Licensed Psychiatric Technicians are active members of interdisciplinary teams in the forefront of care and treatment of Californians with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. This is a profession that attracts those who truly want to help improve the quality of life for some of the neediest individuals in today's society.
The Psychiatric Technician Program is a three-semester patient-centered course operated in cooperation with hospitals and healthcare 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.
Entry-level pay in California varies from $2,400 to $5,800, depending on certification or degree completion status. There is a shortage of trained and experienced psych techs in California, with constant demand in the public sector. Most jobs are concentrated near state hospitals such as Napa State Hospital and Sonoma Developmental Center, but there are many other jobs available within the prison systems, private mental health care facilities and also hospitals are recognizing the use of Psychiatric Technicians on mental health units.
If you have more questions, please contact Robert Millay, our Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Psychiatric Technician Program will start a new class every two out of three semesters. There will be 30 openings, which will be filled by the first 30 applicants who have completed all requirements.
Please be on the lookout for the next application dates!
Please review all the information before submitting your application. It will be a short application period, so allow yourself enough time to request transcripts, foreign transcript evaluations, etc. Incomplete application packets (i.e. missing High School proof, missing test scores, missing transcript evaluations) will not be considered submitted until all information has been received by A & R. Application packet is available at the bottom of this page, under the "Prospective Students" heading.
Please note: There are a limited number of spots available for Spring 2017 class.
The next application period will be for the Spring 2018 class.
Please CLICK HERE for the Psych Tech program information sheet, to help in your application process.
Acceptance letters will be sent out within three weeks after the end of the application period.
Please note that all applicants must be able to pass fingerprint clearance at Sonoma Developmental Center in order to participate in clinical rotations and complete clinical objectives. If you do not clear, you cannot be in the program!
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The Napa Valley College Psychiatric Technician Program is accredited by the State of California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT), a division of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The mailing address and contact number is:
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
Additional information regarding accreditation, including the process to file complaints, can be found at www.bvnpt.ca.gov
Napa Valley College career technical education programs are open and available to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Admission requirements for Napa Valley College career technical education programs are described in the current Napa Valley College catalog. The Napa Valley College Title IX officer is Charo Albarran, Executive Director of Human Resources, Napa Valley College (Phone: 707-256-7105). The Section 504 compliance officer is Rebecca Scott (Phone: 707-256-7438, Room 1735-C).