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  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall

    Award: Certificate

    Average Class Size: 20

    Program Length: 2 Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Day Classes

    Program Locations: Pueblo

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  • Career Information

    Would you like to be a vital front line care giver in the area of mental health? A career as a psychiatric technician would be a great choice for you.

    Psychiatric Technicians care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals, following physician instructions and hospital procedures. They monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff.  Technicians may participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene and administer oral medications and hypodermic injections.

    1. Helps patients with their personal hygiene, such as bathing and keeping beds, clothing and living areas clean.
    2. Administers oral medications and hypodermic injections, following physician’s prescriptions and hospital procedures.
    3. Takes and records measures of patient’s general physical condition, such as pulse, temperature, and respiration, to provide daily information.
    4. Observes patients to detect behavior patterns and reports observations to medical staff.
    5. Issues medications from dispensary and maintains records in accordance with specified procedures.
    6. Leads prescribed individual or group therapy sessions as part of specific therapeutic procedures.
    7. Intervenes to restrain violent or potentially violent or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required.
    8. Contacts patient’s relatives by telephone to arrange family conferences.
    9. Completes initial admittance forms for new patients

    What Will I Learn
    This program teaches you to use basic nursing skills and psychiatric principles to interact with and care for clients in a therapeutic manner and monitor treatment modalities. You will learn to perform basic nursing skills, administer medications, conduct one-to-one relationship development, and participate in group therapy. When you successfully complete all program requirements, you are awarded a certificate and are eligible to take the standardized examination leading to state licensure. The program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

    Our Experienced Faculty
    Representing a number of qualified and highly experienced nurses, our faculty members are trained teachers providing quality education to students.  

    Our Cutting Edge Facilities
    The PCC nursing and psychiatric technician department offers an array of learning tools and cutting edge technology to enhance the student experience and overall education.  We provide labs with numerous low and high fidelity mannequins and realistic hospital besides and equipment.  Our new Human Patient Simulation Lab is located on a hospital unit and allows students to experience a variety of real life scenarios in adult, pediatric and maternity care.  Students learn clinical skills though faculty directed labs and clinical rotations at local hospitals allowing students to be a part of actual hospital experiences. 

    THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.