Mental Health Technician
480 hours (approximately 5 months full-time)
Traditional – 100% classroom based
Hybrid – less that 50% of required instructional hours available via distance education (online)
Days & Times:
Monday – Friday 7:05 am – 1:50 pm
Note: Clinical externship hours may vary.
The purpose of the program is to prepare students for employment as Mental Health Technicians, Psychiatric Aids or Technicians, and Nursing Assistants. Mental Health Technicians work in a variety of healthcare facilities under the supervision of a psychiatrist, registered nurse, counselor or social worker and participate in the development and implementation of basic nursing care and therapeutic treatment plans for patients with mental health issues. Students will receive training in physical assessment, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, developmental disabilities, health/wellness education, emergency and crisis intervention, and basic nursing assistant skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination given by the Florida Board of Nursing.
Additional Skills Covered:
- Bloodborne Diseases HIV/AIDS, HBV
- Communication & Interpersonal Skills
- Computer Literacy
- CPR, BLS Healthcare Provider
- Cultural Competency
- Employability Skills
- Infection Control Procedures
- Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
- Medical Terminology
- Nursing Assistant Skills
- Responding to Emergency Situations
- Safety & Security Procedures
- Wellness & Disease Concepts
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING REGISTRATION:
Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program. For information specific to Mental Health Technician, please e-mail the counselor at [email protected]
Students enrolling in any Health Science Education program must attend a Health Science program orientation. At that time, information about the required Level II criminal background check and drug screening, per The Joint Commission, will be fully explained. Students who do not have a valid social security number may encounter difficulty with certain state licensing agencies and registries. Contact the program counselor for specific information.
Industry Certification Exam & State Credential:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.
College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibilty requirements, students may transfer into another Health Science program at on one of Broward’s Technical Colleges with advanced standing.
To get started in the Mental Health Technician program, sign up today for a program orientation.
Job Outlook in the South Florida Tri-County Area:
According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the current South Florida Tri-County entry annual salary range for Mental Health Technician positions is approximately $23,200 – $27,500. Actual wages may vary according to education, certifications, and experience.