Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
Education: Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
Licensure/Registration: Possess full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure.
NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, is not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. 38 U.S.C. § 7402(f). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.
Loss of Licensure or Certification:
Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.
Must pass pre-employment physical, see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency:
RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GRADE REQUIREMENTS
(1) Creditable Experience
a. Knowledge of Current Professional Pharmacy Practices.
To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice. The experience or education must demonstrate current professional practice. This may be evidenced by one or more of the following during the 3-year period prior to appointment:
- The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board ; or
- In addition to a full, current and unrestricted license, annual completion of a minimum of 15 continuing education units (CEUs) recognized by ACPE, or as required by the licensing authority by which the pharmacist is licensed; or
- A Master's or Ph.D. degree in pharmacy or a related health care field.
b. Crediting Residency and Fellowship Training as Experience
- Pharmacy degree programs have changed over time from the traditional bachelor's 4-year degree to the 6-year Pharm.D. or formal post-baccalaureate (Pharm.D.) hospital oriented degree program as recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). This change impacts the entry level for placement when compared to traditional two-grade level qualification standards for other occupations.
- After completing the degree requirements, many pharmacists seeking hospital positions complete a 1-year PGY-1 (and occasionally a 1-year PGY-2) clinical pharmacy residency program or a 2year pharmacy fellowship program (particularly those pharmacists interested in research positions). This post-degree training is creditable as experience on a year-for-year basis (e.g., completion of a Pharm.D. degree and 1-year clinical residency is qualifying for GS-12; completion of a Pharm.D. degree and a
- A residency accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) does not include internships which are shorter training programs designated to meet the requirements of boards of pharmacy for licensure. Residencies may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis. There are two levels of residency. The Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) is a general practice residency. The Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) residencies are in specialized areas of pharmacy practice.
- Fellowship programs are typically 2-year VA training programs in a specialized area of clinical practice. Applicants for these programs usually possess a Pharm.D. or an equivalent degree and have completed an accredited clinical or specialized residency (or both). Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.
b. Quality of Experience.
Experience is only creditable if it is post-licensure experience as a professional pharmacist directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level.
c. Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
(2) Board Certification. Board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties or the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists is awarded based on successful completion of a validated exam. Individuals usually have multiple years of experience prior to successful completion of the Exam. Certified Diabetic Educators (CDE) awarded by the National Certification Board for Diabetic Education is considered an equivalent board certification.
(3) Certificate Programs in Pharmacy. Only accept certifications accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The ACPE recognizes accredited specialized treatment programs in disease state management that meet the criteria established. They teach specialized skills in disease management and may be considered when setting the entry step of the individual.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GRADE DETERMINATION
GS-12 - Clinical Pharmacist
Experience. Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency.
Clinical Pharmacist. A Clinical Pharmacist spends significant time in Clinical Practice
(> 25percent). Examples of practice sites include but are not limited to: medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, spinal cord injury, primary care, ambulatory care including open pharmacy, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, medical research and others recognized by the professional standards board.
Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience requirements and KSAs at the GS-11 level, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:
- Comprehensive knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, informatics systems, drug information, etc. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;
- Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;
- Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters;
- Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care;
- Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical decisions;
- Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical decisions;
- Comprehensive knowledge of DEA, FDA, VA, the State (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate), TJC and other standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs to both inpatients and outpatients (including research and investigational drugs); and
- Ability to manage people and/or programs. (An additional KSA for Pharmacy Supervisor positions.)
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.