Certified Pharmacy Technician (FT)

Shenandoah Medical Center

Job Description

Under direct supervision of the pharmacist, assists in the preparation of unit dose medications and intravenous medications for inpatient and outpatient use. Prepares and processes purchase orders, manages receipt and stock of pharmaceutical supplies, manages pharmacy inventory and other records, and keeps work areas and equipment clean and orderly. Assists pharmacists in managing anticoagulation patient schedules. Manages the electronic formulary within the electronic health record. Assists pharmacists in maintaining the 340B program and auditing medication charges throughout the facility.


Education and/or Experience
High school graduate or equivalent.
Must be 18 years of age Prior pharmacy tech or hospital experience preferred
Experience with electronic health records preferred
General computer experience preferred

Certificates, Licensure, Registrations
Successful completion of Pharmacy Technician Certification Program and testing required.
Maintain certification by attending 20 hours of approved continuing education in two-year period.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the general knowledge, skill, and / or ability required:
Ability to calculate figures, add, subtract, multiply and divide
Ability to generate, read, interpret, and take action as it relates to basic financial statements, national and state regulations, operational and maintenance and organizational policy/procedures
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form
Ability to write correspondence
Ability to effectively present information
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively to maintain good working relationships
Ability to work with skill in identifying problems; making frequent decisions regarding method of performance
Ability to efficiently use and maintain electronic health record information
Ability to efficiently use Microsoft office tools such as outlook, excel, and word

Computer and printer
Fax, scanner, and copy machine
General office materials/supplies
Information Systems
Telephone system

Patient Age Groups Served

Infant, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric


1. Review and prepare medications to be dispensed for Pharmacist approval.

Ensures correct selection of dosage, form, strength and quantity of medications for dispensing to the automated dispensing cabinet (Pyxis) or for use in compounding medications.
Prepares unit dose medications with bar code labels for the automated dispensing cabinet (Pyxis).
Labels medication according to regulatory guidelines with all appropriate information prior to pharmacist verification.
Prepares intravenous (IV) medications for inpatient and outpatient use by usingsterile aseptic technique as described by USP guidelines..
Mixes pharmaceutical preparations, fills bottles with prescribed tablets and capsules, and creates labels for bottles.

2. Maintains appropriate medication stock levels based on patient care needs for the pharmacy and the patient care areas including determination of appropriate levels and ordering of products.

Orders supplies and medications through the pharmacy wholesaler and other suppliers as deemed necessary.

Monitors drugs closely to evaluate and establish appropriate stock levels.
Restocks supplies and medications in the pharmacy
Restocks medications in all Pyxis units and other areas as approved ]Delivers medications to ancillary departments upon request
Monitors pharmaceutical inventory within the pharmacy and other areas

Keeps the formulary up to date with the current stock and keeps it available for use.
Monitors medication outdates in the pharmacy department, pyxis stations, and crash carts throughout the facility.

Triages questions in the form of customer service.
Demonstrates excellent customer service and a pleasant demeanor during all communication with patients or health care professionals.
Demonstrates ability to determine the level of expertise required to address the patient/health provider need to transfer/refer them to the desired individual.
Consults with pharmacist on medication questions and relays information to patients and/or providers when appropriate.
3. Performs and maintains documentation.

Documents all unit dose preparations
Documents all compounded preparations according to USP guidelines
Documents all medications dispensed to the automated dispensing cabinet (Pyxis)
Maintains and stores all records in the pharmacy for the appropriate amount of time according to the Iowa State Board of Pharmacy and Drug Enforcement Agency regulations
Handles all storage of CIII-CV records in accordance with the law
Handles all storage of T3 statements in accordance with FDA regulations
Handles all storge of records and invoices
Files department records.
5. Provides administrative support for the Pharmacy department.

Initiates phones calls, receives/screens/routes incoming visitors/calls.
Schedules appointments for drug representatives.
Schedules appointments for anticoagulation clinic patients
Cleans equipment according to prescribed methods.
Maintain and audit billed transactions for inpatient and outpatient medications
Collect pharmacy charge sheets from ancillary departments
Input charges for medications from ancillary departments
Maintains NDC Crosswalk on Macrohelix for the 340B Program
Audits patient visits on Macrohelix for the 340B Program

6. Performs other duties as assigned.