personal support worker

Personal Support Worker

"Caring for others is an expression of what it means to be fully human." Hillary Clinton

You are:

  • Genuinely interested in caring for and helping others
  • Focused and dedicated
  • Interested in health care and wellness
  • Compassionate
  • Dependable and reliable
  • Interested in a rewarding career in the home care, health care, and/or nursing field

THE WORLD NEEDS PEOPLE LIKE YOU. WE WILL TRAIN YOU TO OFFER THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE.

personal-support-worker

The Oulton College Personal Support Worker Diploma Program was developed to address a growing need in our area and beyond, and having the best people trained in the most in-depth, in-demand skills is the solution. Students just like you are discovering their potential, and combining their caring, compassionate natures with the science-based certifications to bring the highest level of care to patients in long-term care facilities, palliative care units, hospitals, and clients’ homes.

The opportunity to practice classroom skills in our state-of-the-art lab equipped with all the tools you need combined with certifications from leading Canadian organizations makes the Oulton’s program truly one of a kind. As part of your hands-on and classroom activities at the college, you will take part in a variety of placements so you can experience home care, long-term care, and even acute care settings where you will develop skills to add to your resume and also make connections to secure employment. Our Personal Support Worker program is recognized by the New Brunswick Home Support Association, opening even more doors for our amazing students. You can also challenge the CCA Certification Examination in NS.

What kind of career can I enter with this diploma?

We’ve have graduates land jobs as Health Care Aid, Attendant, Resident Assistant, Continuing Care Assistant, Personal Support Worker, and Home Support Worker - just to name a few. The sky is the limit, new job opportunities are constantly evolving!

You mentioned certifications; what will I have when I graduate?

Our Personal Support Worker Program includes certification in:

  • Palliative Education - Certification from Cancer Care (NS)
  • Dementia: Understanding the Journey - Certification from the Alzheimer’s Society (NS)
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Food Safety

What other areas will I be trained in?

Our Personal Support Worker Program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Medication Awareness: understanding the ramifications and effects
  • Holistic Care

Term: September - June

Clinical: 6 Weeks

Practicum: 5 weeks

Pathway to Nursing

Always wanted to work in nursing yet don't know where to start? Missing requirements? Facing financial challenges? We have the solution for you!

Faced with an aging population, Atlantic Canada is struggling to fill positions for Acute and Long Term care facilities. Our Pathway to Nursing program allows you to get started on your dream today - all while building the practical skills you will need in your future.

For grads of the Personal Support Worker Program at Oulton College who decide to continue their education in Practical Nursing, we have carved out a pathway allowing you to work and learn, all while pursuing your dream.

We reserve limited seats for Personal Support Worker diploma holders (with honours), and waive the interview process when you apply to enter the Practical Nursing program. Those who fill all out prerequisites will also have exemptions and carry-over credits!

That sounds awesome! What’s the fine print?

In order to qualify, you must:

  • Graduate with honours from the Personal Support Worker Program
  • Apply for Practical Nursing before March 1st of the year you wish to enrol
  • Be recommended with good clinical performance
  • For exemptions, you must have 75% or higher in the Anatomy course and have over 60% in high school Math and English (mature students may also be eligible for some exemptions)
  • Enroll within 2 years of graduating from the Personal Support Worker program or provide proof of work experience in the field
  • If all of those requirements are met, you will have have credits for 4 courses during Term 1 of Practical Nursing, allowing you to have a part-time schedule from September - January.
    • Credits are for: Pre-clinical Theory, Lab Skills(1 Semester), Communications, Care of the Elderly as well as being exempt from Palliative and Transferring Program.

Check out more info on our Practical Nursing program.

Fun facts:

  • According to Stats Canada, there are now more seniors than children under the age of 14.
    • Furthermore,Atlantic Canada has the highest proportion of seniors in the country.
  • 100% job placements in both Personal Support Worker and Practical Nursing fields. One of the highest in demand careers in Eastern Canada.

Career Choices

Health Care Support is an integral part of any long-term care, community or hospital setting. Our training gives you practiced skills and the ability to build strong patient relationships right away. You will be able to quickly step in and work in any clinical setting.

  • Health Care Aid
  • Personal Care Attendant
  • Resident Assistant
  • Continuing Care Assistant
  • Home Support Worker
  • Personal Support Worker

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Mental Health
  • Human Diseases
  • Long Term Care
  • Acute Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Communications
  • Healthy Living and Nutrition

Course Descriptions

Preclinical Theory and Practice for Long Term Care and Community Practice

This course introduces students to the information necessary to maintain an appropriate environment for delivery of care. Fundamentals of safe practice and instrumentation skills for long term care and community practice are discussed. The laboratory portion begins students ‘development of the skills defined within the scope of practice. Skills are practiced first on manikins and later on classmates in treatment simulation sessions. Topics such as WHMIS and infection control are addressed.

Communications I

This course emphasizes the importance of charting/documentation or recording information in a clear, accurate and concise manner both orally and in writing. This course stresses professionally-oriented oral and written skills 

Health Promotion I: Health, Living, and Nutrition

This theory course teaches the fundamentals of healthy living. Students’ progress with their knowledge of health as they discuss the physical, intellectual, and socio-economic factors which influence clients’ decisions and actions in maintaining their health and accessing health care. Emphasis is placed on individualizing self-care messages for clients across the lifespan. Incorporated topics are the principles of nutrition within Canada’s food Guide, medical nutrition therapy, home management techniques and active lifestyle discussions. A component of this course will cover food handling and preparation.

Anatomy and Physiology/Human Diseases I

This theory course discusses human anatomy and physiology, connections between body systems and the terminology to support it.

Growth and Development

This theory discusses the principles of growth and development across the life cycle. Students will gain an understanding that a client needs change as the client progresses through this life cycle.

Clinical Practice-Long Term Care

Students will apply personal care skills in a long term care setting.

Clinical Practice-Community/Acute

Students will apply skills learned in the lab setting, in the community.

Preclinical Practice and Theory for Acute Care

This course introduces students to the information necessary to maintain an appropriate environment for delivery of care. Fundamentals of safe practice and instrumentation skills for acute care practice are discussed. The laboratory portion begins students development of the skills defined within the scope of practice. Such topics as hospital protocols, isolation techniques and sterilization processing will be discussed.

Palliative Care

Students will explore the concepts of palliation within the support workers scope of practice, examining topics such as client and family needs, spirituality, culture, loss, grief and caregiver support. Included in this course is Palliative Care for Front Line Workers certificate offered through Cancer Care NS.

Communications II

This course has an emphasis on interpersonal skills and will prepare students with more advanced communications competencies that are required in the workplace.  The focus includes multicultural considerations; ethics, stress management, conflict resolution and practical knowledge for inter- professional communication.

Theory of Health Care Support in Mental Health

Students will gain an understanding of the role of health care support teams to specific to the needs of patients and residents experiencing mental health illness. Diseases and disorders in mental health, including those found in aging population will be explored. Included will be Non-violent Crisis Intervention and Alzheimer’s disease and Other Dementia’s Care Course.

Anatomy of Physiology/Human Disease II

This course will introduce human diseases and the fundamentals of homeostatic mechanisms. Mechanisms of disease how alterations affect healthy structure and function will be illustrated through exploring common disease states. 
Disease and illness will be discussed.

Disabilities across Life Span

This course will introduce developmental and intellectual disabilities across the human life span. Health Care Support Worker’s roles and responsibilities will be discussed; Adaptive clothing, adaptive devices and special needs will be explored.

Medication Awareness

Students will be introduced to their role in medication awareness across the continuum of care. Common medication terminology, labels, over-the-counter and prescription medications will be discussed. There is also a lab component where the student will practice assisting the patient with medication administration.

Practice Standards in Health Care

Practice standards encompasses many topics including theoretical foundations, nursing leadership, management, and collaborative practices, also critical thinking, nursing informatics, and caring.  The course also provides knowledge of the legal boundaries within which nurses must function.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.
 

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED 
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology considered an asset
  • Grade 11 or 12 English considered an asset
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Personal Support Worker

"Caring for others is an expression of what it means to be fully human." Hillary Clinton

You are:

  • Genuinely interested in caring for and helping others
  • Focused and dedicated
  • Interested in health care and wellness
  • Compassionate
  • Dependable and reliable
  • Interested in a rewarding career in the home care, health care, and/or nursing field

THE WORLD NEEDS PEOPLE LIKE YOU. WE WILL TRAIN YOU TO OFFER THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE.

personal-support-worker

The Oulton College Personal Support Worker Diploma Program was developed to address a growing need in our area and beyond, and having the best people trained in the most in-depth, in-demand skills is the solution. Students just like you are discovering their potential, and combining their caring, compassionate natures with the science-based certifications to bring the highest level of care to patients in long-term care facilities, palliative care units, hospitals, and clients’ homes.

The opportunity to practice classroom skills in our state-of-the-art lab equipped with all the tools you need combined with certifications from leading Canadian organizations makes the Oulton’s program truly one of a kind. As part of your hands-on and classroom activities at the college, you will take part in a variety of placements so you can experience home care, long-term care, and even acute care settings where you will develop skills to add to your resume and also make connections to secure employment. Our Personal Support Worker program is recognized by the New Brunswick Home Support Association, opening even more doors for our amazing students. You can also challenge the CCA Certification Examination in NS.

What kind of career can I enter with this diploma?

We’ve have graduates land jobs as Health Care Aid, Attendant, Resident Assistant, Continuing Care Assistant, Personal Support Worker, and Home Support Worker - just to name a few. The sky is the limit, new job opportunities are constantly evolving!

You mentioned certifications; what will I have when I graduate?

Our Personal Support Worker Program includes certification in:

  • Palliative Education - Certification from Cancer Care (NS)
  • Dementia: Understanding the Journey - Certification from the Alzheimer’s Society (NS)
  • Non Violent Crisis Prevention
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Food Safety

What other areas will I be trained in?

Our Personal Support Worker Program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Medication Awareness: understanding the ramifications and effects
  • Holistic Care

Term: September - June

Clinical: 6 Weeks

Practicum: 5 weeks

Pathway to Nursing

Always wanted to work in nursing yet don't know where to start? Missing requirements? Facing financial challenges? We have the solution for you!

Faced with an aging population, Atlantic Canada is struggling to fill positions for Acute and Long Term care facilities. Our Pathway to Nursing program allows you to get started on your dream today - all while building the practical skills you will need in your future.

For grads of the Personal Support Worker Program at Oulton College who decide to continue their education in Practical Nursing, we have carved out a pathway allowing you to work and learn, all while pursuing your dream.

We reserve limited seats for Personal Support Worker diploma holders (with honours), and waive the interview process when you apply to enter the Practical Nursing program. Those who fill all out prerequisites will also have exemptions and carry-over credits!

That sounds awesome! What’s the fine print?

In order to qualify, you must:

  • Graduate with honours from the Personal Support Worker Program
  • Apply for Practical Nursing before March 1st of the year you wish to enrol
  • Be recommended with good clinical performance
  • For exemptions, you must have 75% or higher in the Anatomy course and have over 60% in high school Math and English (mature students may also be eligible for some exemptions)
  • Enroll within 2 years of graduating from the Personal Support Worker program or provide proof of work experience in the field
  • If all of those requirements are met, you will have have credits for 4 courses during Term 1 of Practical Nursing, allowing you to have a part-time schedule from September - January.
    • Credits are for: Pre-clinical Theory, Lab Skills(1 Semester), Communications, Care of the Elderly as well as being exempt from Palliative and Transferring Program.

Check out more info on our Practical Nursing program.

Fun facts:

  • According to Stats Canada, there are now more seniors than children under the age of 14.
    • Furthermore,Atlantic Canada has the highest proportion of seniors in the country.
  • 100% job placements in both Personal Support Worker and Practical Nursing fields. One of the highest in demand careers in Eastern Canada.

Career Choices

Career Choices

Health Care Support is an integral part of any long-term care, community or hospital setting. Our training gives you practiced skills and the ability to build strong patient relationships right away. You will be able to quickly step in and work in any clinical setting.

  • Health Care Aid
  • Personal Care Attendant
  • Resident Assistant
  • Continuing Care Assistant
  • Home Support Worker
  • Personal Support Worker

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Mental Health
  • Human Diseases
  • Long Term Care
  • Acute Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Communications
  • Healthy Living and Nutrition

Course Description

Course Descriptions

Preclinical Theory and Practice for Long Term Care and Community Practice

This course introduces students to the information necessary to maintain an appropriate environment for delivery of care. Fundamentals of safe practice and instrumentation skills for long term care and community practice are discussed. The laboratory portion begins students ‘development of the skills defined within the scope of practice. Skills are practiced first on manikins and later on classmates in treatment simulation sessions. Topics such as WHMIS and infection control are addressed.

Communications I

This course emphasizes the importance of charting/documentation or recording information in a clear, accurate and concise manner both orally and in writing. This course stresses professionally-oriented oral and written skills 

Health Promotion I: Health, Living, and Nutrition

This theory course teaches the fundamentals of healthy living. Students’ progress with their knowledge of health as they discuss the physical, intellectual, and socio-economic factors which influence clients’ decisions and actions in maintaining their health and accessing health care. Emphasis is placed on individualizing self-care messages for clients across the lifespan. Incorporated topics are the principles of nutrition within Canada’s food Guide, medical nutrition therapy, home management techniques and active lifestyle discussions. A component of this course will cover food handling and preparation.

Anatomy and Physiology/Human Diseases I

This theory course discusses human anatomy and physiology, connections between body systems and the terminology to support it.

Growth and Development

This theory discusses the principles of growth and development across the life cycle. Students will gain an understanding that a client needs change as the client progresses through this life cycle.

Clinical Practice-Long Term Care

Students will apply personal care skills in a long term care setting.

Clinical Practice-Community/Acute

Students will apply skills learned in the lab setting, in the community.

Preclinical Practice and Theory for Acute Care

This course introduces students to the information necessary to maintain an appropriate environment for delivery of care. Fundamentals of safe practice and instrumentation skills for acute care practice are discussed. The laboratory portion begins students development of the skills defined within the scope of practice. Such topics as hospital protocols, isolation techniques and sterilization processing will be discussed.

Palliative Care

Students will explore the concepts of palliation within the support workers scope of practice, examining topics such as client and family needs, spirituality, culture, loss, grief and caregiver support. Included in this course is Palliative Care for Front Line Workers certificate offered through Cancer Care NS.

Communications II

This course has an emphasis on interpersonal skills and will prepare students with more advanced communications competencies that are required in the workplace.  The focus includes multicultural considerations; ethics, stress management, conflict resolution and practical knowledge for inter- professional communication.

Theory of Health Care Support in Mental Health

Students will gain an understanding of the role of health care support teams to specific to the needs of patients and residents experiencing mental health illness. Diseases and disorders in mental health, including those found in aging population will be explored. Included will be Non-violent Crisis Intervention and Alzheimer’s disease and Other Dementia’s Care Course.

Anatomy of Physiology/Human Disease II

This course will introduce human diseases and the fundamentals of homeostatic mechanisms. Mechanisms of disease how alterations affect healthy structure and function will be illustrated through exploring common disease states. 
Disease and illness will be discussed.

Disabilities across Life Span

This course will introduce developmental and intellectual disabilities across the human life span. Health Care Support Worker’s roles and responsibilities will be discussed; Adaptive clothing, adaptive devices and special needs will be explored.

Medication Awareness

Students will be introduced to their role in medication awareness across the continuum of care. Common medication terminology, labels, over-the-counter and prescription medications will be discussed. There is also a lab component where the student will practice assisting the patient with medication administration.

Practice Standards in Health Care

Practice standards encompasses many topics including theoretical foundations, nursing leadership, management, and collaborative practices, also critical thinking, nursing informatics, and caring.  The course also provides knowledge of the legal boundaries within which nurses must function.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.
 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED 
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology considered an asset
  • Grade 11 or 12 English considered an asset
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

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