Mental Health Technician

Flexible Online Learning to Master Mental Health Care Essentials for Your Career

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Program Overview

Are you passionate about supporting mental health and seeking a rewarding career? College of Western Idaho (CWI), in partnership with CareerStep, provide you the perfect opportunity to become a  mental health technician. In this program, you receive an immersive learning experience, providing you with foundational knowledge in mental health care.

This self-paced, online program provides you an understanding of the basics of mental health, patient care, and therapeutic communication. You will learn about various mental health disorders, treatment approaches, and the role of a mental health technician in a clinical setting. This program is not only about acquiring knowledge; it is about equipping you with the skills and knowledge to pass the Mental Health Technician Certification exam through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

Degree or Certificate Type




Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

4 months

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Learning Opportunities

  • Understanding Mental Health Disorders: Learn about various mental health conditions and their impact on patients.
  • Therapeutic Communication: Master the art of effective communication with patients and healthcare professionals.
  • Patient Care Techniques: Acquire skills in providing compassionate and effective care to patients.
  • Professional Development: Prepare for national certification, enhancing your employability and professional growth.
  • Clinical Setting Familiarity: Gain insights into the workings of mental health facilities and the role of technicians.

Area of Study

Minimum age requirement to start this program is 18.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion




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Career Opportunities

  • Psychiatric Technicians

    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.


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  • Psychiatric Aides

    Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.



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    • cost and payment options
    • career information
    • and more.


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