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Psychiatric Technician (SOC CODE: 29-2053.00)

Job Description Overview

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.

Related Careers

  • Addictions Counselor
  • Psychiatric Aides
  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

Sample Job Duties

  • Take and record measures of patients' physical condition, using devices such as thermometers or blood pressure gauges.
  • Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff.
  • Provide nursing, psychiatric, or personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or intellectually disabled patients.
  • Administer oral medications or hypodermic injections, following physician's prescriptions and hospital procedures.
  • Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures.
  • Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them.
  • Aid patients in performing tasks, such as bathing or keeping beds, clothing, or living areas clean.
  • Collaborate with or assist doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists in working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community.
  • Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships.
  • Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Psychiatric Technician: Certificate

      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 Clinical Technicians2
      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

    • Psychiatric Technician: AS Degree

      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/Sensory/Integ/Oncology/Immu 3.5
      NURS 4 Maternity Nursing 3
      NURS 6 Pediatric Nursing 3
       Units9.5
      Semester 2
      NURS 7 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Nutrition/Elimination/ Surgical Asepsis 7
       Units7
      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
       Units12
       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 Fundamentals of Communication
      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/Sensory/Integ/Oncology/Immu3.5
      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
      ANAT 35
      & ANAT 36
      Human Anatomy
      and Human Physiology
      8-10
      or ANAT 10A
      & ANAT 10B
      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 Fundamentals of Communication
      or SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking
      or SPCH 8H Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
      Total Units54.5-57.5

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