Porterville College


Psychiatric Technology (CA)

Psychiatric Technology includes the study of the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill and basic nursing skills. Courses included are: Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Growth and Development, Communications, Developmental Disabilities and Psychiatric Nursing.

This is a three semester certificate program with classes beginning each semester. The program includes classes on the college campus plus clinical training at Porterville Developmental Center, local mental health clinics, and other approved facilities. Individuals who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the examination to become a Licensed Psychiatric Technician.

Only students who have the prerequisites and have met all admission requirements will be considered for the program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Provider of Client Care: The Psychiatric Technician graduate will be able to provide safe client care by determining appropriate nursing interventions to clients with psychiatric disorders and/or developmental disabilities. The care provided is characterized by consistent critical thinking and problem solving skills, clinical competence within the scope of practice, accountability, effective communication skills, respect for diverse cultures, a commitment to caring, and client education;

Member of Healthcare Team: The Psychiatric Technician graduate will provide safe client care consistently within the healthcare team. This care is characterized by the ability to establish priorities for clients.

The Psychiatric Technician graduate collaborates with other members of the healthcare team including organizational and community resources using effective oral and written communications skills. As a member of the healthcare team, the Psychiatric Technician graduate recognizes roles and responsibilities within the levels of the career ladder and is competent in using technology to provide evidence-based care;

Member of Profession: The Psychiatric Technician graduate will consistently demonstrate accountability, advocacy, an understanding of legal/ethical issues, and responsibility for one’s own professional growth, behavior, and education. The member of profession routinely participates in self-assessment and makes changes to improve their practice with the ultimate goal of making positive contributions to the profession.

To see the requirements of this certificate, see current catalog or page 81 in the 2018-2019 catalog.