Pharmacy Technician Trainee (Part Time)

UnityPoint Health

Requisition ID
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
1026 A Ave NE
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Inpatient Pharmacy
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Flexible day/evening; is every other weekend
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Part Time Benefits


Interested in a career in healthcare?  We are seeking dependable, honest individuals with strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and customer service to train into pharmacy technicians. Responsibilities of a hospital pharmacy technician trainee include preparation and distribution of pharmaceuticals, working with other health care professionals (nurses, pharmacists, etc.), solving practical problems, and implementing constructive change. Previous pharmacy experience and advanced degrees are not required.  The hospital pharmacy is a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with ample variety and learning opportunities.


The Pharmacy Technician Trainee, under the direct supervision of the pharmacist assists with the provision of quality pharmaceutical services. Foremost among these responsibilities are strictly adhering to detail in the performance of pharmacy procedures, solving practical problems, resolving conflict, and implementing constructive change.


Why UnityPoint Health?

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

Visit us at to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work.


Technical Support

·Responsible for receiving, preparation, labeling and distribution of pharmaceuticals; maintenance and filing of associated records; and the preparation and review of patient and departmental drug charges for assigned area of service in accordance with hospital policy and procedures.

·Strictly adheres to quality control processes and procedures and consistently demonstrates attention to detail in following protocol for product preparation and dispensing.

·Maintains knowledge of pharmaceutical terminology, drug dosages, dosage forms and drug names.

·Demonstrates knowledge of computer programs used in the department (e.g. Epic/Hypnos/Kronos).Exhibits the knowledge to troubleshoot common problems with automated dispensing machines.

·Maintain the knowledge and skill set to perform the duties and responsibilities of Omni, Area Check, Premade, and OR technician positions.

·Utilizes reference materials as appropriate.

·Assists in maintaining adequate stocks of pharmaceuticals and supplies through established inventory management procedures and cost-effective utilization.Communicates unusual usage patterns to inventory or supervisory staff.

·Performs pharmacy department area inspections and other cleaning duties as assigned.

·Assists with inventory audits.

·Understands and adheres to all safety practices while performing duties to minimize any risk of injury and/or exposure to hazardous materials.

50 %

Departmental Support

·Attends in-services, on the job training, and continuing education programs to meet developmental needs, certification requirements, and keep abreast of new technologies.

·Attends at least 75% of required departmental meetings.

·Promotes the development, preparation, implementation and attainment of departmental goals, policies and projects.

·Assists with orientation and on - the - job training of new hires and student shadowing.

·Serves on committees as assigned.

·Completes assignments with minimum supervision and guidance.

·Provides technical leadership, motivation and guidance to peers and other pharmacy staff.

·Communicates with the pharmacist or pharmacy leadership team as necessary when problems or unusual circumstances arise.

·Is responsible for executing and monitoring professional practices in order to meet necessary standards, recommendations and requirements of voluntary and government agencies (i.e. The Joint Commission,, Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF), State Board of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

·Is aware of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.

·Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.

·Performs other related duties as assigned.


Customer Service Support

·Ensures acceptable service level by performing activities in an organized, productive and timely manner.

·Communicates effectively with departmental staff, other hospital staff and customers to provide timely service, accurate information and reduce problems and minimize exceptions.

·Possesses and utilizes excellent telephone manners and rapport.

·Provides answers to questions of routine pharmacy procedures and refers drug information questions to a pharmacist as appropriate.

·Participates in quality improvement activities, including documentation, design, measurement, assessment and formulation of corrective action.


20 %

Preparation for National Tech Certification Exam

·Time spent on education to help in preparation for sitting for national certification exam


Basic UPH Performance Criteria

·Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.

·Performs other related duties as assigned.


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

·Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

·Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment:


·Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

·Enthusiastically engage in our work.

·Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

·Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

·Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·Have the courage to challenge the status quo.




Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.





High School graduate or certified equivalency (GED) is required.

A.A. or higher education is preferred







Experience in pharmacy is desirable.






Must be registered with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician Trainee the within 30 days of hire. Must be in good standing with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. Must obtain certification as a Certified Pharmacy Technician, and register with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy as a Certified Technician, prior to the expiration of the Technician Trainee registration as required by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy







Must demonstrate an aptitude and interest in pharmaceutical services.

Must possess excellent communications skills.

Must read, write, and speak fluent English.






Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.

Experience with computer systems and medical terminology is desirable


Mental/Cognitive Demands:

(List any special mental and cognitive abilities required by the position in your specific environment)

·Must be able to understand written, visual, or other sensory stimuli.

·Must have the ability to analyze written and spoken English.

·Must be able to cope effectively with stressful situation, multiple tasks and time constraints.

·Must be able to logically solve problems and follow written and verbal instructions.

·Must be able to work well with all customers and co-workers.

·Must demonstrate a cooperative, courteous and dependable working performance.

·Must possess high integrity and maintain confidentiality at all times.




Physical Requirements

(Check all that apply if essential to perform job – with or without accommodations)

?Talk/Hear (communicate, detect, converse with, discern, convey, express oneself, exchange information)

?See (defect, determine, perceive, identify, recognize, judge, observe, inspect, estimate, assess)

?Stand or Sit (stationary position)

?Walk (move, traverse)

?Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect, position)

?Climb (stairs/ladders) or Balance (ascent/descent, work stop, traverse)




?Taste/Smell (detect, distinguish, determine)



Lifting Requirements

(Check appropriate category to perform job – with or without accommodations)

?Level 1; Sedentary Work:Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

?Level 2; Light Work:Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.Requires walking or standing to a significant degree, pushing or pulling arm or leg controls or maintaining a production rate pace.Light work requires physical exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work.

?Level 3; Medium Work:Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

?Level 4; Heavy Work:Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

?Level 5; Very Heavy Work:Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of forces occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force constantly to move objects.




Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

(check all that apply)

?Normal Office Surroundings


?Exposure to Fumes

?Mechanical Hazards

?Exposure to Dust

?Chemical Hazards

?Exposure to Extreme Temperatures

?Electrical Hazards

?Wet and/or Humid

?Radiant Energy Hazards


?Explosives Hazards

?Mists or Gases

?Burn Hazards


Precautions must be followed when working in any health care environment.

OSHA Categories

(Complete this OSHA section for clinical/patient related jobs)

?Category I:Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.

?Category II:Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur.

?Category III:Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid, or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid.


Job ID: 78682

Posted 16 days ago

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