The Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) is hiring Pharmacy Technicians. This position participates in the technical product dispensing and pharmacy operational support functions. 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 VA Policy. 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). Grade Determinations: GS-2 Education or Experience: None above the basic requirements. 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 Ability to maintain appropriate files. Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision. Ability to communicate with patients and other health professions. 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 Ability to process and fill prescriptions under supervision. Ability to operate and maintain dispensing equipment. Ability to operate pharmacy information systems. Ability to maintain appropriate files. Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision. 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 Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G28 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-2 to GS-5. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, typing, walking, lifting/carrying (up to 50 pounds) of pharmaceutical supplies, and bending/stooping/stretching. ["As a Pharmacy Technician for the Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy Program (CMOP) you will participate in the technical product dispensing and pharmacy operation support functions under the general guidance of a supervisor. Work ay be in any of the following areas: automated dispensing, labeling, manifesting, packing and receiving. Duties include, but are not limited to: Assembling and packaging drugs and supplies for mailing to patients. Transporting stock from receiving to storage and dispensing areas. Accurately interpreting, filling, and readying prescriptions with appropriate medications and/or medical supplies for pharmacist verification. Assisting with basic inventorying activities and checking for outdated pharmaceuticals. Receiving all pharmaceuticals including restricted pharmaceuticals. Receiving supplies, checking for shortages, tampering, breakages, deterioration, and date of expiration. Cleaning workstations and replenishing all materials needed (i.e., labels, papers, bottles, etc.) Identifying, remedy, and/or reporting tote traffic back-ups. Work Schedule: Varies based on facility needs. Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000/00001A, 2A, 3A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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