The Mental Health Support Specialist program prepares students for a rewarding and in-demand career in mental health care. In this profession, mental health support specialists assist licensed mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and therapists, in the comprehensive care of psychiatric patients.
The demand for qualified mental health support staff in the United States continues to grow at a projected rate of 11% by 2031. This program prepares students to work in a variety of mental health care settings. A focus on strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as conflict management, are woven into the course to prepare students for all areas of mental health care.
This program prepares students to become Mental Health Technician Certified (MHTC) by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). Students who earn the AMCA designation have demonstrated the knowledge of processes and procedures in mental health care, pharmacology, medical office and patient care skills, including practice settings, and a broad understanding of psychological development, including mental health disorders.
The primary course in this program is H1-7013: Fundamentals of Mental Health Care, this highly interactive course immerses students into the world of a Mental Health Support Specialist through virtual scenario-based learning exercises and brings three-dimensional clinical skills demonstrations right to the learner's desktop.
Because graduates will be working in a healthcare facility, it’s imperative they be able to speak and understand the language of medicine and have a fundamental understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology. Hl-1014: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology is included to lay this important foundation.
Today's top job candidates not only need to be prepared to pass a certification exam but must also be equipped with soft skills and knowledge that allow for success on the job in any environment. This program contains training in professionalism designed with input from employers and professionals in the field of allied health. PS-1011: Professionalism in Allied Health equips students with essential soft skills that are in demand and expected by employers in a competitive job market.
Upon enrollment, students receive all necessary and required materials and courseware associated with the program, and they are not required to purchase additional components. Students are supported by highly skilled, trained, and certified Student Success Coaches throughout enrollment to assist with subject matter inquiries.
Payment for the MHTC exam is provided by MedCerts.