Pharmacy Technician - Chemotherapy

Washington D.C.
Jun 09, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
Full Time

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1965359

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The incumbent serves as a Pharmacy Technician (Chemotherapy) in the area of sterile product preparation of chemotherapeutic and dispensing investigational drug agents.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


  • Not Required

  • No

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Basic Requirements:   

    • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may 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.
    • Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at GS-6 and above
    • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English

    Preferred Experience: The preferred candidate has experience working in a hospital or retail setting with the ability to work independently with little or no supervision.  Possess the ability to correctly read, interpret, fill and dispense prescriptions according to established guidelines.

    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.

    Grade Determinations:

    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.

    Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

    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.


    Experience. One year experience at the next lower grade level (GS-6), and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level to include:

    1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.

    2. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes.

    3. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff.

    4. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.

    5. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.

    6. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.

    7. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.

    8. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA Information Systems.

    References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28.  This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    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.

    Physical Requirements: The work involves long periods of moving around the work area.  Requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching and lifting moderately heavy items such as pharmaceutical supplies and equipment.


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