Oregon Health & Science University

Pharmacy Technician 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Inpatient Pharmacy
Salary Range
$25.33 - $34.26 per hour, Commensurate with experience, qualifications and internal equity.
Monday - Friday, every other weekend, rotating overnight
6:00 am - 2:30 pm; 2:30 pm - 11:00 pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable
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Department Overview

This position provides technical support to pharmacists through preparation of unit doses, data entry, delivery of medications, and cartfill exchange. Functions as a liaison and a point of contact for various pharmacy operations and interdisciplinary team members. Facilitate and prioritizes time sensitive duties which may include but are not limited to delivery of urgent medications, pharmacy program support and operational procedures. Person working this shift is responsible for ensuring accountability and accuracy of standard operations procedures in these areas. Position works under direct supervision of a Pharmacist who is responsible for the safe and proper distribution and use of drugs in inpatients and outpatients who range in age from neonates, infants <1 year old, children and adolescents ages 1-18, adults ages 19-65, and the elderly age >65. Be able to perform duties as specified in Pharmacy Technician 1 Class specification as applicable to work unit.


This position comes with fabulous benefits! Highlights include:

  • Vacation - up to 208 hours per year pending length of service for full-time employees
  • Sick Leave - 64 hours per year for full-time employees
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Comprehensive medical, dental & vision care plans. Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
  • $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
  • Retirement: Choose between pension plan or employee matching voluntary savings plan
  • Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • OHSU is a non-profit organization, so we qualify for the Public Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Innovative Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Discounts

Function/Duties of Position

  • Assist pharmacist through performance of the following technical support activities:
    • Computer order entry of inpatient and outpatient orders.
    • Filling unit dose medication orders.
    • Select ordered medications from inventory to fill new orders or to provide 24-hours medication for distribution to patient's room.
    • Answering telephone, filing, billing / crediting and medication profile
    • Load and refill medications into automated dispensing cabinet stations.
    • Maintain manufacturing logs and documents to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies.
  • Prioritize labels from new orders to assure that product is delivered to label location at least one hour prior to label due time.
  • Organize and restock work areas during and prior to end of shift, and remove expired medication.
  • Round to nursing locations; deliver items and remove excess and discontinued oral dosage and injectable dosage units from patients’ bins and refrigerators and return to pharmacy for action.
  • Perform Unit Dose functions including:
    • Tube medications from pharmacy to hospital and clinic areas
    • Repackage medications for unit dose dispensing; maintain and replenish stock for emergency trays and kits.
    • Return medications to stock and perform credits.
    • Record refrigerator temperature daily.
    • Process narcotics for removal from Pharmacy inventory and order replacements as needed.
    • Maintain barcode medication integrity by ensuring medications are barcoded before leaving the pharmacy.
  • System optimization, hardware maintenance, user support, reporting, file transmission and assistance in problem-solving pertaining to automation and technology.
  • Performs a detailed and thorough audit of controlled substances medications dispensed for a patient and reconciles against products documented as adminisered or returned to the pharmacy for wasting.
  • Demonstrates the ability to strengthen accountability, identify suspected diversion, and responds to known or suspected diversion incidents to avoid serious patient care, legal, and compliance implications.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of high school degree
  • State of Oregon Pharmacy Technician License
  • Certification from the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or National Healthcareer Association. Certification must be maintained.
  • 1 year of Pharmacy work experience, or equivalent additional education
  • Computer keyboard
  • Ability to read and understand medical-related terms
  • Ability to perform basic pharmaceutical mathematics calculations
  • Skill at manipulating small objects, e.g., needles, syringes, ampules
  • Ability to use mechanical system for transfer of fluids
  • Knowledge of and skill at application of aseptic technique
  • Ability to establish priorities in workflow
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work under supervision of diverse Pharmacists
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Formal pharmacy technician training program
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital pharmacy experience
  • Medical and scientific nomenclature

Additional Details

Environment, Physical Demands & Equipment Usage


Possible exposure to hazardous chemicals and noise. Understand the difference of non-hazardous and hazardous medications; safely handle hazardous medications per regulatory guidelines. Flexibility in scheduling of shift times. Accountability for accuracy associated with performance of the duties to this position.


Ability to stand/walk, push or pull delivery carts, bending and reaching for 6-8 continuous hours per day.Maintain automated dispensing cabinet movement and stock to accommodate patient needs. Ability to manipulate dosage form devices (i.e., syringes, unit dose packaging etc).

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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