Citizenship. Citizen of the United
Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic
technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).
Failure to submit a copy of this certification will result in loss of further
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 associate's
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. Applicants must submit a copy of the
transcript with your application packet.
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 Education 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.
A. Grade Determinations. In addition to the
basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when
determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.
Completion of 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level
(GS-08) in the federal service or 4 years experience in the private sector directly releted to the position of General Radiologic Technology and must fully meet the
competencies described at that level. Examples of those core competencies are: knowledgeable in specialized equipment
employed for digital subtraction systems and interventional procedures, ability
to perform neuroangiography, peripheral and visceral angiography of the
abdominal systems and extremities, ability to administer contrast media under
the supervision of a staff radiologist, ability to determine the technical
adequacy of the digital image, knowledge of calibration parameters, and ability
to monitor patients physiologic changes during the procedure, and perform general radiology (DRT) exams.
Certification by ARRT in other specialized modalities is highly desirable, in
addition to certification by ARRT as a general radiologic technologist.
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.
As part of
the Occupational Questionnaire, you will be rated on your overall knowledge,
skills, work experience, and ability to perform the specialized tasks that the
position entails. Written responses for
these competency factors may be requested at a later time. Examples of these competency factors are:
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
(6) Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural,
and post-procedural care of patients.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25.
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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying 15-44 pounds; walking 3 hours, standing 3 hours, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: When 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. Additionally, 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.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in the VA are covered by Title 38 and are not covered by the Schedule A Excepted Appointment Authority.results, and patient satisfaction.
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.