The Psychiatric Technician (PT) program prepares you with entry-level skills and knowledge to practice in the role of a licensed psychiatric technician in a variety of healthcare settings. By graduating from the program, you will receive a certificate of completion and be prepared to successfully complete the state licensing examination to obtain licensure as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician in the state of California. The program consists of one calendar year of nursing coursework after completion of program prerequisite courses and selection into the program.

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About the Psychiatric Technician Profession

A Psychiatric Technician is trained to care for mentally disordered and developmentally disabled clients. As a licensed psychiatric technician, you will work under the direction of a physician, psychologist, rehabilitation therapist, social worker, registered nurse or other professional personnel. Learn More About the Psychiatric Technician Profession

Job Outlook

Employment opportunities are good locally for a licensed psychiatric technician and excellent statewide. The Department of Corrections and state developmental centers actively recruit psychiatric technicians. Click on a job title below to find out career information such as average salaries, employment rates and more


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