Program Requirements

Minimum Standards for Applicants

  1. Eligible for admission to Cypress College.
  2. Graduation from high school, completion of the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 45, or passing the high school proficiency examination. Possession of an associate degree or higher satisfies this requirement.
  3. Completion of ENGL 58/ESL 185 or a comparable course with a grade of “C” or better, or submission of test scores that indicate eligibility for ENGL 60/ESL 186.
  4. Completion of Biology 160 and Psychology 101 with a “C” or better or provide transcript showing courses in progress.

Application Procedure

  1. Meet with a counselor to determine fulfillment of minimum standards. To make a Counseling appointment call the Counseling Center at (714) 484-7015.  The Counseling Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center-Located off Parking Lot #1.
  2. Complete the Psychiatric Technician program application which may be obtained for the Health Science Application office or the Health Science Division office, 2nd Floor of the Technical Education building, room 200.
  3. Attach supporting documentation. This includes a copy of high school diploma, GED, or college degree and proof of meeting the minimum standards of application.

Prerequisites for Psychiatric Technician Program

  • PSY 101 General Psychology, 3 Units
  • BIOL 160 Anatomy & Physiology, 3 Units

Co-Requisite in First Semester

PSY 139 Developmental Psychology, 3 Units. This course will prepare the Psychiatric Technician Student to explore topics related to normal psychological development and how to relate developmental theory to individuals with varying degrees of developmental disabilities.

Selection Criteria

  1. Twenty-four students are selected for admission each fall and spring semesters.
  2. Applicants who meet the minimum standards will assigned points based on required prerequisites completed or in progress.
  3. Upon selection for the program, but prior to the start of classes, the candidate will be required to obtain a physical examination and show proof of required immunizations. The Cypress College Student Health Center is available to assist students with examinations by appointment at (714) 484-7361.
  4. Students selected for admission to the program must obtain a Professional Provider level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card prior to attending clinical training and must maintain current certification throughout the program.
  5. If you have been convicted of a criminal offense, your eligibility to enroll in the program may be affected.  All students will be fingerprinted and cleared by the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) before enrolling in PT 110.


  • COUN 140 Educational Planning—this course is intended to orientate new students to college life and responsibilities while at Cypress College and to assist the student to develop an educational plan.
  • HS 52 Selected Topics in Health Sciences—Skills Lab
  • HS 80 Selected Topics/State Board Review Course