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Job Title:Pharmacy Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:CIH-13-836739-HMG

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




5 vacancies in the following location:
Des Moines, IA United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 836739 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

 These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. 

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-2 to GS-6.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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Work Schedule: 7am-330pm, 8am-430pm, 830-5pm, 12noon – 8pm, during the week; 7am – 3pm on weekends and holidays (weekends and holidays are rotating)


All Purpose Pharmacy Technicians spend time in the Inpatient and Outpatient work areas:

Performing tasks related to preparing inpatient deliveries, preparing medications and supplies for outpatient dispensing / or mailings, which includes controlled and non-controlled medications and supplies and compounding medications, customer phone service, assisting with clinical services, assisting with basic pharmacy services including procurement, and other tasks as assigned by pharmacy leadership including but not limited to special projects for the service.  This technician must demonstrate the following knowledge, competencies, skills, abilities, and other characteristics:

·         To operate inpatient and outpatient automation

·         To function in the pharmacy phone system

·         Demonstrate inventory management principles and practice (ward audits, expirations, cycle counts, narcotic inspections, vault, pharmacy inventory, emergency carts, trays, etc.)

·         To comply with the procedures and policies with control substance accountability, security, and all related procedures.

·         To operate computer applications related to pharmacy functions

·         To comply with the procedures and policies addressing the recall notifications

·         To comply with the procedures and policies addressing compounding medications

·         To comply with the procedures and policies preparing intravenous and chemotherapy preparations according to the accepted quality standards

·         Complies with completion of mandatory trainings and education

·         Complies with all GEMS policies and procedures 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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·         U.S. citizenship.  

·         English Language Proficiency


GS-2: Experience.  None beyond the basic requirement.

GS-3: Education or Experience.  Completion of 1 year of post-high school coursework related to medicine (e.g. chemistry, biology, college mathematics, etc.), or successful completion of a 1 year accredited pharmacy technician training program, or 6 months of general experience, that may have included experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, laboratory technology, etc.).  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

    1.  Ability to maintain appropriate files. 

    2.  Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision.


    3.  Ability to communicate with patients and other health professions.

GS-4: Education or Experience.  Successful completion of 2 years above high school with courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology, or 1 year of general experience that may have included experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, laboratory technology, etc.)  Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program conducted by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision is creditable on a month-for-month basis for general experience.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

            1.  Ability to process and fill prescriptions under supervision.


    2.  Ability to operate and maintain dispensing equipment.


    3.  Ability to operate pharmacy information systems.


    4.  Ability to maintain appropriate files.


    5.  Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision.

GS-5: Education or Experience.  Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 

   1.  Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment.


    2 .  Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique.


    3.  Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.


    4.  Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.


GS-6: Experience.  One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

Certification.  PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.

    1.  Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.


    2.  Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

    3.  Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.

    4.  Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.


    5.  Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts. 

    6.  Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.




References : Input applicable reference and links.   For VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Pre employment physical is 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: 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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU SHOULD INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE  FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 836739.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (recommended).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Holland M. Goeser
Phone: (515)699-5674
Agency Information:
VHA Central Iowa HCS
3600 30th Street
Des Moines, IA


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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