Pharmacy Student

Description of position:

Under the direct supervision of the pharmacist, the pharmacy student will provide assistance and support for drug distribution, including assisting pharmacy staff with prescription order entry, packaging and compounding. Under the supervision of the pharmacist, the pharmacy student will also provide support to various expanded scope initiatives, such as aiding the pharmacist in the recruitment and implementation of our Health Promotion Clinics and assisting with medication review services. The pharmacy student may also provide limited counseling and education for prescription and OTC products in accordance to their clinical knowledge base and under the constant supervision of a pharmacist.

Daily tasks and responsibilities:

  • Answers and triages member phone calls and directs members to product location.
  • Collects the appropriate patient information and inputs prescriptions into the pharmacy software system accurately and efficiently under the supervision of a pharmacist.
  • Fills prescriptions by retrieving stock bottles, counting medications, labeling under the pharmacist’s supervision. Follows safety and security procedures at all times while completing these duties.
  • Alerts the pharmacist when necessary such as in cases of drug interactions or patient concerns
  • Complies with provincial regulations regarding the role of the pharmacy student and maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Follows Costco pharmacy’s policies and procedures
  • Assist patients at the counter, retrieves prescriptions and processes register transactions as per the provided procedures. Provides prompt and courteous patient service.
  • Communicates with patients regarding OTC products and answers questions under the supervision of the pharmacist and knows when to refer to the pharmacist when appropriate.
  • Depending on the competency level and provincial regulation, pharmacy student provides prescription counseling education under the direction and supervision of the pharmacist.
  • Identifies and recruits patients eligible for the medication review program and assists the pharmacist in performing medication review services.
  • Helps pharmacy staff stock drugs, supplies and OTC merchandise.
  • Works with the pharmacist to develop and implement plans to recruit and successfully run Costco Pharmacy’s Health Promotion clinics.
  • Works with pharmacy staff to keep the pharmacy clean and well organized.
  • Assists in other areas as necessary and under the direction of the pharmacist.

Non-Essential Functions and Tasks:

Assists in other areas of the warehouse as necessary.

Qualifications (Costco-specific or industry-specific skills that candidates must possess):

Education/Training:  Must be enrolled in an approved pharmacy program

Licenses/Certifications:  Must be registered with the respective College as a pharmacy   student 

Experience:  Candidates with community pharmacy experience and proficient with the       Kroll pharmacy software system is preferable. 

Knowledge/Skills:  Excellent communication and member service skills

Other:  Able to work in a fast paced environment and works well in a team