Psychiatric Technician/Technology

The Psychiatric Technician Program is a 51-week educational program approved by the State of California's Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). The program prepares graduates to take the State of California licensing examination. Licensed Psychiatric Technicians are qualified to practice in a variety of health care settings and provide patient care within the parameters of the Psychiatric Technician scope of practice. A San Joaquin Delta College certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.
The Associate Degree in Psychiatric Technology provides an additional level of advanced education, which broadens the scope of educational and career opportunities for graduates of the Psychiatric Technician Program. Students who complete one of the general education patterns (AA-GE, CSU-GE, or IGETC-CSU can qualify for an Associate in Science Degree in Psychiatric Technology upon completion of the Psychiatric Technician Program.

St. Joseph's Behavioral Health Center, Kaiser Manteca Medical Center, California Health Care Facility, San Joaquin General Hospital, and San Joaquin County Mental Health Services are among the local health care facilities providing clinical learning sites.

Admission Information

Additional information concerning requirements for the Psychiatric Technician Program may be obtained online at

Students are admitted once a year. Prior to admission to the Psychiatric Technician Program, the student must:

  • Be admitted to San Joaquin Delta College, in good standing with no holds on college records
  • Satisfy the College assessment placement test requirements
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a "C" or better grade
  • Complete the online Psychiatric Technician Program Application
  • Possess a valid Social Security number (SSN) as required by the state Board of Vocational Nurses & Psychiatric Technicians for licensure
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED

Prerequisite Course Information

Psychiatric Technician Program prerequisites include:

  • HS 036 (Medical Terminology and Speech); and,
  • HS/FCS 019 (Human Development); and,
  • PSYCH 001 (Introduction to Psychology); and,
  • BIOL 031 (Human Anatomy); or
  • BIOL 033 (Anatomy and Physiology)*

*This course requires completion of CHEM 003A which requires completion of MATH 90 with a grade of "C" or better. Applicants who have completed at least two semesters of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or better, and Algebra 1 in high school, with a grade of "C" or better, may have met these requirements. Please see a College counselor to discuss this option.

Application Procedure

Candidates must be admitted to San Joaquin Delta College or submit a College Application for Admission online at prior to submitting the online application to the Psychiatric Technician program.

Candidates must be:

18 years of age

A high school graduate* OR possess any one of the following:

  • Official General Education Development (GED) certification (in official, sealed envelope); or,
  • Official California High School Proficiency (CHSP) certificate (in official, sealed envelope); or,

All candidates must satisfy the College assessment placement test requirements.

Candidates must complete all prerequisite courses (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or higher AND demonstrate a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for program prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submitting an online application to the program.

Prerequisite courses completed at United States regionally accredited colleges or universities other than San Joaquin Delta College must be comparable in theory and laboratory content, and hours of instruction to San Joaquin Delta College courses. Official transcripts for prerequisite courses taken at colleges other than San Joaquin Delta College must be submitted with the application along with course descriptions and outlines for these courses. Course comparability will be determined by the College evaluators. A grade of "C" AND a minimal cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required for these courses.

Applications are online and are usually accepted once a year. Submission dates will be posted online, Students admitted to the program are required to attend classes during the spring, summer, and fall terms.

Selection Procedure

Students are admitted by random selection from the pool of qualified candidates.

Health, Safety and Background Clearance Requirements

Health and safety requirements necessary for admission to hospital clinical practice sites (details will be provided in the PT Admissions Packet) include:

  • Background Clearance for criminal history
  • Physical Exam
  • Immunizations, TB, and Hepatitis and other disease screening
  • Drug Screen
  • Current CPR card. The only CPR accepted is American Heart Association BLS [Basic Life Support] for Healthcare Providers. (Online CPR courses are not accepted)
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • LiveScan fingerprint clearance through FBI and DOJ

For Additional Information

Information regarding program requirements, application process, and selection procedures is available online at Other immunizations and lab tests may be required by the different hospitals and clinical sites. Further information regarding medical screening will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Recognition is given for prior education and training. A Licensed Vocational Nurse from an accredited institution may be eligible to enter the program as an advanced placement student. LVN-PT applications will be available online at Program requirements and procedures may change. Please see SJDC Health Sciences web site for the most current information.

Students requesting transfer to the PT program from other Psychiatric Technician Programs are directed to apply online during one of the regular application periods and select the "transfer" option. Official transcripts of course work completed in other programs in addition to detailed course syllabi, course outlines and objectives as well as a recommendation letter from the former Dean/Director must be submitted for determination of acceptance and placement into the program. San Joaquin Delta College Psychiatric Technician Program policies do not allow transfers from students who have failed or been dismissed from other Psychiatric Technician programs.