Pharmacy Technician

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

General Information

This course will help students prepare to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). This course teaches you to become a pharmacy technician by making you aware of the responsibilities and duties of a technician, as well as familiarizing you with pharmacy practices and procedures in both retail and institutional settings.

Pharmacy TechnicianWe now offer seated, hybrid, and online classes. Each class is approximately 108 hours long, covers the same material and uses the same textbook; the only difference is the method of instruction.

  • Seated:All class material delivered on campus. Class meets 2 nights a week for 3 hours each night.
  • Hybrid: Class material delivered half online, half on campus. You can save gas money while your online pharmacist instructor guides you through the material needed to excel and pass the national certification exam from the convenience of your own home. Then, come to campus 2 nights a week for 2 hours each night (every other week only) for personal assistance with the math involved in pharmaceutical dosage calculations.
  • Online: No trips to campus required. All class material delivered online. Requirements for online classes include a reliable connection to the Internet to access Blackboard, the PowerPoint Viewer (free download), Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF files (free download available), CD reader to view/play CD-ROM that comes with the text, and basic word processing (such as Microsoft Word or Notepad)


Coastal Carolina uses a team of pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians to instruct this class.


The textbook is available at Coastal’s bookstore. Call (910) 938-6295 for information.

Prerequisite: TABE Placement Testing

To enroll in the seated and hybrid classes, students must take the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test** and score:

  • 10.0 in TABE Reading
  • 8.0 in TABE Math (Allow approximately one hour to take these two pretests.)

Available in the Academic Studies Center, Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 200. Hours are Monday – Wednesday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm. A picture ID is required to test. No appointment is needed. Testing is free of charge.

Registration & Payment

To enroll, visit the Continuing Education office or call (910) 938-6294. Payment is due at time of registration and may be made by cash, check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express. Thank you for including your driver’s license number and student ID number on checks.

Basic Skills Training

Upon receiving qualifying TABE scores, students will be eligible for enrollment in Basic Skills Training. Students are encouraged to take advantage of free reading and math training in our Academic Studies Center (ASC) in the K.B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, Room 200, open Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 9 pm and Friday 7:30 am to 5 p.m. Training is offered in a traditional classroom setting both daytime and evening, and as computer based training in the ASC Lab.

Human Resources Development (HRD)

Unemployed or underemployed residents may qualify for Human Resources Development (HRD) classes at no cost such as Using Technology in the Workplace, Exploring Health Care Careers, Hunting and Landing a Job, or Taking Control of Your Money. Complete 80 hours of HRD classes successfully and earn a registration scholarship worth up to $180 for a Continuing Education occupational class. To register for free classes, For a complete list of HRD classes offered, or for more information, please call (910) 938-6309.

Job Placement Services

Upon completion of this training program, visit the Career Center in room 108 of the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building for help with resume writing, interviewing skills, and employment opportunities. Call (910) 938-6761 for information.

For additional information, please contact Kelley Nielsen at (910) 938-6755 or email

National Certification Information

Additional information about National Certification Exams is provided in class.