Clinical Pharmacist (Primary Care)

Department Of Veterans Affairs Washington , DC 20319

Posted 2 months ago

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The clinical pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy. The clinical pharmacist also apply standards related to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled/non scheduled drugs.

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Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy

  • Applies standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs

  • Assures the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following: evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information

  • Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to inter and external customers

  • Maintenance of confidentiality of patient/employee information, electronic and print

  • Medical Center performance improvement program

  • Work and function in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and the correct operation of equipment

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday 08:00am

  • 4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

PCS (Relocation Allowance): Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0660 Pharmacist

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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 a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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: Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).

  • Licensure: Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

  • English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, you must also meet one of the following Grade Requirements for GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Primary Care):

  • 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or

  • Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

Demonstrated KSAs: Pharmacist assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

  • Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.

  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.

  • Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012

Physical Requirements:The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies, and bending/stooping.


IMPORTANT: 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:

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Clinical Pharmacist (Primary Care)

Department Of Veterans Affairs