Preferred information: The Service will be making its selection at the GS-7 or GS-9 grade levels.
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GS-5 Qualifications - 3 years of experience in a field that demonstrates the basic knowledge, skills and abilities (core competencies) listed below:
Basic knowledge of medical/scientific terminology.
Basic knowledge of psychology.
Basic knowledge of materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication.
Ability to use hand and power tools.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
completion of a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree.
GS-7 Qualifications - 1 year of basic experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the GS-5 level and meet the KSAs at that level.
In addition, can demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases.
Knowledge of psychology and age related competency.
Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication.
Ability to use hand and power tools in the fabrication of devices.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
have a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in a major field of study related to the Title 38 Hybrid occupation, including those occupations that have a positive education requirement.
have a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university unrelated to the Title 38 Hybrid occupation that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following:
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, or as identified by the college or university) for the hybrid occupation, or one full year of graduate level coursework (typically at least 15-18 semester hours) for the hybrid occupation.
Directly related practicum/internship in the hybrid occupation, either included in the degree or post-degree.
directly related certification/licensure/registration for the hybrid occupation.
have 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 subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 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.
Election to Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society: Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. These honor societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies: Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991).
GS-9 Qualifications - 1 year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 level which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. and can demonstrate the following KSAs:
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.
Knowledge of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding.
Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with complex but typical conditions.
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.
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.
possess education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics -- total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment, i.e., performing a broad range of orthotic and prosthetic services designing custom devices using standard components to optimize patient performance for difficult and complex but typical conditions. Assignments include clinic attendance to provide information on standard and stock items which are readily available. The work involves identification of the biomechanical condition; explaining procedures to patients to reduce anxiety and gain support and cooperation; detailed patient assessment including conducting gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, and motor skills; interviewing patients for lifestyle assessments; taking necessary measurements, casts, or scans to develop positive molds; recognizing physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions; fabricating, fitting, and evaluating these custom devices; and maintenance of the patients record. The work may include use of Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G-32, Orthotist/Prosthetics: http://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf