Pharmacy Technician II (#RH4452)
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$21.81-$26.51 Hourly / $3,780.15-$4,594.79 Monthly / $45,361.82-$55,137.58 Yearly


Under general supervision performs technical work of above average difficulty in entry and filling of prescriptions, preparing IV admixtures, re-supply floor stock; and repackage of medications for out-patient dispensing; may perform tasks related to a functional area such as narcotic dispending, inventory management, technical aspects of automated filling equipment; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the second level in the Pharmacy Technician series. Incumbents perform a broad range of more complex technical duties under direct supervision of a registered pharmacist as provided by section 4115 of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California, may perform technical or clerical tasks to meet workflow needs, may learn to perform higher-level tasks, and may be assigned to perform same under closer supervision. Assignment may be to inpatient hospital, institution or outpatient pharmacy, and staff may rotate among several locations. Incumbents routinely rotate through more complex technical assignments such as IV admixtures or have oversight responsibility for a program, project or function such as filling equipment, clinics, inventory management or narcotics.


  • Fill IV admixtures, calculates quantities/dosages, select correct drugs and solutions; ensures proper mixing or connection; labels and notes storage conditions and precautions; calculates medication titrations.
  • Maintains security of narcotics, fills orders, maintains narcotic dispensing, return and destruction records, and prepares reports.
  • Ensures adequate levels of floor stock, recommends par levels, monitors re-supply of stock, repackages unit dose to bulk, bulk to unit dose; restocks pharmacy bulk and unit dose stock and ancillaries; restocks automatic filling devices; returns unused unit dose medications to stock and credits patient accounts.
  • Assists in compiling patient information on allergies or for specialized medications, protocols or programs; fills clinic orders, reviews orders with patient care staff to clarify or correct discrepancies.
  • Assists in filling prescriptions; selects proper drug, places in container in quantity and strength prescribed, applies labels; selects unit doses and places in cassettes, places for pharmacist review; compounds simple ointments and solutions; orients and trains pharmacy technicians, interns and students on technician duties.
  • Accepts prescriptions, verifies patient insurance and information; transcribes and enters orders into computer; prepares labels, updates patient profiles and records; submits for billing, identifies orders not on formulary, notifies pharmacist of formulary, drug interaction and other problems identified by computer.
  • Delivers medication to inpatient units; reviews medication orders with patient care staff and corrects discrepancies; assist outpatients at counter, verifies identity, provides refill medications, and collects co-payments.
  • Inspects floor stock and removes medications close to expiration; maintains stock of specified drugs in pharmacy, clinics and nursing areas; insures that adequate supplies are available for normal usage; receives samples and stores patient samples; checks in and stores shipments; repackages drugs into bulk or unit dose.
  • Maintains cleanliness of pharmacy and other storage and dispensing areas.


Education: Completion of a recognized Pharmacy Technician training program.

Experience: One year of experience equivalent to Pharmacy Technician I in San Joaquin County.

Substitution: One year of additional experience as a Pharmacy Technician may substitute for the education.

License: Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Pharmacy Technician issued by the State of California Board of Pharmacy.


Pharmacy practice; standards, ethics, laws, and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy; pharmaceutical and medical terms, abbreviations and symbols used in prescribing, dispensing and stocking medications; drug identification, dosage, and storage requirements; sterile compounding techniques; techniques for working in laminar hoods; procedures and techniques of drug packaging and labeling.


Read, understand and follow oral and written instructions; perform metric and apothecary calculations required for common dosage determination; maintain sterility of intravenous solutions and mixtures; work with syringes and needles; work rapidly and accurately; set up, operate and maintain pharmaceutical equipment; utilize advanced office equipment and computers; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Mobility-Operation of a data entry devise; ability to stand or sit for long periods, move about an indoor area, reach above and below bench level; Dexterity-Sufficient to operate a key board; manipulate syringes, needles and vials while wearing gloves; handle individual papers; count individual pills; write and take notes; Lifting/Pushing/Pulling-Regular lifting of up to 25 pounds; pushing carts; Visual Requirements-Ability read case files and computer screens; constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking-Ability to hear normal speech, hear on the telephone, talk in person, and talk on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Frequent public contact; ability to make decisions and concentrate; Special Requirements-May require working nights, weekends, and overtime; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH4452; EST: 9/9/2002;