Resources & FAQs
- 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
California Prison Healthcare Services
Steve Reid, Recruiter
Advancing Behavioral Healthcare
6060 Paramount Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90805
(562) 634-8560 Fax
Maxim Care: San Diego
Kelly Prosser, Accounts Manager
Jennifer Myers, Recruiting Manager
(800) 903-8532 Ext. 24
Medical Workforce Solutions. Inc
3333 East Concours, Bldg 6, Suite 6201
Ontario, CA 91764
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
Independent Options Inc.
P.O. Box 2197
Corona, CA 92878
1180 Olympic Drive
Corona, CA 92881
(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
OMV Medical Inc.
(619) 297-0558 Fax
Hy-Lond Home in Garden Grove
9861 11th St.
Garden Grove, CA 92844
Real Time Staffing Solutions
Call Regis Johnson or Dr. Darell Moore
(866) 513-8415 Fax
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) 666-1417 Fax
(Mentally Ill Offenders Program)
437 N. Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004
San Bernardino Community Hospital
1805 Medical Center Dr.
San Bernardino, CA 92411
- California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
- California Department of Mental Health
- California Department of Developmental Services
- California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
- California Association of Psychiatric Technician Educators
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.