Health Technician

Fort Detrick, Maryland
Jan 26, 2021
Jan 28, 2021
Full Time


This position is located at the Fort Detrick Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) at 1433 Porter Street, Building 1433, Frederick, MD 21702-9211. The Fort Detrick VA Outpatient Clinic offers high quality medical care to Veterans. The primary purpose of the position to provide medical and administrative support assistance in the CBOC.

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The primary purpose of the position to provide medical and administrative support assistance in the CBOC. The Medical Health Technician use word processing software to produce a variety of documents such as encounter forms, specialty procedures such as Electrocardiograms (EKG) and is responsible for administrative duties directly related to patient care and treatment. The Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Use database software to enter, revise, sort, and retrieve data for reports or review.
  • Obtain all key information needed for walk in patients and initiates medical administrative processing of requests and forms.
  • Assist in the orientation of physicians and other clinic personnel, serving as a source of information concerning regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Schedule appointments, tests and coordinates all activities of the clinic area.
  • Schedule appointments and generates appointment reminder letters for patients.
  • Answer telephone inquiries regarding services available, procedures for enrollment, eligibility, co-payments, etc., providing accurate and timely information.
  • Maintain various records and files, administratively processes patient transactions, reviews records for maintenance and sequencing of forms, entries, etc.
  • Assist in preparing exam rooms for procedures, procedures and exams.
  • Perform electrocardiograms and the daily cleaning and routine maintenance of the equipment.
  • Perform venipuncture (as appropriate) and instructs patients in the proper procedures for preparing for blood work, 24-hour urine collection and collection of specimens for culture and sensitivity.
  • Initiate basic life support measures as needed; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician / 07669-A
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: NOT AUTHORIZED
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring walking, or bending, walking or lifting. 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 white working in the lab environment. Incumbent must be able to sit for long periods of time while on the ACD system. Requires use of fingers, near vision correctable at 13" to 16", Hearing (aid permitted).

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • 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


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

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-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. Submission of a SF-50, Personnel Action that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

To qualify for this position at the GS-6 level, you must meet one of the following:

Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service) that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Medical Health Technician, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. 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 Medical Health Technician. Specialized experience is experience in chart review, data analysis reports, appointment management; consultant management and review; provide follow-up for scheduled appointments; experience with venipuncture techniques and specimen procurement procedures; and experience with safety principles and laboratory procedures and has knowledge of basic clerical procedures needed in a laboratory setting. (Your resume must document your specialized experience.) ~OR~
Education: Successful completion of 1/2 year of graduate education that is directly related to the work of the position. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. ~OR~
Combination: Equivalent combinations of directly related graduate level education and specialized experience which meet the total requirements for this grade level, as described above. The education portion must include graduate education directly related to the work of this position. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education and your Resume must document your specialized experience. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Applies Technology to Tasks
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Specimen Collection
  • Data Base management
  • Administration and Management
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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. 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; religious; 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


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.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/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 ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

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 make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information or if you fail to submit required documentation.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
  • Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
  • An SF-50 showing 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
  • Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
  • Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
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 .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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