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Psychiatric Technician Program. Gurnick’s Psych Tech School

A Psychiatric Technician (PT) provides care for the psychiatric or developmentally disabled client under the supervision of a director, such as a physician, psychologist, registered nurse, or other professional personnel. The Psychiatric Technician utilizes scientific and technical expertise, and manual skills to provide care and training for clients experiencing mental disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Our graduates will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to transition from education to utilizing this knowledge in a mental health milieu or developmental treatment program as employees.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Programmatically Accredited by Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Psychiatric Technician Program Highlights:

  • 14 month intensive program including internship
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Day and Evening Classes
  • Our patient-care lab is equipped with patient care equipment used in a simulated clinical environment including anatomical models and hi-fidelity interactive simulation mannequins
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loans Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Our Psychiatric Technician Program includes didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical internship component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the state licensing exam. Once students pass this exam, they will be able to work as Psychiatric Technicians.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field; covers topics such as fundamentals of nursing, anatomy and physiology, clinical nutrition, medical surgical nursing, pharmacology, modern psychiatry, mental disorders, developmental disabilities.

Our Campuses conducts courses in classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, anatomical charts and models. Our patient-care lab is designed to provide an excellent educational context for a hands-on experience with equipment and simulated clinical environment which gives the student the stimulus to be successful critical thinkers with client-centered skills competency.

Our Clinical Education (internship) is a crucial part of the PT Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Students will be rotated throughout our distinct and varied clinical facilities while attending academy.

Psychiatric Technician Program is currently offered at Concord Campus.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program.

Psychiatric Tech And What It Takes To Be One

How to become a Psychiatric Tech?

Psych Techs help patients struggling with mental illness. To become a psych tech, training and certification is necessary. Psych techs play a vital role in mental health organizations and it’s their mission to provide the compassion and attention in working and improving the lives of their patients. Patients rely on professional care to ensure appropriate care and ability to experience the best quality of life.

What do I do as a Psych Tech?

The title, “Psychiatric Technician”, applies to a wide variety of health workers who have yet to complete a Masters or Doctorate Degree. Psych Techs typically work in institutional settings with persons who have mental illness or developmental disabilities. Under supervision, psych techs may assist patients with personal care & hygiene, administer medications, and monitor patient progress among other responsibilities. Depending on the level of certification, a psych tech may also assist with administrative duties and participate in treatment planning.

How to become a Psychiatric Tech?

Psych Tech jobs vary by state. Within CA, you will need to a license to work as a psych tech. In order to obtain your license you must complete 1 of 3 methods. You can graduate from a California Approved School for Psychiatric Technician, show hours of equivalent Education and theory work experience, or have been a part of the Nursing Service in the Medical Corp of any Branch in the Armed Forces. For more detailed information on becoming a licensed Psychiatric Technician click the link below.

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