The Pharmacy Technician Training course includes classroom theory, lab, and a clinical externship. The first eight (8) weeks of class will consist of lectures and labs in person and online via blackboard, during which students will practice procedures before attending clinical training. The remaining eight (8) weeks of the semester will consist of clinical hours off-site during a daytime clinical rotation at a local facility. Clinical hours and locations will be discussed in detail during class. Students must pass the theory and lab portion of the course to be eligible to proceed to the clinical portion of the course.

Pharmacy Technician Training

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PHM 3250 Pharmacy Technician Training – 208 hours
This course is designed to provide instruction in the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in the hospital and retail settings under supervision of a registered pharmacist. Topics include drug packaging and labeling, out-patient dispensing, hospital dispensing procedures, controlled substance procedures, inventory control, and non-sterile compounding. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic supervised dispensing techniques in a variety of pharmacy settings.

Fall 2024 Information

Day(s) Date Time Location
MW 8/19/24 – 10/9/24 9:00 am – 2:00 pm DBC 190
(Additional 3 hours per week will be completing online assignments via Blackboard)
MW 10/16/24 – 12/13/24 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Off-Site
(Clinical rotation shifts may vary)


Course Meeting Location(s):

  • DBC (David Belk Cannon) (David Belk Cannon Building, Dallas Campus) Dallas Campus Map
  • Via Blackboard online (3 hours per week)
  • Offsite for Clinical hours
  • Class will not meet on 9/2 or 10/14 due to faculty/student break.

Medical Requirements

  • Vaccination Records (MMR, Varicella, Hep B, Flu)
    • TB – two negative skin test, 2nd minimum of 7 days from when first is read. Must submit with Risk Assessment Form.
    • TDAP
  • Gaston College Student Acknowledgement Form
  • Consent Form
  • Confidentiality Statement Form
  • Malpractice Form
  • OSHA
  • Physical

Required Books:
(For current pricing, please visit or contact the Gaston College bookstore, at 704-922-6428)

The Pharmacy Technician: A Comprehensive Approach, 9780357371350
by Jahangir Moini
4th Edition | Copyright 2021
Approximate cost: $188.25 + tax

Moini’s The Pharmacy Technician: A Comprehensive Approach, 4E equips entry-level pharmacy technicians to work successfully with licensed pharmacists in clinical or retail settings while strengthening their pharmacy-related skills and preparing for national certification exams.

All pharmacy technician students must meet clinical compliance before clinical field training.

Class space is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be advised that clinical hours may vary and will be discussed in detail during class. Attendance is required in the clinical, or time must be made up.

Estimated Course Costs:
Tuition – $240 (due upon registration)
Book – $ 190 (approximately)
Criminal Background check, drug screening, medical document – $104
Uniforms – $85.00 and up
Shoes – Prices vary. students may purchase their own shoes (all leather or leather-like) at a place of their choice. Closed-toe, neutral tennis shoe of student choice.
Pharmacy Technician Certification exam (after the course is completed) – $129. Specific testing information can be found at

Students must be at least 18 years of age (by the first date of the clinical portion of the course) and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Under 18 Registration Rule: If you are under 18 at the time of registration but will be 18 by the first date of the course’s clinical portion, students can be registered by completing a Continuing Education registration form. To obtain this form, please contact the Registrar’s Office at, or by calling 704-922-6232, to request a Continuing Education registration form, or you may register in person at the Dallas Campus. Once you have been registered, you must call the Business Office at 704-922-6414 to make payment for the course over the phone. You are not fully registered until payment has been made.

If you meet both above prerequisites for this course, you may register by following the following Registration Options.

Registration Options:

  • Click on the following link and follow the instructions as listed: CE Registration Link
  • Reminder: No password/login required. In the Search for section field, enter a single keyword (Pharmacy). No additional information is required.

Notes when using Online registration:
If you have an address change, name change, etc., we will need this updated information so we can contact you in case of a class change/cancellation or refund. Entering different information on the registration form will not update any existing records. If your information has changed, please call, or email the Registration Department at 704-922-6232 or

Online registration is not an option for all classes, or if the course fee will be waived. Credit card payments will only be accepted with Online and Walk In registration.

You cannot DROP/WITHDRAW from classes using Self-Service. If you need to drop or withdraw prior to the class start date, please contact the Registration Department at

In Person Walk-in (payment is due at the time of registration)
CE (Continuing Education) Registration Department
MYERS CENTER – 2nd floor
201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC (North Carolina) 28034
Monday through Thursday: 8 am-5 pm; Fridays 8 am- 11 am
Dallas Campus Map

Refund Policy
If a student officially drops from a class or classes before the 10 percent date of the class(es), a 75 percent tuition refund will be given for the class(es) dropped. A 100% refund will be made if the student drops from the class prior to the class start date. No refunds will be given after the 10 percent date. If a course fails to materialize, refunds are automatically processed. (The refund policy is subject to change. Refunds of tuition will be issued in accordance with the current state and college policy.) To request a refund or transfer, please email

For more information, please email us at

KEYWORD: PharmacyClick to register