The Start Date is a unique date that the student and ACAHS staff select based on that best “start date” for the student. Once the student begins the program, they will have 78 weeks to complete the certiﬁcation. The last 13 weeks will comprise the clinical practicum (320 Hours). Prior to beginning their clinical practicum they must successfully complete the theory (700 hours), lab (24 hours) and the prerequisites stated in the registration process (ie. CPR, Immunizations etc). Virtual lab sessions are synced with corresponding theory throughout the program. Students also have the option of attending a physical lab site.
Once the new graduate obtains their PSW Certiﬁcation, they will be certiﬁed to work in all PSW environments. Furthermore, their PSW education with ACAHS meets and/or exceeds PSW education standards in all provinces (except Quebec). This gives the graduate PSW the opportunity to be considered for PSW employment outside of New Brunswick.