Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, Diagnostic Ultrasound (Sonography) in Columbia, South Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Columbia, SC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 7/25/2016 (88 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1759918 If you are a current, permanent employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs you should apply to Job Vacancy: *OE-16-MWM-1759917-BU* 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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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.


Incumbents at this level are fully functional as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures. Percentage may fluctuate with needs of the service. Duties include, but are not limited to: Ultrasonographer (50%): Operates independently and without direct supervision. Performs diagnostic medical ultrasound examinations covering most portions of the body including, abdomen, pelvis, superficial structures and vascular systems by utilizing high frequency sound waves in two dimensional real time, Doppler with spectral analysis and Color-Doppler modes in routines and emergent situations, during scheduled and after hours. These procedures require ingenuity and initiative in the application of non-ionizing high frequency ultrasonic waves for imaging and diagnosis of disease. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (50%): Operates independently and without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all diagnostic radiology examinations. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies so that proper diagnosis and treatment will be delivered.

Work Schedule: *An eight hour tour of duty primarily between the hours of 7am and 5pm, including weekend rotations, holiday and/or 0n-call. *Tour of duty is subject to change depending on agency needs.*Functional Statement Title/#:* Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound)/544-01247-A.


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • ARRT (R) Certification is required.

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States (non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy). Certification. Must be certified in general radiology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology ARRT(R). English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in both written and spoken English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 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 (JCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.

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. Grade Determinations: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-09 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, all applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 grade level in the federal government. Specialized experience consists of experience directly related to DRT Ultrasound and may have been acquired through operating, supervising the operation of, or instructing the operation of equipment related to Ultrasound. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical competencies and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific competencies designated by an asterisk(*):

  • *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures.
  • Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers.
  • *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.
  • * Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.*
  • * Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions.*
  • Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

References: VA Handbook 5005/77, Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard, GS-647. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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: Heavy lifting, 45 lbs and over; Heavy carrying, 45 lbs and over; Straight pulling, up to 2 hours; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking up to 4 hours; Standing, up to 4 hours; Repeated bending, up to 2 hours; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability required.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445578100

Job Announcement Number: OE-16-MWM-1759918-BU