Certification. Certification is not required as a basis requirement; however, it is strongly desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.
English Language Proficiency.
Preferred Experience: [HR users should write an announcement that will generate qualified applicants and may insert the experience preferred for their vacancy]
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
(a) Advanced Entry Level Placement.
Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a major field of study related to the Orthotist/Prosthetist occupation. Transcripts Required. Failure to submit transcripts may result in being disqualified.
Possess a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university unrelated to the Orthotist/Prosthetist occupation that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following: At least 30 semester hours (or at least the same number of hours required by the educational institution for a major field) of directly related, upper level undergraduate courses (e.g. at least 200-course level or higher as identified by the college or university) for the occupation, or one full year of graduate level coursework (typically at least 15-18 semester hours) towards a directly related degree; or directly related practicum/internship in orthotist/prosthetist, either included in the degree or post-degree; or directly related certification/licensure/registration for the occupation. Transcripts Required. Failure to submit transcripts may result in being disqualified.
Possess a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university, with an exemplary academic record as demonstrated by at least one of the following: Class standing: applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major sub-division; or Grade Point Average Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 1) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 2) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or election to a National Honors Society. Transcripts Required. Failure to submit transcripts may result in being disqualified.
(b) Experience. One year of basic experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower level and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
1. Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases.
2. Knowledge of psychology and age related competency.
3. Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication.
4. Ability to use hand and power tools in the fabrication of devices.
5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
(a) Education. Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics, provided the applicants total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment.
(b) Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
1. Ability to attend clinics and participate as a member of the treatment team. This includes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.
2. Knowledge of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding.
3. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with complex but typical conditions.
4. Ability to take necessary measurements, casts, or scans to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body to create orthoses and/or prostheses.
5. Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices. This would include ability to use hand and power tools in the fabrication of the devices.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Appendix
G32 and G17 .
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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Orthotist functional requirements are
as follows: Heavy lifting, 45 lbs and over; Heavy carrying, 45 lbs and over;
Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking, up to 6
hours; Standing, up to 6 hours; Kneeling, up to 5 hours; Repeated bending, up
to 5 hours; Climbing, use of legs and arms; Far vision correctable in one eye
to 20/50 and 20/100 in the other; Mental & emotional stability required.
applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the
Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy
of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which
shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or
dates of impending separation.
disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows
or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application
for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the
form. For more information, please review the information for disabled
Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.