A pharmacy specialist in the US Navy, Army or National Guard is responsible for the maintenance and operation of Military pharmacies on base. Pharmacy specialists will prepare and mix ingredients for prescriptions, fill prescription orders, double-check orders with physicians, check prescriptions for patient allergies and perform maintenance checks of the facility and destroy expired medications. The pharmacy specialist works below the pharmacist, following the pharmacists specific orders.
Train to Become a Navy Pharmacy Specialist
To become a pharmacy specialist for the US Navy, candidates must complete 12 to 17 additional weeks of in-field and classroom training after the first 9 weeks of basic training. Educational training includes learning the laws and regulations of the pharmacy industry, the types of medications and their uses and the techniques for mixing and distributing medications.
Seeking a Civilian Career After the Navy
A pharmacy specialist retiring from Navy service will easily retire to a career at a civilian pharmacy. With the training each pharmacy specialists endures prior to Naval service and experience earned during service, the retiree should easily find a career at one of the many local pharmacies in their area. Pharmacy specialists may also seek careers as pharmacists my completing pharmacy school, and the experience and military training will help the applicant with acceptance into a pharmacy school and degree program.
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