UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

PHARMACY ASSISTANT

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8037 (SEIU LOCAL 925 Medical/Laboratory Tech)

DEFINITION

Assists the pharmacist in technical pharmacy activities including the preparation and packaging of medications. Performs all duties under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under direct supervision, performs technical pharmaceutical functions.

TYPICAL WORK

Prepares medications for dispensing including prepackaging, counting, pouring, labeling and delivering medications;

Loads medication containers or unit dose drawers for the medication distribution system;

Packages sterile and non-sterile medication into single and multiple dose containers using appropriate techniques;

Assists in preparing pharmaceutical solutions for external, internal and intravenous use;

Monitors and replenishes drug stock in the pharmacy, floor stock in nursing medication areas and drug stock in emergency drug kits;  inventories and orders medications;

Performs basic computer functions for medication preparation such as charge/credit, label generation, admission/discharge/transfer activity updates;

Answers telephone and responds to questions not requiring a pharmacist’s professional judgment;

Cleans designated areas of the pharmacy.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified

High School graduation or GED Certificate

OR

equivalent education/experience.

LEGAL REQUIRMENT

State of Washington Pharmacy Assistant registration.


New class, consolidates 6037 Pharmacy Assistant, 53710 Pharmacy Assistant A; adopted
May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
New to SEIU:  June 22, 2011