Psychiatric Technician

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Psychiatric Technician

What They Do:

Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.

Also Known As:

Behavioral Health Technician, Health Care Technician, Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT), Mental Health Assistant (MHA), Mental Health Associate, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Technician (MHT), Mental Health Worker, Psychiatric Technician (PT), Residential Aide (RA)

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • American Association of Psychiatric Technicians (AAPT) LEVEL 1 Licensed Psychiatric Technician
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Higher levels of certification require more schooling and on the job work in mental health and disabilities related fields. 
  • No formal programs in Arkansas, certifications can be obtained through AAPT

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