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Pharmacy Technician

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Kerrville
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Job Description:

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. 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. Preferred Experience:
One year experience as a pharmacy technician
Experience as an outpatient pharmacy technician
Experience as a inpatient pharmacy technician
Pharmacy Inventory management experience
Pharmacy Automation experience
PTCB certification Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria
must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-2:
Experience. None beyond the basic requirement.
Assignment. Employees at this grade level serve in a pharmacy technician/aide-training level
position. 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:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to maintain appropriate files.
2. Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision.
3. Ability to communicate with patients and other health professions.
Assignments. Employees at this grade level serve in a pharmacy technician/aide training level
position. 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:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
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.
Assignments. Pharmacy technicians at the GS-4 level perform all duties expected of employees at
the GS-3 level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to
operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and techniques. 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:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
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.
Assignments. This is the full performance level for pharmacy technicians. Employees at this grade
level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members for
more complex patients and procedures, and require minimal supervision. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-02 to GS-05. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds Light; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Straight pulling ( 3 hours); Pushing (3 hours); Reaching above shoulder ;Use of fingers ;Both hands required; Walking ( 8 hours); Standing ( 8 hours); Kneeling ( 1hours) ;Repeated bending (1 Hour);Both legs required ;Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirement DVA Correctable to 20/40;Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors ;Hearing (aid may be permitted); Working around machinery with moving parts; Protracted or irregular hours of work. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Keywords: Veterans Health Administration, San Antonio , Pharmacy Technician, Professions , Kerrville, Texas

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