A Pharmacy Coordinator performs both clinical and non-clinical tasks for a pharmacy. They are in charge of creating and maintaining policies and procedures so that the pharmacy operates efficiently. Pharmacy Coordinators are also tasked with providing support to the staff and completing various administrative duties.
The Pharmacy Coordinator typically works under the supervision of a pharmacy manager or pharmacy director. Generally they are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the pharmacy.
Responsibilities of a Pharmacy Coordinator include:
- Provide pharmaceutical care to patients
- Train, mentor and manage entry-level personnel
- Manage staff schedules
- Oversee customer service standards
- Help maintain pharmacy compliance standards
- Communicate with physicians regarding medications
- Provide education to staff pharmacists
- Develop and improve organizational processes
- Measure and analyze protocols and programs for improvement
Qualifications for a Pharmacy Coordinator
Pharmacy Coordinators must have a high school diploma or equivalent, a degree/certificate as a pharmacy technician, and prior experience in supervising the operations of a pharmacy. Strong communication and analytical skills are recommended.
Some pharmacies require Pharmacy Coordinators to graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education school or a college of pharmacy. A Doctor of Pharmacy, or PharmD, degree is often preferred. They must also be licensed to practice Pharmacy in the state in which they work.