- U.S. citizenship.
- Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited college or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOFEL iBT). Transcripts required
- 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; or plans to obtain a full, unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia within the next two years. Copy of current license required if applicable.
- Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
To qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must meet the basic requirements listed above.
To qualify at the GS-12 level, in addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level OR have completed an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program (transcript required). In addition, pharmacists at the GS-12 level must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)-
- Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.
- Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.
- Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratoyr and other diagnostic parameters.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard dated June 7, 2012, and the OPM Individual Occupational Requirement for Pharmacists located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0600/0660.htm
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Refer to VA Directive and Handbook 5019
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
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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.