Physician Assistant

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 06, 2020
Closes
Apr 13, 2020
Specialty
Support Staffing
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3, g, of this part.) Education. 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-PA) 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. Certification: 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. If a PA's NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment. Physical Standards. Physical requirements outlined below. English Language Proficiency. PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). Restriction. Under no circumstances may this occupation be used to employ physicians or other health care providers who do not meet the applicable qualification standards for their occupation. All PAs must meet the requirements in paragraphs 2a through f above. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated in paragraph 2 above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility. Requirements for appointment or promotion to a specific grade are based on the candidate's ability to demonstrate the elements described. Full Grade: In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, Experience/Education. None beyond the basic requirements. Intermediate Grade: One (1) year of professional practice as a PA; OR Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; OR 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. Senior Grade: Three (3) years of professional practice as a PA; OR Two (2) years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or the U.S. Armed Forces; OR Two (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 a Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Chief Grade: Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; AND have a Master's Degree. References: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G-8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); use of fingers; able to see computer screen; hearing (aid permitted); prolonged sitting/standing at computer.

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