Citizenship. Citizen of the
United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit
qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this
Language Proficiency. Pharmacists
must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C.
7402(d), and 7407(d).
Education. 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. Verification
of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for
Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois
60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.
(NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both
baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole
degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)
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 (TOEFL iBT).
Licensure. 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. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any
license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in
a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions
in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
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, are 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.
pharmacists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a
temporary appointment at the entry level as a Graduate Pharmacist under the
authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the
requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a pharmacist
that provides care under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. For grade
levels above the GS-11, the candidate must be licensed.
Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, pharmacists must
actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the unlicensed
pharmacist with the written requirement to obtain licensure, the date by
which the license must be acquired, and the consequences for not
becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to become licensed within 2 years from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0660 Pharmacist
series and may result in termination of employment.
Provision. All licensed
pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this
qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification
requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education
and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic
requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic
requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications
applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following
(1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-660
occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full
performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation,
but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in
supervisory or managerial positions.
Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of
the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or
be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the
basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this
occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or
licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of
this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a
condition of employment in the occupation.
If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the
occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA
qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the
Knowledge of Professional Pharmacy
Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the
use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy
practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a
professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate
Residency and Fellowship Training. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized
area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience
on a year-for-year basis. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by
the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program
that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will
need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional
Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice
for the determination).
Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to
pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate
Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional
pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate
Experience. Part-time experience
as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the
full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a
1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks
Determinations. In addition to
the basic requirements for employment in paragraph 2, the following criteria
must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)
Education. In addition to
the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:
1. 1 year of experience equivalent
to the next lower grade level, or
2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited
Assignment. A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine
medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated
Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include,
but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication
orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders;
interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding
medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the
patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from
the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems;
contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and
interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies;
taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation;
providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including
therapeutic substitutions, no formulary reviews and medication usage
evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in
medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of
medication distribution. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate
the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):
1. Knowledge of professional
2. Ability to communicate orally and
in writing to both patients and health care staff.
3. Knowledge of laws, regulations,
and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of
scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.
4. Skill in monitoring and assessing
the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation
of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.
WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires standing , walking for short periods of
time, light carrying and lifting under 15 pounds; bending, reaching and
stooping. The work also involves working around machinery with moving parts and
working closely with others.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15. These standards
are available for review in the local HR Office.
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.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.
Applicants Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.
This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, and fax transmissions, etc.
Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.
Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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.
You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's). Applicants who meet the qualification and basic requirements will be further evaluated by the Professional Standards Board for this occupation to determine the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, and supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the KSAOs listed below. All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAO in their CV or resume. Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating. Please review carefully before making an online response selection. Your application, resume and supporting documents will be used to verify your response.
1. 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.
2. Knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics,
pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics.
in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies includeing physical
assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials
or other research related to health care.
to communicate both orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical
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).