Psychiatric Technician Program


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Program Description

The Psychiatric Technician Program is a 12-month Certificate program designed to prepare students to perform direct patient care under the supervision of an RN and/or physician. The Psychiatric Technician program consists of 1,560 hours of classroom instruction plus hands-on clinical experience in community facilities under the direct supervision of an experienced instructor.

The curriculum is approximately one-third nursing and two-thirds behavioral science. The curriculum is regularly update so the skills that are taught match the current needs in the community practice settings. Psychiatric Technician skills focus on mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. It is a profession that attracts those who truly want to help improve the quality of life for some of the must vulnerable individuals in today’s society.

Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a Certificate of Completion from the college and become eligible to take the state examination (NCLEX-PT) for licensure.


Program Goals and Objectives

The Psychiatric Technician Program is a 1,560-hour program consisting of theory (601 hours) and skills and correlated clinical experience (959 hours).

Upon completion of the Psychiatric Technician program, the graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to take the State Licensing Examination and will be able to:

- Systematically and continuously collect data about the health and functional status of clients/patients that can be recorded, accessible and communicated.
- Assist in developing a plan with goals and interventions unique to the needs of each client/patient and participate in peer review and other means of evaluation to assure quality nursing care.
- Intervene as guided by interdisciplinary treatment plan to implement actions that promise, maintain or restore health, prevent illness and promote habilitation as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team.
- Participate in the evaluation of client/patient responses to nursing actions in order to assess progress towards meeting healthcare objectives of the client/patient.

The LPT under the supervision of a qualified health care professional participates in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care.


Class Hours


MONDAY – THURSDAY Evenings & Friday/Saturday Daytime

Monday РThursday hours are from 6 pm to 10 pm, Friday hours are 8 am to 5pm and Saturday hours are 7 am to 4 pm. Clinical hours may vary per clinical site. Generally, the clinical site hours are from 7 am to 4 pm.

Inter-level breaks are scheduled between each level of the curriculum. The following holidays are observed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Class Schedules

Each student will be given a class schedule at the beginning of each level of the program.