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Pharmacy Technician Inpatient/Outpatient

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Performs final review of medication (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit dose carts), and/or fills unit dose carts independently without secondary review. Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile).This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. Enters correct drug, strength, dosage form and quantity into the patient's medication profile (VISTA or otherwise).The medication profile is subsequently reviewed for accuracy by someone authorized to verify accuracy. Performs final verification of simple, non-sterile compounds prepared by technicians.

Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution.Identifies basic therapeutic problems, such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class, and alerts the pharmacist to the possible need for clinical intervention.

Performs all the duties of lower graded technicians, if required. Requires a working knowledge of principles relating to controlled substances, and the requirements of medical center policy and Federal and State regulations which apply to these drugs. Knowledge of trending and analysis necessary to insure that problems associated with waste, fraud or abuse are identified quickly and reported to supervisor. Preparing and filling all inpatient and outpatient orders and requests for controlled substances. Monitors and analyzes orders and distribution patterns to identify questionable circumstances or unusual trends.Communicates potential problems to supervisor. Conducts regularly scheduled inventory of safe.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 08:30 am - 5:00 pm (40 hour work week) and after hours if needed to meet the demands of patient care.

Basic Requirements

: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.


Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g, this part).

Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent.

Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board(PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.

English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy Technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a, this part.


Creditable Experience: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of Pharmacy Technician practice.

Quality of Experience: To be creditable, Pharmacy Technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.


In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:


Experience. One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSA's at the next lower level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA's and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSA's designated by and asterisk(*).

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.

Assignments. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists.For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting: (15-44 pounds); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling (less than 30 minutes); Pushing (less than 30 minutes); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 6 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13 to 16; hearing (aid permitted).

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

VA 1028-50c and copy of Certification


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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VA 1028-50c and copy of Certification

Other Veterans Document




Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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