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Pharmacy Technician

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Pharmacy Technician

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs




Washington (WA)

Position type:


Application End Date:


This announcement may be used to fill vacancies within all functional areas of the Pharmacy Department, at both the Seattle and American Lake Campuses. The position function as an experienced Pharmacy Technician responsible for providing care to veterans. They will have advanced knowledge of the laws, regulations and policies pertaining to controlled substances, DEA requirements, and other relevant state and federal regulations including but not limited to:

Technician Telephone Care and Controlled Substances

Performing complex duties in the pharmacy telephone care program

Providing education via telephone

Responding to messages from patients

Serving as a back-up controlled substances technician as needed

Responsible for receiving, inventorying, and dispensing controlled substances in the Controlled Substances vault

Ensuring accurate and complete record keeping for controlled substances

Operating automated dispensing equipment and extracting information from pharmacy information systems

Understanding and applying Medical Center policies and procedures

Communicating effectively with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, schedulers, and other healthcare personnel

Outpatient Pharmacy Technician

Processing and filling outpatient prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist

Reviewing outpatient drug orders and patient refill requests

Packaging and labeling unit of use medications

Operating pharmacy equipment and restocks the cabinets

Compounding and/or reconstituting oral and external medications (non-sterile)

Answering questions from medical center staff regarding pharmacy operations and drug distribution as appropriate

Monitoring pharmacy refrigerator/freezer temperatures

Collecting drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes as required

Inpatient Pharmacy Technician

Preparing antineoplastic agents

Conducting inventory control for ward stock, bar-coded unit dose, bulk, and IV admixture products and emergency crash carts

Daily maintenance of automated dispensing equipment

Interpreting data from pharmacy information systems

Making recommendations regarding operational issues

Operating and caring for automated equipment

Following written instructions for sterile compounding using aseptic technique

Maintaining safe work practices when using hazardous materials (e.g. antineoplastic agents)

Providing services to the ambulatory care pharmacy section or controlled substances vault as assigned.

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.

Education or Experience: One year of experience at the next lower grade level and must fully meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities at the next lower grade level.

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.

Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.


: One year of experience at the next lower grade and must meet the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (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.

Grade Determinations

: GS-6: One year experience at the next lower level and must fully meet the knowledge skill and abilities at the next lower level. The candidate must demonstrate the following technical knowledge skill and abilities and the potential to acquire the assignment specific knowledge skill and abilities.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.


: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard

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

Physical Requirements:

Moderate Lifting (15-44 pounds); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Both legs required; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing without aid.None

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

PTCB 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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

Cover Letter



PTCB Certification

VA Disability Rating Letter





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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