Behavioral and Mental Health Technician

Short-Term Certificate


Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment. They are employed in hospitals, community mental health centers, psychiatric clinics, social service agencies and geriatric nursing homes.

At the completion of the certificate the student will be able to define and demonstrate an understanding of core social science concepts through the study of psychology.

Specialty certification for mental health technicians is available through the National Career Certification Board (NCCB).


Talent Ready Grant

The Talent Ready Grant is offered through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to support students who have financial need, are enrolled in a short-term certificate that may be completed in less than one year (less than 30 credit hours), and leads to a certification or a workforce credential in an in-demand job or career. The grant is intended to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees (up to $2000) and is a limited fund that will be awarded until funds are exhausted. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the behavioral and mental health certificate program?

Students can quickly complete the behavioral and mental health certificate in just two semesters.

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students interested in the behavioral and mental health certificate have the flexibility to take classes face-to-face or online. 

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the certificate?

Students who complete the behavioral and mental health certificate are encouraged to continue their education because they are well on their way to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

Students who know they want to pursue a bachelor’s degree can also consider pursuing an Associate of Science in Psychology that will transfer into a four-year college or university.

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.