Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

Psychiatric Technology

Semester I

This is the first semester of a three-semester program and is offered in modules. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in each module to remain in the Psychiatric Technology Program. It is recommended that students take the assessment test and place level 2 in English, reading and math. In addition, it is recommended that students take English P050 and Math P061. Students are required to take Anatomy P052 and PTVN P009 or PTVN P010C and achieve a grade of “C” or higher prior to beginning the first semester. There is an application process required for admission into the program. A current CPR certification is required. Information is available on the Health Careers Division website http://www.portervillecollege.edu/healthcareers or in the Health Careers office in HC-2071.

 

P009 – Nursing Fundamental Concepts2 units

Prerequisite: None.

Total lecture 36 hours. Introduction to basic concepts that form the foundation of nursing practice. A brief history of the nursing profession is discussed. Concepts relating to professionalism and nursing ethics are outlined in relationship to health care providers. The nursing process is introduced and related to critical thinking. Math utilized when administering medications will be covered. Basic terminology relevant to the nursing field of practice is covered generally and by body systems. Student resources important to their education in the health field are outlined. Students will also be required to research an assigned topic and write a research paper. Course is also offered online. (A)

 

P010A – Fundamentals of Nursing4 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PTVN P010D unless student has already received credit for the clinical courses.

Total lecture 72 hours per semester. A study of the basic nursing skills needed to provide Total patient care for patients in all age groups. The basic skills include ethics, the nursing process as it applies to communication, body mechanics, medical and surgical asepsis, hygiene, safety, charting, basic physical assessment, nutritional requirements and pharmacology. (A)

 

P010B – Introduction to Medical/ Surgical Nursing5 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PTVN P010D unless student has already received credit for the clinical courses.

Total lecture 90 hours per semester. A study of health and illness using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs as a theoretical approach. The cause of disease and the many factors influencing health/illness are reviewed. Major body systems are studied with emphasis on assessment, common disorders including etiology, symptoms, medical, nursing, pharmacological, nutritional and rehabilitation interventions. Education of the patient and family is emphasized with sensitivity to cultural needs. (A)

 

P010C – Life Span Development2 units

Prerequisite: None..

Total lecture 36 hours. Surveys the developmental process from conception to death. The emphasis is on mental and emotional development and developmental milestones of the normal individual across the entire life span. This course is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Psychiatric Technician program. (A)

 

P010D – Clinical Practice6 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with theory courses PTVN P010A and PTVN P010B unless student has already received credit for the theory courses.

Total laboratory 324 hours per semester. Clinical practice is done in affiliating hospitals. This course includes the demonstration and practice of basic nursing procedures using the nursing process. The student is functioning as a member of the health team in order to provide individual Total patient care to patients in all age groups. This course includes the administration of medications. This course is offered only on a pass/no-pass grading system. (A)

 

P015A – Fundamentals of Nursing4 credits

Prerequisite: ANAT P052 and PTVN P010C. Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P015F unless student has received credit in that course.

Total lecture 72 hours. A study of the basic nursing skills needed to provide competent and total care to patients/clients of all age groups. The basic skills include ethics, the nursing process as it applies to communication, body mechanics, medical and surgical asepsis, hygiene and infection control, documentation, basic physical assessment, nutritional requirements, and medication administration and monitoring. (A)

 

P015B – Medical-Surgical Nursing I 2.5 units

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P015F unless student already has received credit in that course.

Total lecture 45 hours. This course includes a study of health and illness using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a theoretical approach. The many causes of disease and factors influencing health/illness are reviewed. Major body systems are studied with an emphasis on assessment and common disorders including etiology, symptoms, medical, nursing, pharmacological, nutritional and rehabilitation interventions. Education of the patient and family is emphasized with an understanding of cultural differences and sensitivity to cultural needs. (A)

 

P015C – Medical-Surgical Nursing II 2.5 units

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P015F unless student has already received credit in the course.

Total lecture 45 hours. This course offers a continued study of health and illness using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a theoretical approach. The many causes of disease and factors influencing health/illness are reviewed. Additional major body systems are studied with an emphasis on assessment and common disorders including etiology, symptoms, medical, nursing, pharmacological, nutritional and rehabilitation interventions. Education of the patient and family is emphasized with an understanding of cultural differences and sensitivity to cultural needs. (A)

 

P015D- Pharmacology I1 unit

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P015F unless student has already received credit in the course.

Total lecture 18 hours. This module provides an introduction to the role of the Psychiatric Technician in medication administration and monitoring. It also provides an introduction of basic pharmacological principles, terminology associated with medication administration, drug terminology, sources of drug information, federal legislation, and cultural, ethical, and lifespan considerations. It additionally introduces medications by specific classifications. (A)

 

P015E – Pharmacology II 1 unit

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P015F unless student already has credit in the class.

Total lecture 18 hours. This module continues to expand on the role of the Psychiatric Technician in medication administration and monitoring. It also continues to expand on basic pharmacological principles, terminology associated with medication administration, drug terminology, sources of drug information, federal legislation, and cultural, ethical, and lifespan considerations. It additionally provides an indepth exploration of medications by specific classification. (A)

 

P015F – Clinical Practice 6 units

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P015A, PSYT P015B, PSYT P015C, PSYT P015D and PSYT P015E unless student has received credit in course.

Total laboratory 324 hours. Clinical practice is done in affiliating hospitals and other healthcare agencies. This course includes the demonstration and practice of basic nursing care applying the nursing process. The student functions as a member of the health care team in order to provide individual, total care to patients/clients of all age groups. This course includes the administration of medications and treatment procedures. This course is offered only on a pass/no-pass grading system. (A)

 

Semester II

This is a second semester of a three-semester program and is offered in modules. Students must achieve a “C” or higher in each module to remain in the Psychiatric Technology Program. They must also have completed modules PTVN P010A through P010D or P015A through P015F with a grade of “C” or higher in each module.

P020A – Developmental Disabilities 2.5 units

Prerequisite: Course must be taken concurrently with clinical course Psychiatric Technology P020F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 45 hours. This course includes the study of the causes, classifications, diagnosis and prevention of developmental disabilities. (A)

 

P020B – Understanding and Promoting Personal Development and Adjustment of the Developmentally Disabled2 units

Prerequisite: Course must be taken concurrently with clinical course Psychiatric Technology P020F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. This course includes a study of the role of the Psychiatric Technician in meeting the needs of the developmentally disabled in all age groups. (A)

 

P020C – Principles and Practices of Behavioral Support for the Developmentally Disabled2 units

Prerequisite: Course must be taken concurrently with clinical course Psychiatric Technology P020F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. This course includes a study of the role of the psychiatric technician in behavior management of clients with developmental disabilities. The principles of behavior modification are studied from historical origins to present day concepts. (A)

 

P020D – Pharmacology: Concepts and Practices1.5 units

Prerequisite: Course must be taken concurrently with clinical course Psychiatric Technology P020F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 27 hours. This course includes a study of the action, usual dosage, side effects and special nursing measures of drugs commonly prescribed for the developmentally disabled. Calculation of medication dosage is included as a review. (A)

 

P020E – Therapeutics of Communication AND Relationships2 units

Prerequisite: Course must be taken concurrently with clinical course Psychiatric Technology P020F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. This course includes a study of the fundamentals of communication, therapeutic self, self-awareness, therapeutic communications, communication processes and communication barriers. Also included are effective communication practice, the development and progression of interpersonal relationships, communication strategies and the therapeutic environment. (A)

 

P020F – Clinical Practice6 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with theory course Psychiatric Technology P020A-E unless student has already received credit for the theory courses.

Total laboratory 324 hours. Clinical practice is done in affiliating hospitals to aid the student in functioning as a member of the health team. An introduction to the application of skills utilized in changing the behavior of residents with health, socializing, behavioral and other problems. Clinical practice in administering medications is done by students. This course is offered only on a pass/no-pass grading system. (A)

 

P025A – Developmental Disabilities I5 units

Corequisite: This course must be taken concurrently with PSYT P025D unless student has already received credit for that course.

Total lecture 90 hours. This course introduces the basic concepts and correct terminology related to intellectual and developmental disabilities. It includes a study of the causes, classifications, and diagnostic features of many specific groups of intellectual and developmental disorders. It also introduces students to commonly seen maladaptive or challenging behaviors exhibited by those with intellectual and developmental disorders along with effective behavioral treatment techniques and strategies commonly used. (A)

 

P025B – Developmental Disabilities II 4 units

Corequisite: This course must be taken concurrently with PSYT P025D unless student has already received credit for that course.

Total lecture 72 hours. This course introduces students to the concepts, issues and treatments related to individuals with both an intellectual or developmental disability and a co-existing psychiatric disorder. It also introduces the concept of normalization and the implications to the individual, family, school, and community at large. It then covers the topic of standardized testing tools and the function of case management. Finally, it addresses issues, both ethical and cultural, which arise in caring for these individuals. (A)

 

P025C – Pharmacology III 1 unit

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P025D unless student has already received credit in the course.

Total lecture 18 hours. This module continues to expand on the role of the Psychiatric Technician in medication administration and monitoring. It focuses on the use of medication in managing psychiatric disorders. It continues to expand on pharmacological principles, terminology associated with medication administration, drug terminology, sources of drug information, federal legislation, and cultural, ethical, and lifespan considerations. It covers psychotropic medications by specific classifications. (A)

 

P025D – Clinical Practice 6 units

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P025A, PSYT P025B, and PSYT P025C unless student has already received credit in course.

Total laboratory 324 hours. Clinical practice is done in affiliating hospitals and health care facilities, special education schools and workshops, child care centers and Head Start classes and community care homes. Students practice a variety of clinical skills, including medication and treatment administration, behavioral intervention techniques and adaptive skill training strategies and approaches. This course is offered only on a pass/no-pass grading system. (A)

 

Semester III

This is the third semester of a three-semester program and is offered in modules. Students must achieve a “C” or higher in each module to remain in the Psychiatric Technology Program. They must also have completed modules P020A through P020F or P025A through P025D with a grade of “C” or higher in each module.

 

P030A – Psychiatric Nursing Practice: Resp and Approaches1.5 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PSYT P030F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 27 hours. A study of the legal aspects of psychiatric hospitalization, the Psychiatric Technician Law and mental health legislation. There is an emphasis on the nursing process as it applies to the therapeutic process and assessment of patients/clients. The psychiatric technician’s role on the interdisciplinary team is discussed including documentation. (A)

 

P030B – Psychopathology I – Major Mental Illness2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PSYT P030F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. A study of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders and anxiety and related disorders. Diagnostic criteria, symptoms associated with the disorders and management is explored. The therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, pharmacotherapy and milieu management are emphasized. (A)

 

P030C – Crisis Assessment AND Intervention1.5 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PSYT P030F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 27 hours. A study of stress and the human response to stress both physiological and psychological. Identifies the stages, dynamics of a crisis and therapeutic intervention. Assessment tools are discussed including legal aspects and violence potential. (A)

 

P030D – Psychopathology II – Disorders of Children, Elderly, Personality and Addiction2.5 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PSYT P030F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 45 hours. A study of psychopathology occurring in children and the elderly including diagnostic criteria, symptoms and treatment. Examines personality disorders, common and distinguishing characteristics and treatment. Emphasis in the area of addiction, the characteristics and treatment approaches are explored. (A)

 

P030E – Therapeutic Methods2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PSYT P030F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. A study of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and existential-humanistic forms of therapy. The elements of a therapeutic milieu are explained and explored. Special therapies are discussed including purpose, benefits and risks. Group therapy including the process, application and the psychiatric technician’s role are explored. Pharmacological therapy is reviewed. (A)

 

P030F – Clinical Practice6 units

Prerequisite: Clinical experience to be taken concurrently with PSYT P030A-E unless student has already received credit in the theory courses.

Total laboratory 324 hours. Clinical practice in affiliating clinical settings to promote the demonstration of skills and procedures related to psychiatric nursing. Assignments are designed to promote understanding of abnormal behavior, the ability to effectively interact with and modify patient behavior and accurate observation and reporting of behavioral symptoms. This course is offered only on a pass/no-pass grading system. (A)

 

P035A – Mental Health Nursing I 3.5 units

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P035D unless student already has credit in course.

Total lecture 63 hours. An introductory study of the basic components of psychology as well as the history of mental health and mental illness. Also discussed will be the field and scope of practice of Psychiatric Technology as well as the legal aspects of psychiatric hospitalization including ethical and legal aspects. There is an emphasis on the nursing process as it applies to the therapeutic process as well as therapeutic communication with mentally ill individuals in a variety of psychiatric settings. (A)

 

P035B – Mental Health Nursing II 3 units

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P035D unless student already has credit in course.

Total lecture 54 hours. A study of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychopathy, and related disorders. Diagnostic criteria, symptoms associated with the disorders and management of said symptoms will be explored. The therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, pharmacotherapy and milieu management are emphasized. (A)

 

P035C – Mental Health Nursing III 3 units

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P035D unless student already has credit in that course.

Total lecture 54 hours. A study of psychopathology occurring in children and the elderly including criteria, symptoms, and treatment. Emphasis in the area of addiction, the characteristics, and treatment are explored. Group therapy including the process, application, and the psychiatric technician’s role are explored. The course identifies the stages, dynamics of and therapeutic intervention for a crisis as well as assessment and intervention strategies involved with suicide and violence potential. (A)

 

P035D – Clinical Practice 6 units

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with PSYT P035A, PSYT P035B, and PSYT P035C unless student already has received credit for course.

Total 324 laboratory hours. Clinical practice in affiliated clinical settings to promote the demonstration of skills and procedures related to psychiatric nursing. Assignments are designed to promote understanding of abnormal behavior, the ability to effectively interact with and modify patient behavior, and provide accurate observation and reporting of behavioral symptoms. This course is offered only on a pass/no-pass grading system. (A)