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Some continuing education courses are eligible for scholarship funding.
Please contact the NCWorks Career Center at (828) 694-1755 for more information.

Course Description:

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to enter into an entry-level position to effectively promote empathy, support and healing when working with people diagnosed with a mental illness. You will gain person-centeredness. Learn the five modules: The Foundation for Human to-Human Caring in Behavioral Health, Healthcare Must Haves, Understanding Mental Health Diagnosis and Care of the Whole Person, Human to Human Relating and a clinical externship will complete the course. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to sit for the Level 1 American Association of Psychiatric Technicians (AAPT) Certification Exam. This course will prepare participants for entry-level positions as Behavioral Health Technicians/Aides, or Mental Health Technicians.

Registration Information and Student Handbook – Behavioral Health Technician

Enrollment requirements:

1. The student must be 18 years old.

2. Proof of required immunizations (see list below)

3. IDs required (names must match on both):

a. A Signed Social Security Card (paper card, non-laminated), or letter from Social Security Office stating that card has been requested.

b. Current Driver’s License or government-issued picture ID.

c. High school diploma or GED.

4. Registration form completed during appointment.

5. A statement will be signed at registration to confirm that the student received and had an opportunity to review Student Handbook.

6. Course fees are due at the time of registration.

Immunization Requirements:

Please see required list below. In order to register for course, students must purchase a Viewpoint Health Portal and upload required immunizations. Once immunizations are fully approved, you may reach out to schedule an appointment for registration.

Viewpoint Information

Viewpoint Order and Upload Instructions

How to Create Health Portal

How to Upload Immunizations to Health Portal


Course schedule:

View Behavioral Health Technician Level I Course Schedule

View Allied Health Registration Information

Contact Us

Blue Ridge Community College
Allied Health Program Office and Registration:

Heather Stewart
Chair of Allied Health Programs
(828) 694-1761

Sheila Merrill
Allied Health Program Specialist and Registration
(828) 694-1748

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in these programs must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in Technical Standards. Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact Disability Services at (828) 694-1813 for more information.