Mental Health Technician

The Mental Health technician curriculum provides study in coordinating mental health care services, assisting in patient assessment, monitoring and documenting care, and identifying personal needs of mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for students to become a certified mental health technician, psychiatric aide, or mental health assistant, working primarily in a supporting role under the direction of a supervising mental health care professional such as a psychiatrist or medical doctor. At the completion of the program, graduates are qualified to obtain the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians level 2 certification.

The skills and duties as specified by AAPT are:

  • Basic Nursing
  • Documentation
  • Patient Assessment
  • Treatment Plan Development
  • Therapeutic Activities
  • Patient/Family Education
  • Treatment Plan Implementation
  • Treatment Evaluation
  • Group Process
  • Addictive Disorders
  • Geriatric Care

All Mental Health Technician students will undergo 348 hours of training; 60 of which will occur in a clinical mental health setting. Courses will be offered predominately online over the course of 16 weeks.