Health Science


Dental Assisting


Bethany Rush

The Dental Assisting Program is designed to allow senior level clinical students the opportunity to begin learning fundamental knowledge and skills needed within the field of dentistry. The information obtained, while in the Dental Assisting Practicum, can be directly applied towards future dental careers including Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Doctor of Dental Surgery and
specialties within the dental field. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding and knowledge of dental history, dental professions, dental anatomy, infection control, dental conditions/diseases, dental hygiene, professional dental communication, chairside dental techniques, dental charting and more!

Students will work towards certification in:

  • Dental-Infection Control (ICE)
  • Dental-Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology
  • Dental Assisting

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)


Nadia So

  • One year Dual-Credit Program
  • Get Certified in
    • NREMT ($80 Exam)
    • TDSHS ($65 Exam)
  • Career paths with Certification:
    • Immediate opportunities in the field
    • Paramedic School

Certified Medical Assisting


Maralee Marriott, RN

Candice Elliot, RN

CMA students in full scrubs practice treating a baby.

The medical assistant is a multi-skilled allied healthcare professional that specializes in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory healthcare setting. Medical Assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They typically work in medical offices, clinics, urgent care centers and may work in general medicine or specialty practices.

CMA students are discussing proper CPR methods and use training models to practice.


Pharmacy Technician


James Saunders

Purpose of the Training Program 

The mission of the GRCTC is to enhance students’ educational experiences by partnering with our community with the support of parents to provide a practical learning environment that puts academics to work in real-life scenarios and to provide the necessary employability and technical skills to create career-ready/college –ready students.

Course Description 

8H965 Practicum in Health Science -Pharmacy Technician (DC) 2 credits Gr: 12 

Prerequisite: Regular or MST Principles of Health Science, Health Science Theory or Health Science Clinical, and Biology Description: This Dual Credit class will include Pharmacology for Technicians, Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Regulations, Sterile & Nonsterile compounding, Medication Safety, Pharmacy Quality Assurance, Medication Order Entry and Fill Process, Pharmacy Inventory Management, Pharmacy Billing & Reimbursement, Pharmacy Information Systems Usage and Application. Option of an Extended Practicum for Externships at a Pharmacy is under Practicum in Health Science - Extended Practicum. Student may be required to submit a background check and a drug screen. The Dual Credit portion of the class is for HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions. Students must apply to DCCCD and be accepted to participate in this class. The teacher is adjunct with El Centro College. Student must complete an interest form. Course requirements to be met 

Qualifications to Enroll 

Students are selected for admission based on a good attendance record, discipline record, prerequisites status, and grades.  Students must also qualify for dual-credit enrollment through El Centro College 

Requirements for State Registration 

To work in a pharmacy as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee, individuals must be registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP). After TSBP notifies an individual of registration, the individual may work in a pharmacy. Board rule §297.6 requires every pharmacy to provide pharmacy technicians/trainees initial on-the-job training. All pharmacy technicians/trainees are required to complete the initial training when beginning employment in a pharmacy. The rules are very specific as to the areas that must be covered in on-the-job training programs. On-the-job training is the only training required for pharmacy technicians/trainees. Currently, there is not a requirement for a pharmacy technician/trainee to attend a formal education program. However, TSBP is aware that many pharmacy technicians are choosing to complete formal training programs in local community colleges or technical schools. The Board recognizes the importance and value of completing a formal education program and encourages pharmacy technicians/trainees to consider these programs. 

Program Costs 

Estimated Program Costs $305 

Scrubs $45 

Sweater w/embroidery $35 

HOSA Club Dues (optional) $35 

Liability Insurance $13 

Influenza Vaccination $20 

TB Test (required annually) $15 

CPR Course Completion Card $7 

Drug Screening $20 

Criminal Background Check $15 

Pharmacy Board Tech-In-Training $65 

Fingerprinting $35 

Programmatic and Institutional Accreditation Status 

Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical School is a PTCB-Recognized Program 
Requirements for Obtaining and Maintaining National Pharmacy Technician Certification 

To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)*. 

  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions. 

  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies. 

  • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®). 

*Candidates who are within 60 days of acquiring their high school diploma or equivalent will be eligible to apply for the PTCE. For more information, see Education Verification below. 
A candidate may be disqualified for PTCB Certification upon the disclosure or discovery of: 

  • Criminal conduct involving the candidate; 

  • State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure action involving the candidate; 

  • Violation of a PTCB Certification policy, including but not limited to the  Code of Conduct

PTCB reserves the right to investigate criminal background, verify candidate eligibility and deny certification to any individual. 
Once certified, CPhTs must report any felony conviction, drug or pharmacy-related violations, or State Board of Pharmacy action taken against their license or registration at the occurrence and at the time of recertification, to PTCB for review. Disqualification determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. 


Beginning in 2020, PTCB will require technicians to complete a PTCB-recognized education/training program or have equivalent work experience to be eligible to apply.  Learn more

Simulation Software 

Thanks to PioneerRx pharmacy software, our students can apply the knowledge from their textbooks to a hands-on pharmacy experience. Visit to learn more, and see how PioneerRx ranks against other pharmacy systems here: