This program is designed to prepare students to become Psychiatric Technicians who provide quality care to assist patients in attaining their maximum level of wellness. Graduates are eligible to take the state licensing examination. The program is accredited by:

California State Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833.

Students are admitted in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students must complete program prerequisites, support courses, required courses, and apply and be accepted to the program. To enroll in the program, students must pass a Livescan background check and meet the health requirements. California law allows for denial of the PT license based on any conviction or legal action related to PT practice. 

Prerequisites for the Psychiatric Technology Program

  1. High school completion (official transcript or Diploma or G.E.D., AA Degree, BS Degree, or foreign graduate that has been evaluated by AERC (American Educational Research Corporation), or IERF (International Education Research Foundation), or World Education Services.
  2. Complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher:
    ENGL 101College Composition4
    or ENGL 101H College Composition - Honors
    PSYCH 100General Psychology3
    or PSYCH 100H General Psychology - Honors
    MATH 108Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
    or PSYCH 105 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    Human Anatomy and Physiology - Select one series from the following:
    BIOL 155Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 14
    BIOL 250
    BIOL 251
    Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    BIOL 260
    BIOL 261
    Human Anatomy
    and Human Physiology
  3. Students have the option to enroll in PSYCH 110PSYCH 111, or PSYCH 112 if PSYCH 100 or PSYCH 100H was completed more than 5 years ago.
  4. BIOL 155 and PSYCH 100 must be completed within 5 years of starting the program. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated for equivalency by an approved agency. See program Director/Department Chair.

BIOL 155BIOL 261 (or BIOL 250 & BIOL 251) must be taken within 5 years of application to the program; Fully online sciences will not be accepted. BIOL 250 & BIOL 251 must be completed at the same regionally accredited institution. 

 Application to the Psychiatric Technician

Applications to the Psychiatric Technician program may only be submitted when all program prerequisites have been completed. Applications must be submitted online via the link provided on the SBVC Psychiatric Technician webpage. The applications will be accepted March 1 – 15 for entry in the fall and September 1-15 for entry in the Spring. The application will not be accepted if falsification or inaccurate information is provided. Submit the following to Admission & Records prior to submitting the application:

  1. Official college transcripts from all colleges or universities attended except for SBVC or Crafton Hills College. Transcripts must be issued within the last 6 months and document that the program prerequisites have been completed. If transcripts are from a foreign country, they must be evaluated for equivalency - see Admission Clerk.
  2. High School completion document.

Acceptance Procedure

Effective Fall 2019 the Psychiatric Technology Program will select students through a point system. All prerequisites must be completed prior to applying, no exceptions. Once the application period has closed, the acceptance committee will review all completed applications. Students ranked with the highest points will then be selected for entry. Applicants will be notified via email and Canvas of their application status.