APPENDIX G29. Audiologist
Qualification Standard, GS-665 Veterans Health Administration
COVERAGE. The following are
requirements for appointment as an audiologist in the Veterans Health
Administration (VHA). These requirements apply to all VHA audiologists in the
General Schedule (GS)-665 series.
2. Education - Masters degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an
accredited college or university is required. Accredited means a
college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and
an audiology program recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology
Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
3. Licensure For grades GS-12
and above, the incumbent must hold a full, current, and
unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of
Knowledge of Contemporary Professional
Audiology Practice. To
be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills,
abilities, and other characteristics associated with contemporary professional
audiology practice. This knowledge may
be evidenced by one or more of the following:
At least 1 year of active professional
practice or its equivalent. Active
professional practice means paid or non-paid employment as a professional
audiologist engaged in the practice of audiology as defined by the appropriate
Academic course work leading to a
doctoral degree in audiology or hearing science.
Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is both
of the following:
a. Work as a professional audiologist directly
related to the position to be filled; and
b. At a level comparable to audiology experience
at the next lower grade level.
Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional
audiologist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time
workweek. For example, an audiologist
would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for
employment, the following criteria must be met when determining grades.
Education and Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
Education and Experience. Completion of 1 year of professional
experience as an audiologist equivalent to the next lower level; or 3 years of
progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or
doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science, or a directly related
field. For positions involved in
research audiologist assignments involving no direct patient care, no
additional education or professional experience is required beyond those
identified at the GS-9 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate
the knowledge, skills and abilities:
1. Knowledge of contemporary audiology
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, acoustics, applied acoustics, communication,
psychoacoustics, and auditory/vestibular pathophysiology;
Knowledge of principles and techniques in the assessment and treatment of
auditory and balance disorders;
Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of
Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care
incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State,
Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
Education and Experience. In addition to the requirements at the GS-11
level, completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next
lower level and possession of a full, current and unrestricted license to
practice audiology. For positions
involved in research audiology assignments involving no direct patient care,
completion of a doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science, or a related
field is fully qualifying. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate
the KSAs identified:
Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;
Knowledge of clinical services, and the ability to perform them independently;
Ability to conduct assessments and provide treatment interventions;
Ability to provide consultation to other health care professionals;
Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice; and
Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND
SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: AUDIOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, GS-665, Veterans Health Administration, VA
Handbook 5005/38, Dated August 24, 2010
VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc