Psychiatric Technician Program Description

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Incorporate principles from psychiatric, nursing, behavioral, and physical sciences in the provision of competent care to clients of different ages with different bio-psychosocial needs.
  2. Apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, medical, and rehabilitation of all clients.
  3. Provide care training for intellectually disabled persons.
  4. Adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of the psychiatric technician.
  5. Utilize critical thinking in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of client care.
  6. Organize, prioritize and delegate care for a group of clientswith effective communication with unit team members.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

PT 100

Fundamental of Nursing

96

9.5

This course begins with a historical perspective on the art and science of nursing and the legal and ethical aspects of the nursing profession. The nursing tools of critical thinking, communication skills, teaching ability and cultural sensitivity are presented and analyzed, with emphasis on the nursing process, nursing diagnoses, documentation, and exploration of the therapeutic nurse/client relationship. The core of the course emphasizes the Licensed Vocational Nurse’s and Psychiatric Technician’s role in meeting the basic physiologic needs of the client. Normal physiologic processes are presented as a means of comprehending abnormal processes.

PT 110

Anatomy and Physiology 56

5.5

Prerequisite: VN 001 – Essential Medical Bioscience.
This course covers the structure and function of the human body from the single cell through all body systems and the inter-relatedness of the structure and functions in the body are examined. Basic concepts of fluid, electrolyte and acid/base balance are included.

PT 120

Clinical Nutrition

32

3

Clinical Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals is a required course and a vital part of the Vocational Nurse and Psuchiatric Technician program, where the basics of Human Nutrition in Health and Disease will be considered. As opposed to General Nutrition courses, this Clinical Nutrition course focuses on Medical Nutrition Therapy pertaining specifically to Nursing Care in inpatient and/or outpatient setting. In this course, the main goal is to teach and prepare VN and PT students to complete basic screening, assessment of patient’s nutritional status, and participate in Medical Nutritional Interventions and Therapy, such as Therapeutic Diets, Mechanically-Altered Diets, Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Support, Pre- and Post-operative Nutrition therapy, and many others.

PT 130

Clinical Lab I

120

6

This practical skill lab course is an introduction to clinical practicum. Nursing skills are structured and covered in the following order: basic nursing skills which include basic principles of nursing such as role and responsibility of the nursing and psychiatric technician team, the nursing process and nursing and psychiatric care plan, delegation, patient and resident rights and medical asepsis followed by bathing, bed making, body mechanics and exercise, measurements, normal elimination, personal hygiene and grooming, concepts of safety and restraints, and preventing and treating pressure ulcers. Intermediate nursing skills include enteral nutrition, ostomy care, oxygenation, preoperative and postoperative nursing care, specimen collection, urinary catheter management, wound care, and suctioning. Advance nursing skills cover managing nonparenteral medications, and safe medication administration. Upon completion of this course students will be ready to apply their nursing skills in the real-life clinical settings.

PT 200

Medical Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians

88

8.5

This course covers basic pathology, signs, symptoms, incidence, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and medical and surgical conditions. Emphasis is placed on the effect and nursing implications of commonly used drugs and diet modifications are explored. The role of the practical nurse and psychiatric technician in caring for aging patients both in the home and medical settings are explored. Clinical experience and client centered conferences are used to reinforce classroom theory. In this course students are introduced to the foundation of medical-surgical nursing such as caring for clients with altered fluid, electrolyte, and acid- base balance, caring for clients in pain, experiencing shock, trauma, and critical illness.

PT 210 Pharmacology I

40

4

Pharmacology I is the first in the series of two required courses in Pharmacology as part of the Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician programs at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. In this class, discussions include drug regulations, drug classification and categorization, as well as methods of drug administration and drug metabolism. The basic concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapy will be discussed. By the end of this course, students will also be introduced and become knowledgeable in medications affecting cardiovascular system and drugs affecting fluid, acid-base, and electrolyte balance. Drugs affecting other organ systems will be briefly introduced, but discussed in further detail in the Advanced Pharmacology course later on.

PT 220

Internship II 278

9

The first clinical experience consists of clinical which is integrated with Medical-Surgical Nursing for Psychiatric Technicians. Clinical schedules will vary for each student and will provide the opportunity to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation. The student's ability to provide safe and effective care to selected clients with supervision by the clinical instructor is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area.

PT 300

Introduction to Modern Psychiatry/ Mental Disorders/Developmental Disabilities

96

9.5

This is the first course of the three course series, Introduction to Modern Psychiatry, Mental Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities. This course covers psychological and mental health concepts as they relate to the psychiatric technician. Also, this course will cover the etiology, pathophysiology and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.

PT 310

Pharmacology II

48

4.5

Pharmacology II is the second in the series of two required courses in Pharmacology as part of the Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician programs at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. In this class, we will continue to discuss medications affecting pulmonary system, Digestive System, Hormonal balance, musculoskeletal system. Antibiotics, Pain-management drugs, and drugs affecting central nervous system will be covered in detail.

PT 320

Internship III

278

9

This portion of the curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to continue to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation and sharpen their clinical skills. The student's ability to provide safe and effective special care is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area.

PT 400

Advanced Mental Disorders

40

4

The second part of the Mental Disorders, Modern Psychiatry and Developmental Disabilities series continues to cover more advanced pathology, signs, symptoms, prevalence, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and mental and developmental conditions. In this course students are covering assessment Organic Mental Syndromes, and Case Management. This course will cover the role of the Psychiatric Technician, Psychopharmacology, and Mental Health Nursing I and II. The course reviews management of assault behaviors, client’s rights, psychophysiological, neurotic and psychotic disorders, group therapy, crisis intervention, substance abuse, domestic violence.

PT 410 Advanced Developmental Disabilities

80

8

This course continues to cover more advanced pathology, signs, symptoms, incidence, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and mental and developmental conditions. In this course students continue to cover assessment and intervention of the client with developmental disabilities, etiologies, diseases associated with developmental disabilities, teaching and training using a developmental model, clients rights with developmental disabilities, tests and measurements, normalization, behavior modification, organic mental syndromes, and case management.

PT 420

Internship IV

278

9

This portion of the curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to clinical practice in a supervised situation in psychiatric rotation. The student's ability to provide safe and effective care to selected clients with a minimum of supervision by the clinical instructor is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area.

Total

1530

89.5