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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 295F
Category: Health Care


Performs professional pharmaceutical dispensing functions in a pharmacy and/or performs clinical functions within the patient environment. 


Within the Department of Health, Board of Pharmacy, conducts inspections of pharmacies, drug manufacturers, drug wholesalers, precursor chemical outlets, researchers and other licensed firms. Conducts investigations of health professionals in cases of suspected or alleged violations of laws administered by the Board of Pharmacy.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Prepares and dispenses medications; provides medication information/education to nurses, physicians/clinicians and patients; instructs pharmacy and veterinary students, residents, interns and/or assistants; and provides pharmaceutical care to patients.  


Conducts inspections of pharmacies, drug manufacturers, drug wholesalers, precursor chemical outlets, researchers and other licensed firms; conducts investigations of health professionals.

Typical Work

Provides medication information to patients, physicians, nurses and allied healthcare providers; 

Conducts a thorough patient profile review to assess the appropriateness of the prescribed pharmaceutical including monitoring individual patient profiles for medication duplications, interactions, allergies, appropriate dose, strength and route of administration at the time each order is received; documents relevant information in the patient medication profile or chart;  

Evaluates prescriber’s orders and verifies the data entered into the patient medication record; 

Interviews patients and provides education for the self-administration of take-home medications; 

Operates hospital pharmacy, retail, or outpatient pharmacy; compounds, labels and dispenses medications and legend devices;   

Ensures delivery of pharmaceutical to patients in a timely manner;  

Assists with the instruction of students, residents, and staff pharmacists regarding clinical pharmacy, distribution and medication information; 

Assists with periodic peer review and evaluation; 

Participates in the implementation of formulary management, optimizing patient care through appropriate selection of treatment options; 

Prepares estimates; requisitions, receives, and stores medications, pharmaceuticals, instruments, dressings, apparatus, and surgical supplies; 

Keeps records of alcohol and narcotics received, on hand, dispensed, and on order; maintains perpetual inventory of all medications and surgical supplies; prepares periodic reports for attending physicians and supervisors; 

Keeps medical supply room and pharmacy secure, orderly, and in sanitary condition; 

Prepares and standardizes solutions and other preparations for use in research work conducted by members of medical and dental staff; 

Performs related duties as required; 

Directs the work of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants, interns, pharmacy students and/or residents.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: standard practices followed in compounding, filling, labeling, and distributing medical prescriptions; various medications, pharmaceuticals, and other medical supplies and solutions used in compounding and dispensing medications; pharmaceutical calculations; medical terms; classification of medications according to their action, use, and dosage; procedures related to medications supply work; use of weights, measures, and other dispensing devices; record keeping and inventory procedures; medication control laws; pharmacy practice laws and regulations; Attorney General opinions; effective and efficient inspection and/or investigation techniques.   

Ability to: operate pharmacy; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff; follow technical oral and written instructions; investigate complaints; coordinate and monitor a region-wide program; work effectively in situations requiring extreme tact and good judgment; write and speak clearly and concisely.

Legal Requirement(s)

A valid Washington State license to practice pharmacy or eligibility to obtain license prior to employment.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

One year of experience in pharmacy practice or completion of an American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists accredited residency training program.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 6035 Pharmacist II, 53670 Pharmacist; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.