Health Technician

Hagerstown, Maryland
Sep 24, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Full Time


The Health Technician, GS-0640-06 will independently perform diagnostic tests as a clinical service to physicians and provide them with technical information that will be used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in patients. In addition, the position provides patient education, and acts as a liaison and information source for nursing staff, clerical staff, and medical staff. This position is located at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Hagerstown Maryland.

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Duties for the position include but are not limited to:

Administrative Duties:
  • Uses of word processing software to produce a variety of documents such as encounter forms, treatment plans, specialty procedures (such as EKGs); uses database software to enter, revise, sort and retrieve data for reports or review; transmits and received documents and messages electronically.
  • Assists in orientation of physicians and other clinic personnel including proper procedures for requesting medical tests and the requirement for completion of exams. Serves as a source of information concerning VA regulations, policies and procedures such as eligibility, co-payments, beneficiary travel, etc.
  • Maintains provider schedules and enters orders accurately per text order and verifies in CPRS that orders are completed.
  • Responsible for scheduling appointments of patients, adhering to the scheduling directive, placing appropriate notes in CPRS, and notifying the appropriate PACT Team members in a timely manner.
  • Accurately updates all patient demographics and obtains Release of information when necessary.
  • Tracks consult and schedules patients appropriately adhering to the scheduling directive
  • Responsible for accurately scanning patient information into CPRS.
  • Independently initiates action for the solution of day-to-day administrative problems.
  • Maintains and orders medical and admin supplies.
  • Collects and enters information to determine veteran eligibility status (works inconjunction with the Health Eligibility Center).
  • Inspects the medical records after the completion of the final evaluation by the physician in order to determine the disposition of the patient for admissions, for follow-up appointment or for no further action by utilizing knowledge of medical terminology and skill in reading medical charts.
  • Initiates and records telephone messages for medical purposes. Recognized and refers urgent messages to the appropriate staff for immediate action/attention
Clinical Duties:
  • Responsible for identifying patient medical emergencies and notifying the appropriate medical staff, initiating basic life support measures needed and maintaining CPR certification
  • Performs venipuncture and instructs patients in proper procedures for preparing for blood test, bleeding time test, 24 hour urine collection, and collection on specimens for culture and sensitivity.
  • Responsible for cleaning equipment in accordance with OSHA and infection control standards and maintaining cleanliness in the entire lab area.
  • Responsible for' packaging and signing over transport of biohazard waste material and maintaining up to date training as required.
  • Performs EKG's and is capable of recognizing clinical abnormalities and dete1mining which abnormalities should be immediately brought to the attention of the medical staff.
  • Operates a centrifuge to separate blood, may store specimens as appropriate to ensure visibility for testing, and may prepare specimens for transport to Martinsburg following OSHA, VA, and infection control procedures.
  • Incumbent assists patients in the use of portable oxygen.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Tour of duty subject to change to meet the needs of the agency
Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/PD000000
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. Incumbent 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.

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
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc
  • 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.

GS-06 grade level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service; experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes but not limited to: venipuncture, specimen collection, perform EKG and capable of recognizing clinical abnormalities, cleaning equipment in accordance of OSHA and infection control standards, operate centrifuge, prepare specimens for transport, assist in procedures, exams, and preparing exam rooms for procedures, schedule appointments, maintain provider's schedules, entering of orders ensuring correct data entry, update patient demographic information, word processing, maintaining office filing system, order supplies, determine Veteran eligibility, and initiate and record telephone messages.

Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position . At the GS-06 level 6 months of graduate education would be required. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: 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

All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at .

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

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 .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Documents Required:
  • Resume: Must include descriptions of jobs held, including the name of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending (month/year) dates of employment, and average hours worked per week
Documents Accepted:
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

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.