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Become A Pharmacist Supervisor

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Working As A Pharmacist Supervisor

  • 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

  • $121,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacist Supervisor Do

A Pharmacist Supervisor is responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating various pharmacy tasks. They hire and interview pharmacists and their aides, dispense and compound pharmaceutical medicines and prescriptions, and ensure that pharmacy services are in accordance with departmental standards and government laws and regulations.

How To Become A Pharmacist Supervisor

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.

Education

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.

Training

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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Real Pharmacist Supervisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacy Supervisor Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jan 12, 2016 $159,578
Pharmacy Supervisor Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Aug 15, 2016 $145,600
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Dec 08, 2016 $139,412 -
$172,407
Pharmacy Supervisor Baptist Hospital of Miami, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 30, 2013 $137,536
Pharmacy Supervisor Field Management CVS RX Services, Inc. Longview, TX Oct 15, 2015 $137,345
Pharmacist Supervisor Brownsvillepharmacy1LLC Brownsville, TX Apr 11, 2016 $136,500
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. White Bear Lake, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Woodbury, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Little Canada, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Maplewood, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Arroyo Grande, CA Apr 15, 2015 $131,105 -
$200,352
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Miami, FL Jan 17, 2012 $121,359 -
$139,140
District Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Dublin, CA Jun 17, 2012 $121,359 -
$145,485
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL Jul 31, 2013 $121,359 -
$139,140
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Abilene, TX Nov 03, 2016 $121,171 -
$155,294
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Abilene, TX Jan 29, 2016 $121,171 -
$155,294
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 22, 2011 $120,649 -
$145,485
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 13, 2011 $120,245 -
$144,997
District Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Sep 08, 2010 $120,023 -
$67
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Novi, MI Jun 07, 2011 $115,000 -
$129,000
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. West Bloomfield, MI Feb 01, 2011 $115,000 -
$129,000
District Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Irving, TX Mar 20, 2013 $114,785 -
$135,551
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 23, 2012 $114,785 -
$135,551
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Longview, TX Sep 18, 2012 $114,785 -
$135,551
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. West Bloomfield, MI Oct 01, 2011 $114,034 -
$129,770

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Top Skills for A Pharmacist Supervisor

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Top Pharmacist Supervisor Skills

  1. Pharmacy Staff
  2. DUR
  3. Customer Service Issues
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised pharmacy staff to promote and maintain quality pharmaceutical services and appropriate and cost effective drug utilization within the pharmacy budget.
  • Hired to resolve deficiencies in IV sterile procedure room and oversee formulation of oncology medications for 1600-bed regional hospital.
  • Responded to escalated calls/customer service issues to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Supervised and managed up to 18 pharmacy technicians in a busy hospital pharmacy service.
  • Communicate all relevant pharmacy matters to corporate leaders (Pharmacy Operations Mgr, District Mgr, Regional Mgr, Vice President)

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