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Job Title:  Orthotist/Prosthetist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  STL-T38-14-1046969

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,628.00 to $62,297.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 07, 2014 to Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Louis, MO View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1046969

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  
Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-9.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  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 VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

The duty station for this vacancy is the Jefferson Barracks Division but may be changed to one of multiple locations in the St. Louis Metropolitan area based on the needs of the Medical Center.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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DUTIES:  This position is located in the Orthotic/Prosthetic Laboratory Section of Prosthetics Service, VHA St. Louis Healthcare System.  The incumbent provides appropriate orthotic and/or prosthetic devices and treatment by assisting the practitioner with the following:


  • assessment of a patient's individual needs and desires


  • formulation of a treatment plan as part of treatment team


  • design, component selection, measurement/casting of the patient, fabrication and fitting of device to the patient


  • proper documentation of the patient record


  • continuing care and periodic examination of the patient and the orthotic/prosthetic device to assess fit, function and changing needs of the patient


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  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.   


Preferred information:  The Service will be making its selection at the GS-7 or GS-9 grade levels.




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 Bachelor’s 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 Bachelor’s 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 Bachelor’s 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 master’s 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 patient’s 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:



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: 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: Incumbent must be able to lift items weighing fifty (50) pounds.  Office work performed is sedentary and may involve sitting comfortably to perform data entry and other computer work. There may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of bulky and/or heavy items.


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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document

Remove this statement if you are NOT requiring this form at the time of application:
VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1046969.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 18, 2014Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Nancy A. Bessent
Phone: (913)758-6457
Agency Information:
VHA St Louis HCS
Human Resources
#1 Jefferson Barracks Drive
St Louis, MO


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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