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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 296I
Category: Health Care


Performs specialized, technical pharmaceutical tasks such as maintaining a narcotics vault, maintaining an automated medication distribution system and performing unit dose medication checking in a central pharmacy that supports one or more satellite pharmacies operating under the supervision of an on-site pharmacist or performs area-specific technical pharmaceutical tasks on an inpatient nursing unit or an ambulatory clinic.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision and control of a licensed pharmacist, independently performs specialized, technical pharmaceutical functions such as unit dose medication checking, maintaining a specific area or function within the pharmacy, acting as a resource for medication distribution systems, and/or serving as a liaison for assigned nursing units or ambulatory clinics.

Typical Work

Compounds and prepares medications from physician orders for oral, intravenous, suppository and topical administration; 

Prepares prescriptions from physician orders; 

Checks the work of other pharmacy technicians after receiving certification as a technician checker; 

Assists in training of pharmacy assistants, interns, and students;  

Performs documentation functions in designated areas of the pharmacy;  

Assists in the preparation and documentation of the process improvement program;  

Performs charging and/or billing functions;  

Performs the duties of Pharmacy Technician 1; 

Performs tasks related to drug acquisition and delivery such as maintaining assigned medication stations and investigating and monitoring resolution of discrepancies; 

Maintains oversight of an automated pharmaceutical distribution system including system integrity and database transactions; 

Assists in monitoring clinical trials of investigational drugs including perpetual inventory logs, storage and maintenance of supplies, and accountability and auditing of study materials; 

Performs related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

State of Washington Pharmacy Technician certification.

Desirable Qualifications

Six months of experience as a Pharmacy Technician 1




Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-10-2003
General revision. Revises title (formerly Pharmacy Technician II), class code (formerly 6041), typical work, minimum qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.