Psychiatric Technician (Psych Tech) Program Information

The Psych Tech Training Program is located at the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero (DSH-Atascadero), in Atascadero, California. 

DSH-Atascadero, in affiliation with Cuesta College, offers a one year (3 terms) training program to become a licensed Psychiatric Technician.  Classes begin three times a year, with program start dates in January, May and September.

Cuesta's Psych Tech program is currently ranked #1 by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).  This program provides students with the necessary training to provide nursing and therapeutic services for the mentally ill, emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled, under the direction of a physician, psychiatrist, or registered nurse. 

Psych Tech Application and Admissions Information

Psych Tech Program Contact Information

Psych Tech Informational Meeting