Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not
possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section
A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
Certification. All applicants must be certified in
general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology
Experience or Education. Completion of a full-time training course
of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school
diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an
associates degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in
Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of
Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.
(1) Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient
Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer
radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75,
Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing
of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially,
they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or
exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an
organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified
as radiographers in their field.
Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
Language Proficiency. Diagnostic
Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in
accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
of Current Radiologic Technology Practice.
To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the
knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as
core competencies) associated with current radiologic technology practice. This may have been evidenced by the
equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment
as a DRT as defined by ARRT.
of Experience. Experience is only
creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements
identified in paragraph 2.b. above.
Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate
functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.
Experience. Part-time experience as
a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of
full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
Resonance Imaging (MRI). This specialty modality requires
additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of
superconducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical
imaging. The technologist must be
educated in the safety factors governing a magnetic environment that patients,
visitors, and equipment enter into. The
practitioner must have specific specialized knowledge of cross sectional
anatomy and how it relates to the soft tissues and vessels of the human
body. The technologist must also have
specialized knowledge in the radio-frequency surface coils required for each
specific anatomical area to be imaged.
The technologist requires knowledge of image acquisition in Computerized
Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS).
Experience. Completion of 1 year of
experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the
position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In
addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and
demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by
an asterisk (*):
(b) Assignments. For all assignments
above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of
significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be
performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. DRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments:
1. Staff DRT. Employees at this
level are fully functional as a DRT and are able to carry out their assigned
tasks independently. DRTs at this level
may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic
procedures. Regardless of the nature of
the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to
meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
*(1) Ability to
balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex
scans and procedures;
(2) Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques
to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and
health care providers;
*(3) Ability to assess factors that may
contraindicate the procedure;
(4) Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life
support practices related to radiography;
(5) Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic
techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions; and
(6) Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural,
and post-procedural care of patients.