Basic Requirements:

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

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA0 or one of its predecessor organizations; and

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.

Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8

Grade Requirements:

Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements:

1. Experience/Education

a. 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or

b. Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by

the U.S. Armed Forces; or

c. A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-

related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of

Education.

2. Clinical Competencies - reference VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8

a. Clinical Proficiency

b. Professional Development

c. Ethics.

d. Interpersonal Skills.

e. Research

Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research as applicable to the assignment.

1. Experience/Education

a. 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or

b. 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate

residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or

c. 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program

certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or

university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or

d. A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university

recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

2. Management/Administrative. One of the following responsibilities must be demonstrated:

a. Evaluates service level patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. resents finding and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in

implementation of changes.

b. Manages patient quality management databases such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement

Program (NSQIP) if assigned.

c. Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment.

d. Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned.

e. Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements.

3. Clinical Competencies - reference VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8

a. Clinical Proficiency

b. Professional Development

c. Ethics.

d. Interpersonal Skills.

e. Research

Physical Requirements: PA must be physically and mentally and emotionally capable of performing the job duties under normal and emergency conditions.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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.