Nuclear Pharmacy Technician

Company information

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a global, integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide.

The company provides clinically proven medical products and pharmaceuticals and cost-effective solutions that enhance supply chain efficiency from hospital to home. Cardinal Health connects patients, providers, payers, pharmacists and manufacturers for integrated care coordination and better patient management. Backed by nearly 100 years of experience, with more than 40,000 employees in nearly 60 countries, Cardinal Health ranks among the top 15 on the Fortune 500.

For nearly half of a century, the Nuclear Pharmacy Services business of Cardinal Health has set the standard for the radiopharmaceutical industry. Nuclear Pharmacy Services, whose network of over 130 pharmacies fills 65% of radiopharmaceutical unit doses nationwide, has consistently demonstrated leadership through innovation and a commitment to excellence.  

What Nuclear Pharmacy contributes to Cardinal Health

Nuclear Pharmacy is responsible for providing radiopharmaceuticals and other drugs to medical care providers under highly regulated State and Federal guidelines; may also consult with or advise physicians and nuclear medicine technologists on the safe and efficacious use of radioactive drugs for diagnosis and therapy


  • Overnight Shift
  • Monday - Friday Shift
  • Start times rotate weekly between 12:15am, 12:00am
  • 40 hrs/week
  • This role qualifies for PTO and full benefits


  • Training provided
  • Under the immediate direction of a qualified licensed Pharmacist on a one-to-one ratio, the Nuclear Pharmacy Technician Trainee is being trained to: 
  • Learn how to use the Order Receipt and Order Entry systems by becoming familiar with customers, locations, drug names and dosages and customer dose specifications. Know the BOP (Board of Pharmacy) state laws and requirements for radioactive order or prescription.  Learn how to identify failure modes. 
  • Under the direction of a Pharmacist, be able to elute generators and become proficient with dose calibrator, Moly-99 Assay, related calculations, and concentrations. Learn how to identify failure modes. 
  • Under the direction of a Pharmacist, be able to dispense prescriptions and compound by becoming proficient with vial set up, IV Hood USP 797 (United States Pharmacopeia) preparation, radioactive survey and decontamination, dose calibrator and GM (Geiger-Mueller) survey meter. Demonstrate ability to compound top 5 radioactive drugs and know the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) compliant technique. Demonstrate efficiency by being able to dispense a dose in under 90 seconds. Learn how to identify failure modes. 
  • Become familiar with the quality control process by becoming proficient with TOP 10 radioactive quality control test and set up and with the data entry system and MCA (Multi-channel analyzer)/SCA(single channel analyzer). Learn how to identify failure modes. 
  • Demonstrate compliance with the Dose Wrapping and DOT Packing procedures by understanding the DOT (Department of Transportation), BOP (Board of Pharmacy) and NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) regulations and paperwork, Become proficient with the GM (Geiger-Mueller) Survey Meter and with MCA (Multi-channel analyzer)/SCA (single channel analyzer).  Learn how to identify failure modes. 
  • Understand the radioactive waste return and decay process by demonstrating an understanding of the decay process and the processing of medical waste. Learn how to identify failure modes. 
  • Know the inventory and regulatory programs by knowing how to handle the incoming and outgoing check-in and packaging. Handle the stock room maintenance and 5S methodology visuals. 
  • Become familiar with the Voice of the Customer/ Voice of the Business /Continuous Improvement/Leadership Essentials by completing a one day shadowing at a customer site and a one day ride-a-long with a sales consultant. Collect and enter Customer Impact Data daily. Do a monthly review of the Pharmacy Scorecard with the manager. Review the Leadership Essentials, complete the White Belt Training in Operational Excellence. 
  • Perform other job related duties as required to ensure the goals and objectives of the department are met including delivering doses if necessary. 


  • High School diploma, equivalent work experience. BS degree preferred
  • Registration with the State Board of Pharmacy, licensure as a Pharmacy Technician.  Certification may be required
  • Past experience as a Pharmacy Technician a plus
  • Ability to hear, write, and speak clearly in order to communicate with customers and health care professionals. 
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Manual dexterity required for occasional reach, lifting and holding of small objects. 
  • Demonstrated manual dexterity in order to dispense doses. 
  • Ability to lift containers weighing up to 75 pounds. 
  • Must hold a valid driver's license in the state in which the pharmacy is located
  • Comfortable driving in all types of weather conditions (rain, sleet, snow, fog, wind and sun).  Deliveries occur during both nighttime and daytime conditions.  
  • Ability to become enrolled into the Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services Nuclear Pharmacy Technician program.
  • Flexibility to work various shifts or overtime as needed.
  • Intermediate computer skills (ability to use computers and tablets).
  • Ability to work weekends or be in a weekend rotation.
  • Ability to work on call or be in an on-call rotation.
  • Ability to work holidays or be in a holiday rotation.    
  • Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

What is expected of you and others at this level? 

  • Works to understand complex functional situations by paying attention to the details of the tasks at hand and by breaking them down into smaller pieces 
  • Proactively develops and maintains broad knowledge of the technical disciplines in own functional area(s); applies broad knowledge of trends and best practices in a manner that ensures exceptional performance and results. 
  • Ensures that customers have a positive experience; commits to meet or exceed customer expectations. 
  • Jointly develops practical implementation plans that consider cultural sensitivities with other accountable parties. 
  • Measures and evaluates the effectiveness of protocols, programs or deliverables; compares measurement results to standards and takes immediate action to close gaps identified. 

Your safety is our top priority. We regularly consult with medical professionals on best practices in COVID-19 prevention to protect our employees. We train our employees on these best practices and regularly clean our sites in accordance with CDC guidelines. Please note: All individuals entering our facilities are required to complete a self-health check, wear a mask and follow all posted guidelines.

Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.