Psychiatric Technician


Psychiatric Technician

Train for a healthcare career in just weeks!

The Psychiatric Technician Program prepares students for entry-level work in the mental health field. Psychiatric Technicians observe and assist mental health patients with daily living activities, therapeutic activities, and socialization. They take and record vital signs and are responsible for maintaining a therapeutic environment to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Students will learn about normal growth and behavior before exploring common mental and behavioral disorders, symptoms, and treatments. They also learn about chemical dependencies, withdrawals, and treatments. Students are then taught effective communication and de-escalation techniques, as well as documenting patient behavior, recording vital signs, and more.

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Psychiatric Technician

134 Program hours

102 Classroom/32 clinical

  • First 4 weeks: Classroom Instruction and Lab Practice
  • Final Week: Clinical Rotations

Course Topics Include:

  • Role and responsibilities of Psychiatric Technicians
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Vital sign assessment
  • Effective and therapeutic communication with psychiatric patients
  • The different psychiatric diagnoses
  • Documentation
  • Proper de-escalation techniques
  • Establishing boundaries


Tuition: $2,400*
Tuition includes:

  • 102 classroom hours of instruction
  • 32 clinical hours of experience
  • Textbook
  • Drug test
  • Criminal background check
  • Lab fees

Students are responsible for procuring and providing proof of:

  • TB skin test
  • Flu vaccine
  • Covid-19 vaccine
  • MMR vaccine or a Titer proving prior exposure


* Students may drop a program three (3) business days before the start date and receive a full tuition refund. Incurred costs associated with the class will not be refunded, such as background checks, drug tests, or other supplies or textbooks that were not returned unopened. Students who drop after the 3-day grace period are not eligible for a refund.

Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify. Please contact us to learn about options.

Tina Miller
SkillUP Program Support Specialist
(573) 518-3840


Misty Weston
Psychiatric Technician Instructor
(573) 518-2149

For more information, please contact

Tina Miller
Program Support Specialist
Office T1