This announcement has been extended. Applicants may update their
application through the closing date.
This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT in support of COVID-19
operations. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible
applications will be January 15, 2021 and applicants will be
referred on an 'as needed' basis. NOTE: Announcement will remain
open until no longer needed but no later than April 30, 2021.
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The Physician Assistant may be permanently or temporarily
appointed on an intermittent, part-time or full-time schedule in
support of VA facilities across the Nation during the COVID-19
pandemic and provides effective care to patients characterized by
using sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing,
documenting and evaluating patient care. This includes possessing
the skill and competency to obtain thorough medical histories,
perform comprehensive physical examinations, order appropriate
diagnostic studies, interpret and analyze medical data, establish
diagnoses, formulate and implement treatment plans, and modify
treatment plans when appropriate.
Major duties consist of, but are not limited to:
- Performs comprehensive medical assessments with advanced
clinical knowledge and competence to function in a variety of
- Uses clinical skills and knowledge to complete comprehensive
medical and physical assessments, and preventative medical
- Independently carries out assignments, coordinating with others
as necessary and discussing scope of the assignment, approaches,
timeframes, and execution phases with leadership;
- Collaborates with other health-care resources to insure timely
and appropriate care of patients;
- Performs activities related to follow-up of abnormal lab and
radiology results, keeping communication open with the
patient/veterans and/or their families, and ensuring that staff is
kept abreast on clinical conditions.
Work Schedule: A variety of work schedules are available; Work
schedule will be determined upon selection. NOTE: May be expected
to work rotating weekends and holidays.
Pay Schedule: The salary range listed in this announcement is a
Base-Line Salary for a full-time work schedule. The Professional
Standard Board will evaluate credentials and recommend the grade
and salary at which the candidate will be placed. Other
consideration factors include locality (which may include a special
pay rate depending upon location as well as FT, PT or Intermittent
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Certain locations are deemed
as 'Hard to Fill' and 'may' offer Recruitment Incentives, but such
an Incentive is not guaranteed.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses: Not Available
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
0603 Physician Assistant
- Assistants, Physician
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is
not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- Education: Graduate of a training program which is accredited
by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the
Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor
organizations. Additionally, candidates must meet one of the
(1) Master's degree in any discipline; OR
(2) Bachelor's degree in any discipline with one year of
experience as a PA.
- Certification: Must have successfully passed the PA National
Certifying Exam (PANCE)
- Licensure: PAs must possess an active, current, full, and
unrestricted license to practice in a State, Territory, or
Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
PAs must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if
this is a requirement for continuing active and current licensure
in that State.
- English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in
spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38
See "Grandfathering Provision" under Education.
Physician Assistant - I (PA-I):
Experience and Education: Non beyond the basic requirements.
This is the entry level for PAs.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. The following
list of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) present the minimum
skill set expected of an Entry Level PA. This practice may include,
but is not limited to:
- Ability to utilize the principles of PA practice in the care of
assigned patients to provide appropriate care.
- Ability to perform patient history and physical.
- Ability to formulate a plan and provide treatment to the
- Ability to provide patient care that is abreast of changing
concepts and advancements in the profession.
Physician Assistant-II (PA-II):
Experience and Education: The PA at this grade is at the
intermediate grade level and has had progressively increasing
responsibility and experiences as indicated in the KSAs listed
below. Individuals will have demonstrated the ability to analyze
and solve more complex medical problems than at the entry level
grade and can utilize their training in the successful practice of
patient care and participate in team problem solving. Individuals
demonstrate the KSAs of PA-II intermediate level by:
i. Two years of successful practice as a PA.
ii. Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency
program sponsored by VHA Office of Academic Affiliations or other
postgraduate residency programs accredited by VA, ARC-PA, U.S.
Armed Forces, or another accrediting agency.
iii. A doctoral degree in a health-related field from an
accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). PAs at
this level are not required to meet each individual KSA listed
below to qualify, but should be able to demonstrate, develop, or
acquire those not met upon appointment for PA-II:
- Skills to analyze and solve complex medical problems.
- Ability to function autonomously and make independent medical
- Skill to incorporate training and experience into the
successful practice of patient care including telehealth medical
- Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment
for improvement of services for patient care.
- Ability to practice with colleagues and peers
Physician Assistant-III (PA-III):
Experience and Education. PAs at the PA-III grade are at the
full performance level and lead and organize patient are
independently, practice within multi-disciplinary teams, and
coordinate all aspects of patient care across the health care
system. They utilize advanced clinical knowledge and judgment in
decision-making and evaluating outcomes. They function as experts
in clinical practice and/or in areas related to the assigned roles
and responsibilities, may serve as mentors for transitioning PAs,
and may provide training for health care students. Individuals can
demonstrate the KSAs for the full performance level by:
i. Three years of successful practice as a PA.
ii. Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency
program sponsored by VHA Office of academic Affiliations or other
postgraduate residency programs accredited by VA, ARC-PA, U.S Armed
Forces, or another accrediting agency and one year of professional
practice as a PA.
iii. A doctoral degree in health-related field from an
accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education and one year of professional practice as a PA.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. PAs at this level
are not required to meet each individual KSA listed below to
qualify, but should be able to demonstrate, develop, or acquire
those not met upon appointment for PA-III:
- Ability to clinically evaluate facility patient care delivery
systems and validate or identify barriers to safe and effective
- Skill to consistently demonstrate an elevated level of
expertise and autonomy in diagnosing and treating seriously ill,
multi-symptomatic patients through facility Focused Professional
Practice Evaluation (FPPE) and Ongoing Professional Practice
- Ability to present clinical findings and recommendations to
appropriate management officials.
- Ability to clinically facilitate the delivery of patient care
in collaboration with health professionals, health managers, and
other health care personnel.
- Ability to implement and initiate clinical changes to
established treatment protocols based upon new medical literature
research findings to enhance patient deliver care for improved
- Ability to participate clinically in the development of the PA
patient care audit processes involving in-depth review and analysis
of medical records.
References: VA Handbook 5005/134, Part II, Appendix G8 Physician
Assistant Qualification Standard dated September 27, 2020.
The full performance level of this vacancy is PA-III. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of PA-I to PA-III.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity,
keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This
position may require potentially extended periods of continued
walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting and
pushing. Setting up or transferring equipment, supplies and objects
may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients
and contaminated materials and may require protective clothing in
isolation primarily if in direct areas.
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
are met. NOTE: This applies to the past, current, and upcoming VA
Health Professional Trainees (HPT) only. HPT is an individual
appointed to temporary positions in one or more VHA medical
facilities performing clinical or research training experiences to
satisfy program or degree requirements or receiving VA Health
Professional Scholarship Program. HPTs can be either VA-paid or
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if interested in being considered as a Health Professional
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities,
schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal
employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
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All persons employed in VHA in this occupational series that are
also performing the duties as described in the qualification
standard on the effective date (September 27, 2020) of this
qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification
requirements for the grade held including positive education and
licensure/certification. For employees who do not meet all the
basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the
qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were
appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
a. If a PA is certified by the NCCPA, but not licensed on the
effective date of the qualification standard, they are not required
to obtain or maintain a license to remain employed in VHA. However,
if they lose or fail to maintain their NCCPA certification after
this qualification standard is effective and do not possess a full,
valid, and unrestricted license, they are no longer qualified for
employment as a PA in VHA.
b. PAs may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full
performance level, or demoted within the occupation, but may not be
promoted beyond the full performance level or placed in supervisory
or managerial positions.
c. If a PA who was retained under this provision leaves the
occupation, the employee will lose protected status and must meet
the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the
time of reentry to the occupation.
d. PAs initially grandfathered into this occupation, who
subsequently obtain additional education and/or
licensure/certification and meet all the basic requirements of this
qualification standard, must maintain the required credentials as a
condition of employment in the occupation.
e. PAs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the
effective date of the qualification standard may not have their
temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or
permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of