Hi, I'm in taking classes right now at the local junior college to get into the RN program. One of the things the counselor told a group of us is that we could get into the licensed psychiatric technician program, and then after graduating that year program would take a semester off the RN program and give us more experience for a job in psychiatric nursing. Have any of you gone through a similar program or work with any people who had? I was thinking of just going through the RN program, but if it's easier to get into the LPT program and gives more experience then that might be the better choice.
Feb 8, '07
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
To my knowledge, only California has licensed psych techs that can use education towards nursing degree.
See: California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/
CA has clamped down on education requiring course work and clinical time be coexistant. Please discuss this with nursing program you are planning to attend. Could not find any info in CA updated RN regulations.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 8, '07