These Physician Assistant positions are located within the Great
Plains Area, IHS. There MAY NOT be immediate vacancies at all
locations. Interested applicants should check with the local
Administrative Office concerning immediate employment needs.
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- Assesses plans and provides direct and comprehensive primary,
therapeutic and preventative medical care to individual geriatric,
adult, adolescent, pediatric and infant patients and their
- Makes diagnosis and decisions concerning medical needs of
patients, formulates and implements plan of care which may involve
various treatment modalities, prescribing medications, consultation
with other Healthcare providers.
- Provides care and preventive services to healthy individuals,
including guidance in nutrition, illness prevention, accident
prevention, growth and development.
- Documents data, patient assessment(s) and care plan(s) in
electronic health record.
- Teaches and counsels patients and family on disease prevention
and health maintenance techniques.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0603 Physician Assistant
- Assistants, Physician
Conditions of Employment
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630,
requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this
requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these
positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere
or guilty to certain crimes.
Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born
after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for
civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health
Service health care facilities.
The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain
medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure
requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during
employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to
and including removal from Federal service.
On-call hours or standby duty may be required.
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To
learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy,
you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background
investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation
documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your
employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the
outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the
sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find
that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If
you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin
work. If you make a false statement in any part of your
application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin
work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject
to a credit check as a part of the background investigation
Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process,
may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation
procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment
will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days
after notification of return to full operations and successfully
obtaining a favorable background investigation.
To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient
experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific
position for which you are applying.
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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will
receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer
and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and
responsibilities in each position held and the total number of
hours per week.
BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): All applicants must meet the following
basic requirements for all grade levels:
Graduation from a physician assistant educational program,
accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for
the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college,
university, or educational institution that is accredited by an
accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education at the time the degree was obtained.
Successful completion of the National Commission on
Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination; must
maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including
completion of all requirements for Continuing Medical Education
(CME) and re-certification.
Licensure For all grade levels and positions, applicants must
possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or
registration as a Physician Assistant from a State, the District of
Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the
Basic Requirements for the GS-12 (or equivalent) and above Grade
Level A minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified
physician assistant equivalent to the next lower grade level and
completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program
In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the
Minimum Qualifications stated below.
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade
level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or
public sector performing the following type of work and/or
GS-09: In addition to the requirements for the GS-7 (or
equivalent) level, applicants must meet one of the following
requirements: Completion of Master of Physician Assistant Studies;
or Completion of a master's degree in a related health care or
health related science and completion of an accredited physician
assistant educational program. Examples of related master's degree
programs include, but are not limited to, Master of Medical
Sciences, Master of Public Health, Master of Biomedical Sciences,
or other related major fields of study; or A minimum of one full
year of work experience as a certified physician assistant
equivalent to the GS-7 grade level and graduation from an
accredited physician assistant educational program as described
GS-11: In addition to the requirements for the GS-9 (or
equivalent) level, applicants must meet one of the following
requirements: Completion of Doctorate of Physician Assistant
Studies, Doctorate of Science Physician Assistant (DScPA) or
equivalent; or Completion of a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in
a related health field and completion of an accredited physician
assistant educational program. Examples of related doctoral degree
programs include, but are not limited to, public health; allied
health field; public health education; or other related health
science programs; or A minimum of one full year of specialized work
experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the
GS-9 grade level and completion of an accredited physician
assistant educational program as described above.
GS-12: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least
the GS-11 grade level and completion of an accredited physician
assistant educational program is required. Emergency Department
and/or Urgent Care experience with ability to interview, triage,
examine, diagnose, stabilize, treat or direct course of treatment
for wide range of routine situations and/or patients (pediatrics to
geriatrics), prescribe and monitor patients. Able to utilize
Electronic Health Records. Experience in communicating easily with
colleagues and staff both verbally and written.
Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to
the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates
must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade
level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted
Service Examining Plan (ESEP).
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of
the closing date of the announcement.
For positions requiring positive education requirements, you
MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of
college courses which includes equivalent information from the
transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree
earned) in your resume.
When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using
education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts
(unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that
you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by
accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at
the following website: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in
foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have
been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in
interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has
been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S.
education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at
a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information,