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Become A Clinical Staff Pharmacist

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Working As A Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $104,496

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Staff Pharmacist Do

A Clinical Staff Pharmacist is responsible for supervising pharmacy dispensing processes and the consultation of patients. They analyze prescribing trends to ensure patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions.

How To Become A Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited pharmacy program. They must also be licensed, which requires passing licensure and law exams.


Prospective pharmacists are required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a postgraduate professional degree. In July 2014, there were 130 Doctor of Pharmacy programs fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Admissions requirements vary by program, however, all Doctor of Pharmacy programs require applicants to take postsecondary courses such as chemistry, biology, and anatomy. Most programs require at least 2 years of undergraduate study, although some require a bachelor’s degree. Most programs also require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

Pharm.D. programs usually take 4 years to finish, although some programs offer a 3-year option. Some schools admit high school graduates into a 6-year program. A Pharm.D. program includes courses in chemistry, pharmacology, and medical ethics. Students also complete supervised work experiences, sometimes referred to as internships, in different settings such as hospitals and retail pharmacies.

Some pharmacists who own their own pharmacy may choose to get a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in addition to their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Others may get a degree in public health.


Following graduation from a Pharm.D. program, pharmacists seeking an advanced position, such as a clinical pharmacy or research job, may need to complete a 1- to 2-year residency. Pharmacists who choose to complete the 2-year residency option receive additional training in a specialty area such as internal medicine or geriatric care.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states license pharmacists. After they finish the Pharm.D. program, prospective pharmacists must pass two exams to get a license. The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) tests pharmacy skills and knowledge. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a state-specific test on pharmacy law is also required. Applicants also must complete a number of hours as an intern, which varies by state.

Pharmacists who administer vaccinations and immunizations need to be certified in most states. States typically use the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program as a qualification for certification.

Pharmacists also may choose to earn a certification to show their advanced level of knowledge in a certain area. For instance, a pharmacist may become a Certified Diabetes Educator, a qualification offered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or earn certification in a specialty area, such as nutrition or oncology, from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Certifications from both organizations require varying degrees of work experience, as well as passing an exam and paying a fee.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. To do this, they must be able to evaluate a patient’s needs and the prescriber’s orders, and have extensive knowledge of the effects and appropriate circumstances for giving out a specific medication.

Communication skills. Pharmacists frequently offer advice to patients. They might need to explain how to take a medicine, for example, and what its side effects are. They also need to offer clear direction to pharmacy technicians and interns.

Computer skills. Pharmacists need computer skills to use any electronic health record (EHR) systems that their organization has adopted.

Detail oriented. Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the prescriptions they fill. They must be able to find the information that they need to make decisions about what medications are appropriate for each patient, because improper use of medication can pose serious health risks.

Managerial skills. Pharmacists—particularly those who run a retail pharmacy—must have good managerial skills, including the ability to manage inventory and oversee a staff.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Amharic

  • Gujarati

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Russian

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Real Clinical Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Staff Pharmacist St. Joseph Regional Health Center Bryan, TX Apr 28, 2012 $124,218
AMB Clinical Staff Pharmacist Dallas County Hospital District Dallas, TX Apr 10, 2015 $123,926
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Multicare Health System Tacoma, WA Mar 15, 2010 $118,542
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Charlotte Mecklenburge Hospital Authority Shelby, NC Feb 06, 2015 $115,771 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Cleveland County Healthcare System Shelby, NC May 22, 2014 $115,771 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Stormont-Vail Healthcare Topeka, KS Sep 21, 2015 $112,320
Pharmacist-Staff Clinical 1 Community Medical Centers Fresno, CA Sep 26, 2012 $109,317 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, IL May 07, 2016 $109,200
Clinical Staff Pharmacist University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, IL Jul 13, 2016 $109,200
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Inc. Muncie, IN Mar 14, 2016 $105,851 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Regency Hospital of Odessa, LLLP Odessa, TX May 17, 2010 $104,496 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. Hazard, KY Nov 20, 2010 $103,000
Clinical Staff Pharmacist St. Joseph Regional Health Center Bryan, TX Apr 28, 2015 $101,950 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist St. Joseph Regional Health Center Bryan, TX Jan 23, 2015 $101,950 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist St. Joseph Regional Health Center Bryan, TX May 01, 2011 $101,220
Clinical Staff Pharmacist The Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital Authorit Charlotte, NC Oct 10, 2016 $100,197 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist The Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital Authorit Charlotte, NC Apr 09, 2016 $99,861 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Ball Memorial Hospital, Inc. Muncie, IN Mar 21, 2011 $97,000 -
Clinical Staff Pharmacist Ball Memorial Hospital, Inc. Muncie, IN Sep 01, 2011 $96,990 -

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Top Skills for A Clinical Staff Pharmacist


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Top Clinical Staff Pharmacist Skills

  1. New Pharmacists
  2. Medication Therapy
  3. Pharmacokinetic
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained and mentored new pharmacists at the request of the director of pharmacy.
  • Provided Medication Therapy Management for Medicare and other eligible patients.
  • Provided clinical services including pharmacokinetic and monitored anticoagulation dosing.
  • Monitored renal dosing of all medications for deficient renal function patients and documented clinical care interventions.
  • Provided drug information services to physicians and nurses.

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