# CTE Resource Center - Administrative Planning Guide - Mental Health Assisting Careers (8332/36 weeks, 280 hours)

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Mental Health Assisting Careers (8332/36 weeks, 280 hours)

Course Description

Course Code:8332
Work-based Learning:Available
Duration:36 weeks, 280 hours
Suggested Grade Levels:12
Prerequisites:Health Assisting Careers (8331/36 weeks)

Students experience classroom instruction and hands-on learning in preparation for a career as a mental health technician or in the mental health field. Students gain understanding of routine care and therapeutic procedures, responding to emergency situations, patient rehabilitation, and patient recreational activities. Students prepare to assist physicians, therapists, and other mental health professionals in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community mental health facilities.

For students taking the nurse aide credential at the end of the course, follow the Virginia Board of Nursing regulations:

Commonwealth of Virginia Regulations
Governing Certified Nurse Aides
Virginia Board of Nursing

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Health Science
    • Therapeutic Services
  • Human Services
    • Counseling and Mental Health Services

Available Credentials

Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.