Pay Range:
$46,312 to $82,597 / Per Year
Job Grade:
GS-0647-5/8
Schedule:
Intermittent
Duration:
Permanent
Apply by: 2018-07-27 Published: 1 month ago

Basic Requirements: Citizenship.

Citizen of the United States.

(Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25 Certification.

All applicants must be certified in general Radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).

Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.

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) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.

Physical Requirements.

See Physical Requirements Section for more information.

English Language Proficiency.

DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Grade Determinations: GS-5 DRT (Entry Level) (a) Experience or Education.

None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignment.

DRTs at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision.

The technician functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity.

Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help.

Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion to higher grades in a functional area.

Such duties would be performed under closer supervision.

GS-6 DRT (Developmental Level) (a) Experience or Education.

At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or the successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging.

(b) Assignment.

Employees at this grade level serve as developmental DRTs, performing examinations which are routine and standardized in nature.

They explain exams to patients in terms they can understand as well as potential hazards.

They also must troubleshoot equipment used for diagnostic radiology and exercise extreme caution in the handling and safeguarding of all radiation producing equipment.

DRTs must report major equipment malfunctions within a timely manner to service representatives, and assist higher graded technicians in performing more complicated examinations.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure; 2. Knowledge of anatomy and positioning; 3. Knowledge of all patient safety procedures; 4. Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment; and 5. Ability to learn basic computer functions.

GS-7 DRT (Advanced Developmental Level) (a) Experience or Education.

At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level or the successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging.

Education may relate to the duties of a specific position or to the occupation, but must be appropriate for the position being filled.

(b) Assignment.

DRTs at this level perform a substantially full range of duties but receive guidance and directions regarding unfamiliar or unusual situations for more complex patient issues.

Candidates at this grade level may be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of Radiologic technology and/or general Radiologic technology services.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of the technical adequacy of the digital image, including the ability to adjust the image quality in the digital system; 2. Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study; 3. Knowledge of radiation protection standards, minimum radiographic exposure techniques, appropriate beam limitation to anatomical area, and employing lead shielding when performing standard or fluoroscopic procedures; 4. Knowledge of the function of computed radiography, Phosphor cassettes and CR readers; and 5. Knowledge of PACS, and basic computer skills; GS-8 DRT (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience.

At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

(b) Assignments.

Employees at this grade level serve as staff DRTs at the full performance level.

Candidates at this grade level are to be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of Radiologic technology and/or general Radiologic technology services.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines; 2. Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed; 3. Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results; 4. Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed; 5. Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers; and 6. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.

References: References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25 http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.

The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-8.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), Light carrying (under 15 pounds), Reaching above shoulder, Kneeling (up to 1 hour), Both legs required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Specific visual requirement (good distant vision in one eye), Ability to read without strain typewritten material (glasses permitted), Hearing (aid permitted).