Psychiatric Technician-Three Semester: AS Degree

The Psychiatric Technician Program is a three-semester program designed to prepare qualified men and women to practice as psychiatric technicians. The program provides two approaches to learning; coursework is combined with practical application. Clinical training occurs in hospitals and health agencies. A certificate in Psychiatric Technician is granted by the college after completion of the program, and the student is eligible to take the examination for licensure. The academic subjects for both the Certificate and A.S. Degree are offered at Napa Valley College.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Act ethically and respect the parameters of client privacy and confidentiality.
  2. Accurately document all clinical assessments and interventions in a timely manner, prioritizing patient care while delivering age appropriate services.
  3. Effectively participate in a therapeutic environment and communicate professionally.
Degree Requirements
Prerequisite Courses (6 units)
HEOC-100Basic Anatomy & Physiology3
Total Units6
Required Core Courses (45 units)
HEOC-172Basic Nutrition2
PSYC-124Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC-125Human Development3
PTEC-150Principles & Practice for Psychiatric Technicians 113
PTEC-155Principles & Practice for Psychiatric Technicians 212
PTEC-156Principles & Practice for Psychiatric Technicians 312
Total Units45

To receive an Associate Degree, students must complete 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must also complete the NVC General Education pattern to earn an Associate degree. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.