Citizenship: Citizen of the United States
Education: Bachelors degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelors degree in a health care occupation or health-related science or graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years.
Certification: Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Grade 8 (Associate grade): None beyond the basic requirement.
Grade 9 (Full grade): Approximately 2 years of successful practice as a PA or a bachelors degree and approximately 1 year of practice or a masters degree.
Grade 11 (Intermediate grade): Approximately 4 years of successful practice as a PA or a bachelors degree and approximately 3 years of practice or a masters degree and approximately 2 years of practice.
Grade 12 (Senior grade): Approximately 6 years of successful practice as a PA or a bachelors degree and approximately 5 years of practice or a masters degree and approximately 4 years of practice.
English Language Proficiency: Physician Assistants appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-8 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc
Physical Requirements: Physician Assistant Functional requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (1544 lbs); Straight Pulling (Intermittent); Pushing (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (1or more hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Climbing, legs only (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision/correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirement (far vision correctable 20/50 in one eye 20/100 in other); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); ability to hear whispered voice w/ or w/o hearing aid; Emotional and mental stability.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.