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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Retail Pharmacy Technician Trainee / No Pharmacy Experience Needed! in Boston, Massachusetts

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Retail Pharmacy Technician Trainee / No Pharmacy Experience Needed!

Department Description:No prior experience in health care OR as a Pharmacy Technician required!

Great way to start your health care career. Learn the fundamentals of being a pharmacy technician in a diverse healthcare environment. You’ll get the opportunity to develop basic patient care skills and have the chance to work with a world renowned health care team consisting of pharmacists, nurses and physicians. We will assist you with obtaining your trainee license from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy prior to starting and help steer you to become a fully licensed technician within a year.

Regarding our $1500.00 Sign On Bonus:

• Sign on bonuses are paid out in two payments. You will receive your first payment (half of the total amount) within the first 30 days of employment and is subject to applicable taxes. You will receive the second payment (remaining balance) at six (6) months following your start date and is subject to applicable taxes.

• Full time status at BIDMC is considered for schedules greater than or equal to 30 hours per week; part time status is 20 to 29 hours per week. Please note, per diem employees are not eligible for sign on bonuses.

• Current and Former BILH candidates - restrictions apply. BIDMC Internal employees or employees within the BILH system are not eligible for the bonus or if you have been employed by a BILH entity within the last 12 months.

• Please note, sign on bonuses are subject to change based on the organization’s hiring needs and will be determined by Talent Acquisition on an ongoing basis. BILH/BIDMC Talent Acquisition reserves the right to change sign on bonus eligible jobs and amounts at any time.

Job Location:Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID:44910BR

Job Summary:The Retail Pharmacy Technician Trainee (PTT) is responsible for providing technical support under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in the outpatient/retail pharmacy. PTT's duties include bedside delivery of medications and performing drop-off and pick-up window duties, and performing various quality control tasks as assigned. In addition, the PTT will participate in training and orientation of new PTTs and pharmacy students and bedside delivery to patients. The PTT role is intended to open the opportunity for those with no prior health care experience develop into a well-rounded pharmacy technician.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Learn, understand and be able to relay information to patients and caregivers regarding routine/maintenance medication requests (telephonic, fax, Patient site, E- prescription queue) for patients. Manages the administrative responsibilities for faxing, filing, mailing, and documenting status in medical record of non-electronically routable prescriptions.

  • Develop and master an understanding of product and payer reimbursement landscape and prior authorization guidelines and processes. Collects and communicate all data needed to facilitate prior authorization approvals. Convey status updates as appropriate including information with appeals.

  • Provides exceptional customer service to internal and external customers. Resolves any customer requests in a timely and accurate manner. Escalates complaints accordingly; maintains frequent contact with patient, provider and pharmacy staff.

  • Build productive trust relationships with customers through interactions at pharmacy counter and bedside.

  • Participates in quality initiatives and process improvement efforts for prescription requests, prior authorizations, education for providers and staff and pharmacy updates.

  • Processes payments by totaling purchases, processing checks, cash, and store or other credit and debit cards.

  • Assists with inventory, including receiving, appropriate storage and stocking merchandise and medications.

  • Promote patient health by offering available expanded pharmacy services such as (but not limited to), delivery, vaccination, synchronization and mobile app utilization.

  • Handle returns of merchandise and immediately notify pharmacists of any issues that may warrant prescription returns

  • Delivery of medications to bedside in a timely manner to improve discharge times and ensure patients leave with their medications prior to discharge. This includes effective communication to ensure proper change of custody of medication and setting standards across the health system

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required.

  • 0-1 years related work experience required in work experience in sales / direct customer service.

  • Licensed as a Massachusetts Registered Pharmacy Technician Trainee upon employment (upon candidate selection, assistance in obtaining this license will provided by pharmacy leadership)

  • As required by 247 CMR 8.03 (5) Pharmacy Technician trainees must submit for pharmacy technician license after completing 500 hours but before 1500 hours or 1 year of service (whichever comes first)

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in fast paced environment with ability to manage many customers at once

  • Experience in healthcare or Retail Pharmacy preferred. Ability to develop strong relationships with diverse groups of professionals (physicians, nurses, administration, etc.)


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are routine, somewhat repetitive and generally solved by following clear directions and procedures and by identifying opportunities for process improvements.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.

  • Written Communications:Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.