Admission requirements for Personal Support Worker Nurse program:

  1. High school diploma or GED certificate (If under 21 years of age).
  2. Proficiency in English
  3. Personal learning device.
  4. Internet Access.

English Language Testing If English is your second language, you must provide confirmation of your English proficiency. The following four services evaluate language skills of people whose first language is not English.

  1. Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Website: Telephone: 1.877.863.3546
  2. International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Website: OR
  3. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Website: Telephone: 1.866.696.3522
  4. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) Website: Telephone: 1.855.520.2235.

If you have taken language tests other than those listed above, please contact the college to determine whether they will meet language testing requirements.

Personal Support Worker Program : a Certified, Distance Based & Self Paced Online Program preparing you to work in all PSW environments.

Our Lab

In addition to our virtual simulation labs you may either attend an in person lab on our campus or with one of our long term care partners in your community.  Instructor to student ratios are typically 1:4 ensuring you have the attention and guidance you should.

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Financial Facts

Program cost is $7,000 for Domestic students.  Students are responsible for their learning device, internet access and uniforms.   If you currently work for a facility that employs PSWs, you may qualify for funding through Post-secondary Education, Training & Labour (PETL).

If you are currently unemployed or underemployed, the New Brunswick government is able to provide funding and support for your education.   The first step is to call to speak to an Employment Counsellor at 1.506.453.2377.

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