Pharmacy Technician, Trainee - #19940745

The University of Iowa


Date: Oct 16, 2021
City: Kalona, IA
Contract type: Full time
The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa Health Care, Department of Pharmaceutical care is seeking a Pharmacy Technician, Trainee. This position is under general pharmacist supervision, coordinates and performs as necessary the technical activities of dispensing areas. Under general supervision of technician supervisor, carries out activities supportive of development, coordination, and training of assigned areas. Provides functional supervision as required. All pharmacy technicians must be certified within one year of employment. If certification not achieved by the end of one year, individuals will be terminated

Duties to include:


  • Fill/refill prescriptions
    • Read label for accuracy and correct as needed.

    • Label and package the correct medication.

    • Notate appropriate documentation of study materials.

    • Sign appropriate documents in correct log books.

    • Coordinate services from other UIHC Pharmacies

  • Work closely with Investigational Drug Service staff and interdisciplinary staff to accurately fulfill orders with a high level of attention to detail and focus on superior customer service

  • Provide patient/customer service. Communicate with the patients, study monitors and other health care personnel in accordance with established guidelines
    • Determine waiting/pick-up time.

    • Triage tasks to appropriate team. Recognize workflow patterns for effective triage of responsibilities.

    • Answer telephone lines and triage phone calls per established policies and procedures.

  • Accurately compound requests in a timely manner.

  • Order products from IVADs and maintain stock levels of compounded medications
    • Place orders and retrieve products from other pharmacy locations

    • Stock other pharmacy locations with products as needed.

  • Order, receive and document product shipments appropriately. Monitor data loggers and maintain records.

  • Perform inventory maintenance activities, ensuring inventory is completed according to policy and correct

  • Generate and/or maintain (includes filing) appropriate records related to studies.

  • Perform activities involving narcotics and controlled substances including:
    • Conduct weekly and monthly inventories

    • Audit records associated with dispensing of narcotics and controlled substances

    • Resolve discrepancies on issuance forms

  • Conduct assigned audits in patient care clinic areas as applicable (Certified Technicians Only)
    • Audit area for compliance with medication security, segregation of dosage forms, expiration dates, approved samples, Emergency Medication Tray expiration date, appropriate drug storage and references.

  • Maintain area orderliness and cleanliness.

  • Assist in on the job training of new technicians.

  • Coordinate technical activities with other members of team.

  • Possible training to non-sterile and sterile medication compounding, working in a clean room setting.


University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®



Percent of Time: 100%
Schedule: 40 hrs/week with 8 hour shifts scheduled between 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Monday-Friday
Location: Ambulatory Care Pharmacies
Rotations: Work up to every other weekend with variable days off
Pay Grade: 08 https://hr.uiowa.edu/pay/pay-plans/merit-pay-plan
Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa

  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans

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Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
  • High school graduation including a general mathematics course, or the equivalent
  • Effective July 1, 2021, all pharmacy technicians must register with the Board of Pharmacy prior to commencement of employment in an Iowa pharmacy
  • Effective July 1, 2009, a Pharmacy Technician (Trainee) must be registered with the Pharmacy Board. All pharmacy technicians must be certified within one year of employment. If certification is not achieved by the end of one year of employment, individuals will be terminated. (Per Board of Pharmacy Administrative Rules (Iowa Administrative Code 657, Chapter 3, Pharmacy Technicians)

  • Experience requirement:
    • Two years’ experience in a position directly related to natural sciences, or

    • Two years post high school education in the natural sciences or related area, or

    • A combination of related experience and related post high school education to equal two years.

Special Qualifications:
  • Experience with Public Contact/Customer Service

Desired Qualifications:
  • Ability to perform ratio/proportion equations

  • Experience with inventory maintenance activities

  • Experience working in team environment

  • Experience working in detail-oriented work environment

  • Knowledge of windows based computer programs

  • Experience working in environment requiring accuracy

  • Experience working in healthcare with one-on-one patient interaction & experience handling challenging interactions in work environment.

  • Prefer National Career Readiness Certificate at Silver Level

Application Process: Resume preferred as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm of the posting end date
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

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