Mental health technicians can work under many different titles, including case manager, drug abuse counselor and life skills counselor. Certificate, associate and select bachelor degree programs are available for those interested in pursuing this career.
Schools with Mental Health Technology Degree Programs
The following colleges offer specialized education and training for individuals interested in mental health technology and related careers.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees*|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, IN, and many other campus locations||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$4.115 (in-state), $7,992 (out-of-state)|
|CUNY LaGuardia Community College||Long Island City, NY||2-year, Public||Associate||$5,218 (in-state), $8,098 (out-of-state)|
|Sinclair Community College||Dayton, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,604 (in-state), $6,868 (out-of-state)|
|Metropolitan Community College of New York||New York, NY||2-year, Public||Associate, Bachelor's||$8,050|
|Anne Arundel Community College||Arnold, MD||2-year, Public||Continuing Education (CE) credits||$99/class (plus fees)|
|Cypress College||Cypress, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,138 (in-state), $6,154 (out-of-state)|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,488|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,360 (in-state), $3,756 (out-of-state)|
|Montgomery College||Rockville, MD||2-year, Public||Associate||$9,156 (in-state), $12,432 (out-of-state)|
|San Antonio College||San Antonio, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$5,550 (in-state), $10,740 (out-of-state)|
Sources:* NCES, school websites
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for a mental health technician school:
- If your state requires certification, be sure to choose a program that prepares students for licensure examinations.
- Some programs may have options for part-time study or weekend and evening classes.
- Check for application prerequisites such as a criminal background check or physical exam.
- Many schools combine mental health technician instruction with social work skills.
Certificate in Mental Health Technology
Certificate programs contain 14-23 credit hours of study. These programs usually contain one or more internships at local mental health facilities or hospitals. Programs with more of an emphasis on social work may provide instruction on sociology, the aging process, small group dynamics and patient interviewing.
Associate Degree Programs in Mental Health Technology
The typical mental health technician associate degree program requires two years of study. Degrees awarded can include an Associate of Science in Social Work and an Associate of Applied Science in Mental Health and Addiction Technology. Most students are also required to complete several internships.
Certificate and associate degree programs in mental health technology prepare students for a number of counseling and case management careers. In addition to classroom instruction, internships in clinical settings are a frequent fixture of these programs.