Psychiatric Technology Application Dates and Health Science Application Login

Psychiatric Technology Program Application Information

Psychiatric Technology Application Checklist

Psychiatric Technology Workshop Dates

Build Your Future as a Psychiatric Technician

A psychiatric technician is a licensed member of the professional health services team who works with individuals who are mentally ill or developmentally disabled. Psychiatric technicians may find jobs training developmentally disabled individuals in the community or at developmental centers, or caring for mentally ill people in the prison health system. There is also work available in private and state mental hospitals. The program prepares the student to meet the requirements for psychiatric technician licensure examination. The program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

The program is ideal for people who are interested in becoming healthcare or human service professionals; people who are interested in helping people with emotional, psychiatric, or developmental disabilities; and people who are interested in career mobility into the fields of registered nursing, special education, clinical and forensic psychology, or social work.

Tech Ed III, Room 200

Program Objectives

The Psychiatric Technology program prepares students to meet the requirements for licensure as a Psychiatric Technician in the state of California. A Psychiatric Technician is a licensed member of the professional health care services team working with people who have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Employed by private and state hospitals and many community facilities, Psychiatric Technicians also find a variety of jobs available in the fields of correctional mental health, human and developmental disability services. These include outpatient settings, substance abuse treatment programs, special education and many other areas promoting mental health. There are career advancement opportunities available in the areas of counseling, education, nursing, and vendorization of services.

The program is accredited by, and conforms to the regulations of the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the State Board Licensure Examination.

Frequently Asked Questions

Psychiatric Technology Application Checklist

Items to be completed before to applying to a Health Science program:
☐Review the program webpage for program information and the program brochure for prerequisite requirements and selection criteria.
☐Complete the sample application to prepare for the online application (see page 3 within this document).
☐Attend a Health Science Workshop (This is optional, but strongly recommended). Speak with a Health Science Counselor for any questions or concerns regarding application (This is optional).
☐Apply to Cypress College as a general student and obtain a myGateway Student ID #. Example @01234567. It can take up to 5 business days. Applying to a Health Science program is a separate application.
☐Review the myGateway instructions on the Cypress College website. Once a myGateway Student ID # has been provided, log into the myGateway account to do the next 3 items:

☐Obtain unofficial Cypress College and/or Fullerton College transcripts if any completed or in progress coursework is being used within the application. A current copy, in pdf format, will be required to be uploaded within the online Health Science application during each application period if a Cypress and/or Fullerton College course is used to apply to the program. Within myGateway, click on WebStar, open the Student Records folder, click on View Unofficial Web Transcript, and save the unofficial transcript as a pdf document.
☐Send official transcripts from other colleges to Cypress College Admission and Records. Admission and Records will not accept transcripts opened prior to submission, PDF documents sent from a student, unofficial transcripts, or a Cypress College transcript. Allow 5 or more business days for transcripts to be processed. All transcripts must be submitted and processed by the official transcript due date.

To digitally send a transcript (directly from school to school) –

Use or choose Cypress College (if the option is provided during the ordering process)

To mail official transcripts to Cypress College use this address –

Cypress College

Admission and Records – Transcripts

9200 Valley View St.

Cypress, CA 90630

NOTE – If you sent official transcripts to Cypress College before being provided a Cypress College or Fullerton College student id# (same # is used for both colleges), you must contact Cypress College Admission and Records and request for your transcript to be uploaded to your id# in the transcript database.

☐It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the most current transcript when applying/reapplying to a program.

Applicants must submit a new and more current transcript if…

  • had coursework in progress during the semester I previously applied
  • have current prerequisite coursework in progress (must list college on application, but can provide unofficial transcript for the in-progress coursework only. Any prior attempted and/or completed coursework must be on an official transcript.)
  • did not provide an official transcript when previously applied (excluding Cypress and Fullerton College)
  • Cypress and Fullerton unofficial transcripts must be uploaded within the online application each application period

Applicants do not need to submit a transcript again if…

  • they have already submitted an official transcript AND NO changes have occurred to that transcript.(See above list of changes that require a new transcript.)

Items to be completed during Health Science program application:

☐Log into the online Health Science Application using myGateway credentials (8-digit student I.D., also called a “banner I.D.”, and an accompanying password).
☐Fill in the Health Science online application for the program applying for. Only one application is allowed per application period. It is the applicant’s responsibility to fill in the application fully and correctly.
☐Be prepared to upload pdf documents if needed. Current unofficial transcript(s) for Cypress and/or Fullerton College, if using coursework to apply, will be required to be uploaded within online Health Science application each application period. Other possible items: unofficial transcripts showing in-progress coursework, copy of High School diploma (not transcripts), etc.
☐Once completed, click the submit button. A confirmation email will be sent containing the application number and further instructions.
☐Follow the instructions within the confirmation email to complete the application process. The transcripts listed on the confirmation email do not reflect the current status of the Admission and Records transcript office.
☐Failure to provide a complete application packet will result in an ineligible application.
☐An applicant’s account will be locked once an application is submitted online. Updates or changes can be completed during the program’s next application period.

Notification Letter

☐The Health Science Applications Office will contact all applicants with a notification letter no later than May 1 for fall consideration and December 1 for spring consideration. Please do not contact the college for a status update before to the notification letter date unless instructed to do so by the Health Science staff or faculty.
☐It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Health Science Applications Office by May 2 for fall consideration and December 2 for spring consideration if a notification letter email was not received. Deadline to respond is about 3 business days. Failure to respond to an Accepted and Alternate status notification letter email will result in the application being marked as declined and will be removed from the roster.
☐Ineligible applications – It is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire about the reason their application was ineligible and correct any errors during the next application period.
☐If an applicant would like to discuss the application once applicants have received the notification letter, please contact a Health Science Counselor during business hours: Health Science Express Counseling-Cranium Café Lobby, or call (714) 484-7015 for appointment (if available) or Counselor hours of availability for virtual “walk-ins.”

Students can earn an associate degree or a certificate.

Two years of Psych Tech classes for a certificate.

Two years of Psych Tech classes plus general education (often two years) for an associate degree.


The program is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. Units vary by course, but the average is three units per course. The unit cost for the associate degree will vary depending upon the number of prerequisites needed. Most students also qualify for some form of financial aid.

Program Mapper: View course options for this program, below.

This program requires an application. Please read the Psychiatric Technology Program (PDF) Information Sheet to get detailed information about the application process for admission to the Psychiatric Technology Program.

Carefully read the following sections of the information sheet:

  • Program Objectives
  • Who Becomes a Psychiatric Technician?
  • Minimum Standards for Applicants
  • Application Procedures
  • Selection Criteria
  • Associate in Science Degree Psychiatric Technician
  • Psychiatric Technician Certificate Curriculum
  • Where Are Psychiatric Technicians Employed?
  • What is the Typical Salary Range for Psychiatric Technicians?

It is highly recommended that students attend a workshop for more detailed information.  The Health Science Workshop Schedule and Reservations flyer is here: