Psychiatric Technician Licensing

States Licensed

4

of 50 states and D.C.

x

Burden Rank

37th

for average burdens 1st is worst

=

Combined Rank

90th

for states licensed x average burdens 1st is worst

Change from 2017 to 2022, if any:
Burden increased
Burden decreased
Mixed burden change
N
New license
E
Eliminated license
2022 Licensing Burden Rank
Lower Burden Rank
Higher Burden Rank
No state license

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Definition

Psychiatric technicians care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals, following physician instructions and hospital procedures. They monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. They may participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral medications and hypodermic injections.

2022 Snapshot

  • 47 unlicensed states
  • Days lost range from 210 (Arkansas, Kansas) to 357 (California)
  • Fees range from $51 (Arkansas) to $519 (California)
  • 4 states require 1+ exam
  • 1 state sets minimum age
  • 4 states set minimum grade

Changes Since 2017

  • 1 license removed in Missouri; none created
  • Fees increased in California, Colorado and Arkansas and decreased in Kansas; education increased in Colorado
  • Burden rank improved 1 spot and combined rank improved 1 spot because of an eliminated license with a heavy experience burden

2022 Licensing Burden in Detail

N New License
E Eliminated License
Increase
Decrease

Data Notes: 2022 data collected between February 3, 2020, and March 18, 2022. Fees include charges for application review and license issuance; exams; background checks, credit reports and fingerprinting; recovery fund contributions; third-party certification; and certain fees for training courses. Calendar days lost were estimated based on required education and experience; except for amounts smaller than one day, days lost are rounded to whole days and thus may not reflect very small changes between 2017 and 2022. Appendix A details methods for estimating days lost and calculating burden ranks. Complete data, including revised 2017 data, are available at https://ij.org/report/license-to-work-3/ltw3-data/.

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