Psychiatric Technician to RN (AS Degree S1209)

Technology and Health Division
Degree S1209

The Mt. San Antonio College Nursing Program, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing,is a two-year program designed to prepare men and women to give direct nursing care to clients in various practice settings. The program consists of course work in nursing, science, general education, and clinical nursing practice at local hospitals and health agencies.
Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.
The Licensed Psychiatric Technician is provided career mobility into the Nursing Program to earn as Associate Degree in Nursing.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Requirements for Nursing

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Units
NURS 3 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Locomotion/Sensation/Integument/Oncology/Immunology 3.5
NURS 4 Maternity Nursing 3
NURS 6 Pediatric Nursing 3
Semester 2
NURS 7 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Nutrition/Elimination/ Surgical Asepsis 7
Semester 3
NURS 8 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Circulation and Oxygenation 5
NURS 9 Leadership in Nursing 1
NURS 10 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Integration/Regulation 4
NURS 11 Preceptorship in Nursing 2
 Total Units28.5

Requirements for the Major

Course Prefix Course Name Units
ANAT 35Human Anatomy5
ANAT 36Human Physiology5
ANAT 10AIntroductory Human Anatomy4
ANAT 10BIntroductory Human Physiology4
MICR 1Principles of Microbiology5
MICR 22Microbiology4
ENGL 1AFreshman Composition4
CHLD 10Child Growth and Lifespan Development3
or PSYC 14 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
or SPCH 2 Survey of Communication Studies
or SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking

NOTE: Applicants planning to continue their education and enter a baccalaureate program in nursing will need to meet with a counselor or educational advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

Requirements for the Associate Degree

Students must develop an education plan with a counselor or educational advisor to complete college academic requirements for the A.S. degree. Contact the Counseling Department at (909) 274-4380 to schedule an appointment.

Requirements for Nursing

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Requirements for Nursing
NURS 3Medical-Surgical Nursing: Locomotion/Sensation/Integument/Oncology/Immunology3.5
NURS 4Maternity Nursing3
NURS 6Pediatric Nursing3
NURS 7Medical-Surgical Nursing: Nutrition/Elimination/ Surgical Asepsis7
NURS 8Medical-Surgical Nursing: Circulation and Oxygenation5
NURS 9Leadership in Nursing1
NURS 10Medical-Surgical Nursing: Integration/Regulation4
NURS 11Preceptorship in Nursing2
Requirements for Major
Human Anatomy
and Human Physiology
or ANAT 10A
Introductory Human Anatomy
and Introductory Human Physiology
MICR 1Principles of Microbiology4-5
or MICR 22 Microbiology
ENGL 1AFreshman Composition4
or ENGL 1AH Freshman Composition - Honors
CHLD 10Child Growth and Lifespan Development3
or CHLD 10H Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
or PSYC 14 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
or SPCH 2 Survey of Communication Studies
or SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking
or SPCH 8H Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
Total Units54.5-57.5

Nursing Website

Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

Prerequisite Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Human Anatomy, includign a laboratory component.4
Human Physiology, including a laboratory component.4
Microbiology, including a laboratory component.4
ENGL 1AFreshman Composition 14
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
CHLD 10Child Growth and Lifespan Development 23
or PSYC 14 Developmental Psychology

Non-course requirements

  1. An overall grade point average of 2.5 for the Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Microbiology prerequisite courses with no grade less than a “C” for each course and no more than one repetition of any one of these courses.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 for all college coursework completed.
  3. Eligibility forMATH 71 (Preferably MATH 71 or a college level math course completed).
  4. High school graduation or GED or academic degree from an accredited college/university in the United States.
  5. Possess a current, active California PsychiatricTechnician License.
  6. Criminal background check and drug screening must be completed prior to any patient contact.
  7. A physical examination, including specific immunizations is required of all candidates prior to the beginning of nursing classes.
  8. Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification
  9. Nursing 70: Role Transition must be completed with a credit grade prior to entrance into the program. (Due to the clinical component of NURS 70, applicants must submit their names to the Nursing Office forapproval prior to enrollment in this course. Applicants must have completed all prerequisite courses prior to taking NURS 70. Applicants must provide proof of current Psychiatric Technician License, physical, CPR card, Background Check, and drug testing prior to the start of class.)

Selection Process

Students applying for admission to the Nursing Program are required to see either a counselor or educational advisor to verify their eligibility to enter the Nursing program.


Students must complete all course prerequisites prior to requesting an appointment for certifying readiness to enter into the Nursing program. Once eligibility has been established and the Admission Assessment Test has been passed, students will enter on a first come first served basis.

The Eligibility Appointment

  1. Once a student has completed all course prerequisites, they may request an appointment with a counselor or educational advisor.
  2. Students who have completed coursework at other colleges must bring the following information to their eligibility appointment:
    1. Official transcripts of all college work completed at all colleges.
    2. If the prerequisite courses were completed at another college, a course description and a copy of the course syllabus.
    3. Students completing college coursework outside of the United States will need to have their transcripts evaluated by an approved international transcript evaluation agency and must bring the final evaluation to their appointment (students may be able to obtain a list of agencies from the Admissions & Records Office).
    4. Due to specific college deadlines for International Student application, please inform the Counseling/Educational Advisor that this applies to you.
    5. All students will need to bring official proof of high school graduation, GED, or college graduation from an accredited institution in the United States. Students should also be aware that once they have been admitted to the Nursing Program and before beginning the clinical portion of the Program, they will need to be able to pass both a criminal background check, including a screening by the Office of Inspector General for Welfare or Social Security fraud, as well as testing negative for drug use.

All applicants are required to meet the essential functions for success in the Nursing 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 heavy effort (lift/carry 50 lbs. or more)
  • Perform considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching

Sensory Demands

(May be corrected with adaptive devices)

  • Color vision: ability to distinguish and identify colors
  • 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 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 judgment/action which could result in death of a patient
  • Exposed to products containing latex

English Language Skills

Although proficiency in English is not a criteria for admission into the nursing program, students are encouraged to be able to speak, write and read English to complete classes successfully and to ensure safety for themselves and for others.


The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) protects the consumer by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The BRN may deny applications for interim permits, temporary licenses, and permanent licensure, if the applicant has been found guilty of dishonesty, fraud or deceit, felony child abuse, sex offender crimes, acts involving narcotics, dangerous drugs or devices, assault and/or battery, and other crimes. Applicants who have questions regarding limitations related to licensure, should contact the California Board of Registered Nursing at (916) 322-3350 or access its website at


California Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 322-3350

Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
Semester 1Units
MENT 56 Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians 9
MENT 56L Medical-Surgical Clinical Experience 4
Intersession 1
MENT 58D Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and Pharmacology for Psychiatric Technician (PT) 4
MENT 58L Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians Clinical 1.5
Semester 2
MENT 72 Nursing Care of the Developmentally Disabled Person 7
MENT 72L Nursing Care of the Developmentally Disabled Person - Clinical 5.5
Intersession 2
PSYC 1B Biological Psychology ((or any AREA B Scientific Inquiry General Education course)) 1 3
ARTB 14 Basic Studio Arts ((or any AREA C1 Arts General Education Course)) 1 3
Third Year
Semester 1
MENT 73T Psychiatric Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians 6
MENT 73L Psychiatric Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians Clinical 5.5
Semester 2
MENT 82 Work Experience in Mental Health Technology 2
 Total Units50.5

Program Learning Outcomes

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

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