Atlantic Business College

Personal Support Worker

Personal Support Worker

Atlantic Business College requires that students enrolled in the Personal Support Worker Program complete all the courses listed below. To receive a diploma a student must receive a minimum mark of 70 in all compulsory courses and successful completion of all Clinical Work Placement hours.


Fredericton, NB Canada


Plagiarizing or cheating on assigned work or tests will not be tolerated.  If a student is guilty of either plagiarism or cheating on an assignment, he or she will receive an automatic 0 on that assignment; a second occurrence will result in a mark of 0 for that course and the loss of the student’s diploma. Any cheating on a test or exam will result in an automatic 0 on that test or exam.  Cheating is considered not only the use of another’s work but also the sharing of the work with another.  Both parties are equally to blame.


Absenteeism will be treated in the same manner as that required in the workplace, which allows one and one-quarter days a month for absences caused by illness. Cumulative absences jeopardize a student’s opportunity to participate in on the job training and affect the final mark in a course in which the student has missed time.  Chronic tardiness carries the same consequences as repeated absences.

Students are expected to phone the college at 450-1408, if they are going to be absent or late. Failure to do so before 9:00 am will result in a mark of 0 on all missed tests and assignments for that day. When students arrive late, or leave early, they must advise the Front Desk staff. They will keep record of this for use by the instructors and the administration.

When a student misses a class in a subject or misses lab time, he or she is responsible for getting the work assignment or making up the lab time outside regular class hours.

Approximately 90% of graduates are employed within 6-months of graduating. Graduates of Administrative Assistants programs (NOC 1241) are good in New Brunswick over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as an administrative assistant.

  • Total Instruction Hours:  730
  • Total Instruction Weeks:  28
  • Clinical Practicum Weeks:  9


Students must meet one (1) of the following admission requirements:

  • High school graduation or
  • GED or equivalent or
  • Mature student – Detailed resume outlining experience and qualifications must be submitted.

Compulsory Courses

  • PSW Foundations
  • Safety and Mobility
  • Body Systems
  • Assisting with Personal Hygiene
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration
  • Care Planning/Restorative Care
  • Assisting the Family
  • Assisting the Dying Person
  • Assisting with Medications
  • Cognitive/Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
  • Health Issues
  • Clinical Placement 1
  • Clinical Placement 2

Required for Clinical Placement:

  • CPR certificate
  • Criminal Record (Vulnerable Sector) Check

Social Services


Tuition:  $9695.00

Textbooks:  $1750.00 plus 5% tax

Provincial and Federal student loans are available to qualifying students.  For more information on applying for a student loan, New Brunswick residents should contact New Brunswick Student Financial Services at If you have not lived in New Brunswick for the past 12 months, or if you are currently living in another province, please contact your provincial Student Financial Aid office.

  1. Minimum mark of 70% in each Module with no evaluation method below 70%.
  2. Minimum mark of 70% with no critical deficiencies in each of the Skills Performance Demonstrations.
  3. Demonstrate a satisfactory attendance record by completion of the PSW Attendance Form to be kept in the student’s file. All students must complete the 390 practicum hours. If for any reason time is missed, it must be made up and documented.
  4. Successful completion of all clinical work placement hours and skills requirements.
  5. Successful completion of the NACC PSW Final Comprehensive Theory Examination (pass mark 65%).
  6. Resume that the student intends to use for job search.

$66.50 (1% of tuition)

Program Fees

This fee is for:  Personal Support Worker

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