- Citizenship - must be a U.S. citizen.
- Education or Experience - a high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
- Certification - Certification by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at the GS-6 grade level.
- English Proficiency - Pharmacy Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Experience. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal government. To be creditable, this experience must have required the use of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):
- Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment.
- Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique.
- Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.
- Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:
- Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.
- Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.
- Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.
- Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.
- Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.
- Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0600/0661.htm
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Extended periods of sitting or standing, walking to restock medication, troubleshoot equipment, and perform quality assurance reports. Procurement activities also involve bending, stooping to stock shelves; some of work is sedentary at computer workstation. Physical demands of the position include lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 40 lbs) and delivery of loaded carts between pharmacy and ward areas. Position duties involve some exposure to compounding reagents. The incumbent is required to have average agility and dexterity. Endurance of very stressful periods may be required due to uncontrollable workload demands. Professional appearance, attitude and demeanor are required.
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.