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Mental Health Technology - Psychiatric Technician

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Contact: Andrew SanchezTitle: Department ChairContact: asanchez@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook 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.

Required Courses

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Psychiatric Technicians

      Psychiatric Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 29-2053.00

      Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $37.87

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $66,880.92
      Annual Job Openings
      1,101

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Psychiatric Aides

      Psychiatric Aides

      SOC Career Code: 31-1013.00

      Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $26.03

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $31,282.30
      Annual Job Openings
      395

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages

Certificate & Degree Details

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  • 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.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    MENT 40Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling3
    MENT 56Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians9
    MENT 56LMedical-Surgical Clinical Experience4
    MENT 58DAdvanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and Pharmacology for Psychiatric Technician (PT)4
    MENT 58LAdvanced Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians Clinical1.5
    MENT 70Introduction to Psychiatric Technology1.5
    MENT 70LIntroduction to Psychiatric Technology Clinical2
    MENT 72Nursing Care of the Developmentally Disabled Person7
    MENT 72LNursing Care of the Developmentally Disabled Person - Clinical5.5
    MENT 73LPsychiatric Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians Clinical5.5
    MENT 73TPsychiatric Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians6
    PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
    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.

    Mental Health Department Website

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence

  • Mental Health Technology - Psychiatric Technician, AS

    Technology and Health Division
    Completion of coursework leads to an Associate in Science degree. The Psychiatric Technology Program will prepare students to take the California State Licensure Examination for Psychiatric Technicians.

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

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    MENT 40Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling3
    MENT 56Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians9
    MENT 56LMedical-Surgical Clinical Experience4
    MENT 58DAdvanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and Pharmacology for Psychiatric Technician (PT)4
    MENT 58LAdvanced Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians Clinical1.5
    MENT 70Introduction to Psychiatric Technology1.5
    MENT 70LIntroduction to Psychiatric Technology Clinical2
    MENT 72Nursing Care of the Developmentally Disabled Person7
    MENT 72LNursing Care of the Developmentally Disabled Person - Clinical5.5
    MENT 73LPsychiatric Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians Clinical5.5
    MENT 73TPsychiatric Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians6
    MENT 82Work Experience in Mental Health Technology2
    PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
    or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
    Total Units54

    Special Information

    Additional general education courses needed for completion of the Degree requirements are listed in the Mt. San Antonio College Catalog, but are not required to qualify the student for the California State Board Examination.

    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, except MENT 82.

    Mental Health Department Website

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence

Contacts

Department Contact

Contact: Andrew SanchezTitle: Department ChairContact: asanchez@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Location: Building 67APhone: (909) 274-4917