2004 - 2005 Catalog

Programs of Study

Psychiatric Technician

The Psychiatric Technician Program will prepare the student for employment in state hospitals or any facility requiring psychiatric technicians. Upon completion of the Psychiatric Technician certificate or associate degree, the student qualifies to take the licensure exam from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

This is an intensive 12-month certificate program. Classes will be held at the college or local hospitals, mental health facilities, Atascadero State Hospital, or other nearby approved facilities able to accommodate the clinical aspects of instruction.

For consideration of eligibility to the Psychiatric Technician Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1.  Be 18 years of age or older.
2.  Show evidence of high school graduation or the equivalent (GED or CHSPE).
3.  Submit an application to West Hills College.
4.  Submit a current application to the Psychiatric Technician Program.
5.  Take the West Hills College assessment tests.
6.  Show proficiency in English or Mathematics by completing English 105 (or the equivalent) AND Math 87
or
Math 101 (or the equivalent) all with a C grade or better OR have equivalent scores on the West Hills College assessment exams.

7.  Completed physical and criminal background check.
8.  Completed the course PSY TEC 10 (Introduction to Psychiatric Technician) with a passing grade. 

Meeting each of these criteria does not guarantee admission to the Psychiatric Technician Program or the next beginning class. Completion of the above makes the applicant eligible for consideration for admission to the program.

Associate Degree

Refer to the General Education Requirements for specific information regarding general education, unit, and scholarship requirements. Completion of the following program requirements, in addition to the general education and college requirements, qualifies the student for an associate degree.

 

Course Number

Title

Units

PSY TEC 10

Introduction to Psychiatric Technician

1

PSY TEC 12

Nursing Science

18.5

PSY TEC 14

Psychiatric Nursing

18.5

PSY TEC 16

Care of the Developmentally Disabled

17

 

TOTAL

55

Certificate

Course Number

Title

Units

PSY TEC 10

Introduction to Psychiatric Technician

 1

PSY TEC 12

Nursing Science

18.5

PSY TEC 14

Psychiatric Nursing

18.5

PSY TEC 16

Care of the Developmentally Disabled

17

 

TOTAL

55

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