West Hills Community College District is continuing to expand its offerings to students interested in health careers.
Classes for the new psychiatric technician session will begin August 2012. They are held in three 16 week sessions and last 18 months. Classes begin two times a year: August, and December. The program is accredited by the State of California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
State officials are anxious for West Hills to provide training because of a shortage of psychiatric technicians around the state.
At this time applicants for the program qualify by passing West Hills College English and math placement exams or completion of Math 101 and English 51A with a “C” or better (3 units). During the course, materials cover information to prepare students for the state examinations that may qualify them for jobs. Applicants must also pass basic health screening, TB test, Drug screen, CPR certified (American Heart Association, for a health care provider, BLS only) and criminal records clearance.
During the 18 month training, two days a week are spent in classroom study and the other two days are spent in clinical settings. In addition, many students are able to work in related fields on the weekends to help supplement their incomes.
Applications are still being accepted for future classes. Total estimated costs associated with the West Hills’ program are less than $4,500.00 including tuition, books and fees. Financial aid and student loans are available for those who qualify. You can always receive financial help if eligible through Workforce Connection (559) 935-7880 or JTO (559) 585-3566
For more information on the psychiatric technician training please call West Hills at 559-934-2760 or visit http://www.westhillscollege.com/coalinga/academics/programs/health_careers/psych_tech/index.asp