Health Technician

Fort Detrick, Maryland
Jun 23, 2022
Jun 25, 2022
Full Time

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Uses word processing software to produce a variety of documents such as encounter forms, treatment plans, and specialty procedures.
  • Utilizes Medicine Package daily for entry, edit and display of data from a large number medical tests and procedures.
  • Utilizes Mailman Menu for communication purposes between services in treatment of patients and administrative and official business between and within the clinic and other VA facilities.
  • Assists in orientation of physicians and other clinical personnel including proper procedures for requesting medical tests and the requirement for completion of exams.
  • Maintains provider schedules and enters orders accurately per text order and verifies that orders are completed.
  • Updates all patient demographics and obtains Release of Information when necessary.
  • Maintains and runs open encounter report and notifies provider of any open encounters.
  • Tracks consult and schedules patients appropriately.
  • Utilizes VISTA/Dashboard to process travel claims.
  • Establishes, maintains and revises the office filing system.
  • Maintains and orders medical and admin supplies.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm
Telework: Not Eligible
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD07669A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/24/2022.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SCREEN-OUT) - A Selective Placement Factor (SPF) has been identified for this position. Selective Placement Factors (SPF) are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for the position. Applicants who do not meet the SPF are ineligible for further consideration.

Selective Placement Factors (SPF): Performs venipuncture and performs and processes blood, urine, and sputum testing. (All aspects of this SPF MUST be clearly represented within your resume).

INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT (IOR):An IOR is a basic requirement that must be met in order to qualify for entry into this job series, and it is something that can't be waived.

IOR Specialized Experience: Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled.

GRADE DETERMINTION FOR GS-6: In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) as listed above, applicants must also meet the Specialized Experience that is directly related to that of the position.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
    Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Using database software to enter, revise, sort and retrieve data for reports or review; Utilizing computer systems to make appointments and order appropriate labs for patients; Communicating both orally and in writing to patients, peers, and upper management; Assisting in procedures, exams and preparing exam rooms for procedures; and Utilizing knowledge of medical terminology, medications, diagnostic criteria, preventative medicine, routines laboratory and radiological procedures. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate education in a field that is directly related to the work of this position. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts to be creditable). OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond 6 hours of graduate education.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Customer Service
Medical Information
Applies Technology to Tasks
Technical Competence

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

The full performance of this position is GS-6.

Physical Requirements: Incumbent must be able to assist patients who need help with standing, walking and sitting if needed. Incumbent must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time while working in the lab environment. Must be able to sit for long periods of time while on the ACD system. The physical demands require repetition of sitting, standing, twisting, bending, stretching, walking and lifting.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . 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. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

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

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .