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Psychiatric Technician


The Psychiatric Technician Program is an intense forty-six (46) week educational program. Approved by the State of California's Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians(BVNPT), this educational program prepares graduates for eligibility to take the State of California examination for licensure. As a Licensed Psychiatric Technician, the graduate is qualified to practice in a variety of health care settings providing patient care within the parameters of the Psychiatric Technician scope of practice. A San Joaquin Delta College certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

St. Joseph's Medical Center, San Joaquin General Hospital, and San Joaquin County Mental Health Services are among the local health care facilities providing clinical learning sites as well as assistance with instruction and clinical training.

Admission Procedure

Additional information concerning requirements and applications for the Associate Degree Nursing (Registered Nurse), Vocational Nursing, Psychiatric Technician, Nurse Assistant Training, and Radiological Technology Programs may be obtained from the Family, Consumer and Health Science Division Office, Shima 115 or the Nursing Department Office, Locke 213.

Requirements for entrance to the programs vary as to prior education. Most programs require satisfactory physical examinations and completion of prerequisite courses.

Application Procedure
1. Applicants must be admitted to San Joaquin Delta College or submit a college application for admission with the application to the

Psychiatric Technician.
2. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Proof of age must be provided by either a driver's license or birth certificate. This documentation must be submitted with the application.
3. Applicants must be a high school graduate OR possess any one of the following:
    • Official General Education Development (GED) certification
    • Official California High School Proficiency (CHS) certificate
    • Associate of Arts or Science Degree or higher Official transcripts or certificates for any of the above must be submitted with the application. Official transcripts must be presented in official and sealed envelopes. Foreign transcripts are not accepted.
4. All applicants must satisfy the college assessment placement test requirements.
5. All applicants must complete all prerequisite courses (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or higher AND demonstrate a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for program prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must be complete prior to applying to the program. (See program requirements on page 110 for more details)
6. Prerequisite courses completed at colleges or universities other than San Joaquin Delta College must be comparable in theory and laboratory content and hours of instruction to San Joaquin Delta College courses. Official transcripts for prerequisite courses taken at colleges other than San Joaquin Delta College must be submitted with the application along with course descriptions and outlines for these courses. Course comparability will be determined by the college evaluators. A grade of "C" AND a minimal cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required for these courses.
7. Applications are accepted once a year during the period of September 1 to October 15. Students are accepted once a year with the program beginning in January and ending in December. Students admitted to the program are required to attend classes during the spring, summer, and fall terms.

Selection Procedure

Currently, fifteen (15) students are admitted by random selection from the pool of qualified applicants.

Acceptance into the clinical portion of the program is contingent upon medical clearance and completion of additional health and safety requirements including immunizations, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, malpractice insurance, and any other identified requirements.

*Prerequisite Course Information

Psychiatric Technician Program prerequisites include: HS 36 (Medical Terminology), HS/FCS 19 (Human Development), PSYCH 1 (Introduction to Psychology), and one of the following science courses:

BIOL 11 (Human Biology), OR BIOL 31 (Human Anatomy), OR BIOL 33 (Anatomy and Physiology) **

**This course requires completion of Chemistry 3A or a year of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or better.

Background Clearance

All students are required to obtain background clearance for criminal history prior to placement in the clinical areas. Prior to clinical in the developmental disabilities area, each student must be cleared by Community Care Licensing. These clearance are in addition to the fingerprinting clearance required by the BVNPT as part o fthe licensure application process. Students who do not receive background clearance will not be placed in the clinical area and will lose their space in the program. Potential applicants are urged to consider their personal history prior to applying to this program.

Beginning Spring 2005, all applicants will be required to complete these background clearance as part of the clinical requirements for entry into the program.

Upon applying for licensure as a psychiatric technician, applicants must submit fingerprints to the Department of Justice for a background check of previous convictions. This information is not a requirement for admission into the psychiatric technician program but students considering a career as a licensed psychiatric technician are advised that some convictions may prevent granting of a license. The program brochure discusses this area in more detail.

For Additional Information

Information regarding program requirements, application, and selection procedures is included in the program brochure available in the Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Division Office, Shima 115. Applications are also available from the Counseling Center, Danner Hall, Room 205 and Admissions and Records , Holt Center, Room 101.

Recognition is given for prior education and training. Certified Nurse Assistants may be eligible to enter the program as an upgrade applicant. CNA-PT applications are available in the Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Division Office, Shima Center, Room 115.

Students requesting transfer to the PT program from other psychiatric technician programs are directed to contact the director at (209) 954-5454. Transfer requests must be in writing. Official transcripts of course work completed in other programs in addition to detailed course syllabi, course outlines and objectives must be submitted for determination of acceptance and placement into the program.

Family Consumer & Health Sciences
San Joaquin Delta College

Shima Center, Room 115

5151 Pacific Avenue

Stockton, CA 95207




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