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Pharmacist I (7982)

Pharmacist I

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: SY60
  • Class Code: 7982
  • Established: 1931
  • Revised: 05/07/1991
  • Title Changed: 03/02/1961


Under direction, to perform professional pharmaceutical work; to supervise the work of nonprofessional assistants; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Prepares, manufactures, and dispenses drugs and pharmaceutical preparations; fills prescriptions; reviews patients' charts and medication regimens; participates in treatment team meetings; provides ongoing consultation to the treatment teams and to the Medical Review Committee; implements and/or maintains unit dose system; as required, supervises and instructs nonprofessional assistants in routine phases of the work; keeps records of drugs, poisons, and narcotics as required by Federal and State laws; properly handles investigational drugs; assists in the preparation of estimates and requisitions for the drugs, sundries and chemicals required, and keeps records of those received, on hand and dispensed; provides or assists with in-service training; supervises, instructs, and is responsible for nonprofessional assistants doing the routine, maintenance, and technical aspects of pharmaceutical work; and performs other related work.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a licentiate in pharmacy issued by the State Board of Pharmacy. (Individuals in their final semester of an accredited school of pharmacy or have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy may be admitted to the exam, however, they must secure a valid certificate of registration as a licentiate in pharmacy before they will be considered eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Compounding of prescriptions and stock pharmaceutical preparations; drugs, chemicals, and pharmaceutical supplies required in the operation of a dispensary; laws pertaining to dispensing and use of narcotics and poisons; principles of effective supervision; department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Compound prescriptions and stock pharmaceutical preparations; supervise the work of others; keep records and prepare reports; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; assimilate and provide information on drugs and their actions; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to work in a State institution and freedom from communicable diseases; willingness to work as a team member with other professional staff; willingness to provide patient-oriented services.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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