State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $65,857.00-$105,735.00 Yearly






A Clinical Pharmacist is the advanced level of work in providing clinical services that contribute directly to patient care of a select population and developing and promoting the rationale and appropriate use of medicinal products and devices. Employees in this classification may give advice and guidance to Pharmacists and non-licensed and licensed medical staff regarding drug interactions and pharmacy procedures to be followed. Employees in this classification may supervise lower-level Registered Pharmacists and other professional and non-professional staff.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a higher-level medical or designated administrator. Employees may be assigned to day, evening, night or rotating shifts which may include holidays and weekends. Employees are subject to call-in and overtime based on staffing needs. The work may require long periods of standing, walking, bending and reaching.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Clinical Pharmacist is differentiated from a Pharmacist III in that the Clinical Pharmacist is an advanced level providing clinical services and developing and promoting the pharmacy formulary and appropriate use of medicinal products and devices while the Pharmacist III is responsible for supervising a pharmacy and lower-level Registered Pharmacists.


Oversees and provides clinical services that contribute directly to patient care of a select population and develops and promotes the pharmacy formulary and appropriate use of medicinal products and devices;

Advises physicians and other health professionals concerning drug interactions and patient’s specific reaction information;

Provides training to staff regarding pharmacy procedures and drug protocol;

Participates in admission interviews to determine patient’s drug use history;

Continually reviews patients’ drug use profile;

Monitors patients’ clinical status in order to define and assess therapeutic problems using clinical data, patient histories and physical assessment skills;

Identifies and monitors toxic and surrogate end points of drug use to prevent and record toxic drug interactions;

Participates in exit interviews in order to advise patients concerning proper drug storage, use and refill information;

May dispense needed pharmaceuticals;

May supervise lower-level Registered Pharmacists and other professional and non-professional staff;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of pharmaceutical preparations and drug protocol;

Knowledge and use of principles of chemistry, biology and mathematics in the clinical pharmacy setting;

Knowledge of pharmacy standards acceptable to the Maryland Board of Pharmacy;

Knowledge of medical and nursing charting procedures;

Knowledge of treatments in medical emergencies and the drug therapies involved;

Skill in detecting, assessing and appropriately managing adverse drug reactions;

Skill in defining and monitoring therapeutic objectives and identifying end points of therapy;

Skill in identifying, assessing and providing information in the management of toxic ingestions;

Skill in identifying patient educational needs, and developing and implementing educational plans;

Ability to conduct therapeutic audits in the areas of both ambulatory and inpatient care;

Ability to evaluate and interpret scientific and clinical literature to provide clinically relevant drug information;

Ability to compound prescriptions and stock pharmaceutical supplies;

Ability to establish policies and procedures and prepare the pharmacy’s budget;

Ability to coordinate pharmacy services with other services within the facility;

Ability to plan and supervise the work of others;

Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with patients or clients and their family members, supervisors, and staff;

Ability to communicate effectively.


Education:    Graduation from an accredited School of Pharmacy with a doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD).

Experience: One year of clinical pharmacy experience as a Registered Pharmacist.


1. Candidates may substitute four additional years of clinical experience as a Registered Pharmacist for the required education.

2. Candidates may apply experience gained during a formal residency program to the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Pharmacist classifications or Pharmacist specialty codes in the Pharmacist field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Pharmacist from the Maryland State Board of Pharmacy, 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.


1. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, will be required to provide the facility with a phone number at which they can be reached.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Professional Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Professional Service positions.  Some positions in Professional Service classifications may be designated as Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit E, Health Care Professionals classes. As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial, and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining. Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.   

Date Revised

April 13, 2018 

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 000468; EST: ; REV: 7/1/2020;

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