Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to perform technical duties in the systematic operation of the pharmacy by providing health-care services and medications to patients. Technicians may perform operational and technical duties as pharmacists.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Compounding (measuring, weighing, and mixing) medicinal drugs
- Preparing and labeling medicines
- Filling bottles and capsules with the correct quantity of medicine
- Issuing medicines to customers
- Stocking and taking inventory of prescription and over the counter medications
- Maintaining patients' medication profiles on computerized or written records or forms
- Filling orders for unit doses and prepackaged pharmaceuticals
- Preparing insurance claim forms
Depending on the position, the technician may also manage third party billing, answer telephones, direct customers to items or to the pharmacist for medication consultation, receive written prescriptions, clean and sterilize dispensing bottles and instruments, answer questions regarding location of non-drug products, and operate a cash register. Since Pharmacy Technicians interact daily with co-workers, patients, and health-care professionals, good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
To ensure student and patient safety and welfare, the pharmacy technician student must be able to:
•Complete an 8 to 12-hour shift.
•Transport a tote of medications/supplies weighing 20 lbs. for a distance of 100 feet.
•Retrieve items from floor refrigerators and lower shelves.
•Gather, dispense and record appropriate doses of medicine.
•Effectively communicate with patients and health-care professionals.
•Monitor patient charts, computer systems, and medication delivery equipment.
•Respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations.
•Communicate effectively with patients and staff
•Tolerate strong, unpleasant odors.
•Handle stressful situations.
•Provide physical and emotional support to the patients.
Clinical Site Requirements
• HIPAA certificate.
•Copy of Student’s ID.
•Ability to view power point slides and videos.
•Proof of vaccinations
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
The Sonoma County Junior College District is committed to an environment in which all employees and students are treated with respect and dignity. Each employee and student has the right to work/learn in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and is free from unlawful discriminatory practices. For guidance on specific policies and procedures related to non-discrimination (Policy 8.2.1)and access for students with disabilities (Policy 8.1.1) please refer to the Santa Rosa Junior College Board Policy Manual.