A.S., Psychiatric Technician

C.A., Psychiatric Technician


The Psychiatric Technician Program (PSYT) prepares students to utilize the nursing process in the provision of care and treatment to individuals with mental and/or intellectual impairment under the supervision of a physician, psychologist and/or registered nurse. Psychiatric Technicians participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, assist patients with activities of daily living, and administer medications and treatments.

Upon completion of the program students are eligible to take the Psychiatric Technician state licensure exam leading to licensure as a California Psychiatric Technician. The Cuesta Psychiatric Technician courses are taught at the training facilities of the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero (DSH-A) in Atascadero, CA, located half way between Cuesta’s San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles campuses. Hands-on internship experience is part of the training.

Where are they employed:

State Hospitals Psychiatric Technician Programs
Day Treatment Centers Geropsychiatric Centers
Developmental Centers Residential Care Facilities
Correctional Facilities Vocational Training Centers
Psychiatric Hospitals & Clinics Substance Abuse Treatment Programs


Community Mental Health Centers State Correctional Facilities
Psychiatric Hospital Setting State Hospital Setting
Residential Mental Health Facilities  


Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer