Mental Health Technology - Psychiatric Technician

Technology and Health Division
Certificate T1279

Upon completion of the required courses, a Certificate in Psychiatric Technician will be awarded. In addition, it prepares the student to take the California State
Board Examination for Psychiatric Technicians.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to provide client care, within scope of practice, to safely practice as an entry-level licensed psychiatric technician.
  • Demonstrate nursing skills, within scope of practice, to safely practice as an entry-level licensed psychiatric technician.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully intervene at all levels of client escalation/de-escalation, within scope of practice, to safely practice as an entry-level licensed psychiatric technician.
  • Demonstrate the ability to support client efforts to achieve and maintain optimal mental health, within scope of practice, to successfully practice as an entry-level licensed psychiatric technician.
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely administer medications, with scope of practice, to safely practice as an entry-level licensed psychiatric technician.
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate in all areas of treatment plan development, within scope of practice, to safely practice as an entry-level licensed psychiatric technician.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and achieve entry-level professional goals.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

MENT 40Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling 3
MENT 56Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians 9
MENT 56LMedical-Surgical Clinical Experience 4
MENT 58DAdvanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and Pharmacology for PT 4
MENT 58LAdvanced Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians Clinical 1.5
MENT 70Introduction to Psychiatric Technology 1.5
MENT 70LIntroduction to Psychiatric Technology Clinical Technicians 2
MENT 72Nursing Care of the Developmentally Disabled Person 7
MENT 72LNursing Care of the Developmentally Disabled Person - Clinical 5.5
MENT 73LPsychiatric Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians Clinical 5.5
MENT 73TPsychiatric Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians 6
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology 3
or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Total Units52

Special Information

To remain in the program, students must maintain a “C” or better grade in all courses. The student will qualify to take the California State Board Examination upon completion of all the above courses.

Entrance Requirements

In addition to meeting Mt. San Antonio College’s academic standards for admission, applicants must be in good standing and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Be a high school graduate or equivalent. (All students who have taken coursework outside of the United States must have their transcript evaluated. Foreign transcripts will not be accepted without the evaluation.)
  2. Be 18 years of age.
  3. File a college application and be accepted as a student at Mt. San Antonio College.
  4. Submit an application for the Mental Health/Psychiatric Technician Program to the Health Careers Resource Center (909) 274-4788. All applications are dated upon receipt in the Health Careers Resource Center. A program begins each fall and spring semester.
  5. Take the required English Placement Test (AWE). Eligibility for ENGL 68 is advised. If you have already taken a college placement exam within the past two years at another school, arrange to have your test scores forwarded to the Health Careers Resource Center. (If you were tested at Mt. San Antonio College, the office will obtain the test scores as long as an “Application for Admission” is on file with the Admissions and Records Office.) Testing is administered by the Assessment Center, located in the Student Services Center. Arrangements should be made with them to schedule a day and time to take the English Placement Test, if required. The Assessment Center is open Monday through Friday. You may contact them at (909) 274-7500, ext.4265.
  6. Forward two official transcripts of all coursework completed (high school, nursing school, and other than Mt. San Antonio college courses.) One transcript must be sent to the Health Careers Resource Center and the other to the Admissions and Records Office.
  7. For students who possess a college degree, the English Placement Test is not required. However, it will be necessary for a student to obtain two official copies of the college transcript showing the degree issued. One transcript must be sent to the Health Careers Resource Center and the other to the Admissions and Records Office. NOTE: Concerning Entrance Requirements ‘e’ and ‘f’, if the courses were taken and/or the degree obtained at Mt. San Antonio College, it is not necessary to request transcripts. Indicate in the mailing address the program for which your transcript is being sent to the Health Careers Resource Center.

EXAMPLE:
Mt. San Antonio College
Health Careers Resource Center, Bldg. 67A, Room 250
Psychiatric Technician Program
1100 North Grand Avenue
Walnut, CA 91789-1399

  1. A physical examination, including specific immunizations, and consent/disclaimer for Hepatitis A/B vaccine is required of all candidates prior to beginning classes. Students must provide proof that he/she does not have tuberculosis. These requirements are in accordance with the healthcare agency policy that insure that students are in good health and free from communicable disease and able to perform their training functions. Drug testing may also be required as part of this physical examination. Proof of high school graduation and malpractice insurance are required of all candidates upon acceptance.
  2. Certain convictions may prevent a candidate from being licensed as a Psychiatric Technician.
  3. All students will be required to pass a background check prior to entering the clinical education phase.

Selection Procedure

In determining eligibility of an applicant, consideration will be given to satisfactory scores on the English Placement Test. The College will make every effort to notify the applicant of acceptance by mail no less than two months prior to the beginning of a program. All applicants are required to meet the Essential
Functions for Success in the Mental Health Technology - Psychiatric Technician Program.

Physical Demands

  • Perform prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking, lifting, positioning, pushing, and/or transferring patients
  • Possess the ability to perform fine motor movements with hands and fingers
  • Possess the ability for extremely heaving effort (lift and carry at least 125 pounds)
  • Perform considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching

Sensory Demands

  • Color vision: ability to distinguish and identify colors (may be corrected with adaptive device)
  • Distance vision: ability to see clearly 20 feet or more
  • Depth perception: ability to judge distance and space relationships
  • Near vision: ability to see clearly 20 inches or less
  • Hearing: able to recognize a full range of tones

Working Environment

  • May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
  • Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases
  • Exposed to a hazardous agents, body fluids and wastes
  • Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
  • Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases
  • Subject to burns and cuts
  • Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
  • Handle emergency or crisis situations
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Requires decisions/actions related to end of life issues
  • Exposure to products containing latex

English Language Skills

Although proficiency in English is not a criterion for admission into the Mental Health Technology - Psychiatric Technician program, students must be able
to speak, write and read English to complete classes successfully and to ensure patient safety.

The Mental Health Technology - Psychiatric Technician program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

Contact:
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, Suite 205
2535 Capital Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-7800

bvnpt@dca.ca.gov

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