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Psychiatric Technician Paid Apprenticeship Program (Fast Track)

The Psychiatric Technician (PT) Apprenticeship Program is a one-of-a-kind program that has partnered the Department of State Hospitals-Napa (DSH-Napa), Napa Valley College (NVC), and the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC).  This program starts by training participants for 2 1/2-months to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.). Successfully passing the C.N.A board allows participants to move into a 12-month PT Program (aka NVC Fast Track Psychiatric Technician Program).  The Psychiatric Technician Apprentice Program includes On the Job Training (OJT) at DSH-Napa.

Here is what you get by joining Napa Valley College's Psych Tech Paid Apprenticeship program (Fast Track):

  • Earn a monthly paycheck while you are enrolled.
  • Attend school and work as part of your training.
  • Enjoy Healthcare and other state benefits while you complete the program.
  • Complete the program in 18 months with a job waiting for you.


  • Complete an application for admission to Napa Valley College. Do this online at Application for Admission to College (  This only needs to be done once.
  • Complete the Course requirements of:
    • High School English with a “C” or better or equivalent.
    • High School Algebra with a “C” or better or equivalent.
  • Obtain Official Transcripts (unopened) of high school graduation or its equivalent (GED, CHSPE) and, if applicable, college courses.
    • If Foreign, Official Verification (unopened) of high school graduation or its equivalent (GED, CHSPE) and, if applicable, college courses.
      All Foreign Transcripts must be evaluated by an International Evaluation Service prior to submission of program application; this service must provide Napa Valley College with an evaluation certificate of the international coursework.
  • Please send Transcripts to Margarita Ceja in NVC Admissions & Records at for review of Math and English.

PT Apprenticeship Program Information Sheet