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The Psychiatric Technician Program is a full time program that requires a commitment of rigorous study for one year. This program is offered at The Department of State Hospitals-Atascadero in Atascadero, CA. Students attend classes and clinical rotations 5 days a week for 7 hours each day and are expected to pass each course with a minimum score of 77%. Students must have reliable transportation and be prepared to potentially drive as far south as Arroyo Grande and as far north as Paso Robles.

Department of State Hospitals-Atascadero
Psychiatric Technician Program Office
(805) 468-3175 phone
(805) 468-2285 fax

Psychiatric Technician Admission Application

 Deadline:  Friday, January 10, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Download Application Form PDF  


for class starting May 11, 2020

January 10, 2020 @ 3PM: Deadline to submit completed application with supporting documentation
January 15, 2020  Projected date for random draw
January 22, 2020 Letters to candidates advising status of random draw

What are Psychiatric Technicians?  An Overview

Applications to the Psychiatric Technician Program at the Department of State Hospitals-Atascadero are currently being accepted for May 2020 admission. You must be 18 years of age and have completed high school or GED equivalent to be considered. Completed applications must be received in the Psychiatric Technician Program Office at the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero, 10333 El Camino Real by 3:00 p.m., Friday - January 10, 2020.


Department of State Hospitals-Atascadero LCR
10333 El Camino Real
Informational Meeting Flyer (PDF)

Day Date Time
Tuesday December 3, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday December 5, 2019 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Click on the links below for more information:

Department of State Hospitals-Atascadero
Psychiatric Technician Program Office
Lindsay Byers, Program Director
Jessica Gastelo, Program Secretary
Mailing address: PO Box 7007, Atascadero CA 93423-7007
Physical address: 10333 El Camino Real, Atascadero CA