Resources & FAQs

Educational Partners

  • Fairview Developmental Center
  • Work, Independence Self-Advocacy, Education, Cypress College
  • Hope High School, Buena Park
  • Work, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Education, Wilshire Center, Fullerton
  • Metropolitan State Hospital
  • Pacific Clinics
  • College Hospital, Long Beach
  • MHRC Royale, Mission Viejo
  • Care Unit, Long Beach

Employment Opportunities for Psychiatric Technicians

County of Los Angeles
Department of Health Services
Recruitment and Examinations Office
5555 Ferguson Drive, Room 120-15
City of Commerce, CA 90022
(323) 890-7924

California Prison Healthcare Services
Steve Reid, Recruiter
(559) 636-7326

California Association of Psychiatric Technicians

Pacific Clinics
Advancing Behavioral Healthcare

Telecare Corporation
6060 Paramount Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90805
(562) 630-8672
(562) 634-8560 Fax

Maxim Care: San Diego
Kelly Prosser, Accounts Manager

UMS Health
Jennifer Myers, Recruiting Manager
(800) 903-8532 Ext. 24

Medical Workforce Solutions. Inc
3333 East Concours, Bldg 6, Suite 6201
Ontario, CA 91764
(888) 909-4784

Mainstay Business Solutions
7710 Balboa Ave. #322
San Diego, CA 92111
Lisa Kershner (Recruiter) or Jacquie White
Phone (858) 565-2720
Fax (888) 958-8086

Delta T/JCS Staffing
San Diego and Los Angeles Military Facilities
Delta T Group San Diego, Inc.
4420 Hotel Circle Court, Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92108
Ask for: Tom Knight or Debra Watts

Corona Regional Medical Center

UCIMC Neuropsychiatric unit in Irvine

Western Medical Center in Santa Ana

Independent Options Inc.
P.O. Box 2197
Corona, CA 92878
1180 Olympic Drive
Corona, CA 92881
(951) 279-4860
(951) 279-4860 Fax
Chris Potter, Director of Crisis Intervention2

901 Calle Amanecer, Suite 300
San Clemente, CA 92673
(800) 451-7811 Ext. 131
Ask for Brenda

Royale Health Care Center
1030 West Warner Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 546-6450 Main
(714) 557-4096 Fax

Prime Labor and Staffing

OMV Medical Inc.
(619) 297-3585
(619) 297-0558 Fax

Hy-Lond Home in Garden Grove
9861 11th St.
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 531-8741

Real Time Staffing Solutions
Call Regis Johnson or Dr. Darell Moore
(866) 513-8415 Fax

ATC Registry
5601 Culver West Ave, Suite 234
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 590-1690 ask for Jessica

Casa De Amma
Ask for Terry Vorrel
(949) 496-9001 Ext. 104

Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Centers
1891 Effie St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 644-2000
(323) 666-1417 Fax

Gateways Satellite
(Mentally Ill Offenders Program)
437 N. Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004

San Bernardino Community Hospital
Behavioral Department
1805 Medical Center Dr.
San Bernardino, CA 92411
(909) 887-6333

Other websites:

Helpful Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a psychiatric technician?

A: A psychiatric technician is a licensed member of the health care team who works with individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental disorders.

Q: What kind of individuals become psychiatric technicians?

A: Individuals interested in becoming health care and/or human service professionals. Persons interested in helping people with emotional, psychiatric and/or developmental disabilities. Persons interested in career-ladder mobility to Registered Nursing, Special Education, Clinical and Forensic Psychology, or Social Work.

Q: Where do psychiatric technicians get employed?

A: Psychiatric Technicians are employed at:

  • Psychiatric Hospitals and Facilities
  • Mental Health Day Care Programs
  • Mental Health Crisis Centers
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Prison Health Care (Department of Corrections)
  • County Mental Health Programs
  • Substance Abuse Programs
  • Public Health Services
  • Independent Living Skills Agencies
  • Special Education Programs
  • Vendors of Specialized Services
  • Developmental Centers
  • Transition Services & Job Coaches

Q: How much do a psychiatric technicians make?

A: The psychiatric technicians’ salary may start from $18 or $20 per  hour up to $25 per hour or $42,000 to $52,000 per year.

Q: What career advancement opportunities are there for psychiatric technicians?

A: Psychiatric Technicians, if interested, can follow a  career-ladder mobility to Registered Nursing. Commonly, psychiatric technicians gravitate into fields of Special Education, Clinical and Forensic Psychology, or Social Work.

Q: Is the Cypress College psychiatric technician program accredited?

A: Yes, the Cypress College psychiatric technician program is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians

Q: Do graduates from the psychiatric technician program have to take an examination after they complete the program? 

A: Yes. Upon graduation, graduates must take and pass the  California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians licensure examination in order to receive a professional license.

Q: Will a criminal offense keep me from entering the psychiatric technician program?

A: Yes. Criminal offenses such as murder, felony assault, sexual offenses/sexual assault, felonies involving weapons and/or violent crimes, felony theft, class A and class B misdemeanor theft and fraud among other felonies will prevent students from attending clinical facilities, thus unable to start the psychiatric technician program.

Q: What are the minimum standards for applicants?

A:  1. Graduation from high school, or completion of the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum test of 45, or passing the high school proficiency examination. Possession of an associate degree or higher satisfies this requirement.

2. Completion of English 58/ESL 185 or a comparable course with a grade of “C” or better, or submission of test scores that indicate eligibility for English 60/ESL 186.

Q: What are the prerequisite courses?

A: Biology 160C Integrated Medical Science and Psychology 101C General Psychology.

(Psychology 139C Developmental Psychology must be taken in the first semester of the psychiatric technician program)

Q: Do I receive a certificate or a degree after completing the psychiatric technician program?

A: You will receive a Certificate in Psychiatric Technology. If a student elects to earn an Associate Degree in Science of Psychiatric Technology, he or she must:

1. Complete all major course requirements with a minimum grade of “C”

2. Complete 25 units of General Education Graduation requirements

3. Complete any electives courses to achieve a 60 minimum of units, and

4. Maintain an overall Grade Point Average of 2.00. At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College.