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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 10. Psychiatric Technicians [4500 - 4548]

  ( Chapter 10 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1851. )

ARTICLE 4. Schools for Preparation of Psychiatric Technicians [4530 - 4532]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1851. )


The board shall prepare and maintain a list of approved schools which offer an approved program for psychiatric technicians.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 21. (SB 539) Effective January 1, 2012.)


The course of instruction of an approved school shall consist of not less than the number of hours or semester units of instruction required for the other program administered by the board. The subjects of instruction shall include the principles of the care of the mentally disabled and the developmentally disabled. Clinical inpatient experience shall be an integral part of that prescribed or equivalent course of study and training. The experience shall be obtained in a state hospital, except where the board finds that the requirement is not feasible due either to the distance of a state hospital from the school or the unavailability, as determined by the State Department of Developmental Services or the State Department of State Hospitals, of state hospital clinical training placements.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 24, Sec. 5. (AB 1470) Effective June 27, 2012.)


The board shall provide for the periodic inspection or review of all psychiatric technician schools in this state. Written reports of the inspection or review shall be made to the board, which shall then approve the psychiatric technician schools that meet the standards prescribed by it.

If the board determines from a report that any approved school is not maintaining its prescribed standards, it shall immediately give the school a notice in writing specifying the defect. If the defect is not corrected the board shall, after written notice, remove the school from the approved list.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 23. (SB 539) Effective January 1, 2012.)

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