Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Sacramento, CA

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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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are
endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a
wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not
only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care
system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans
through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals
feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life.
VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible
scheduling opportunities.

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The full performance level of this vacancy is




Standards Board
(a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and
experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be
placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with
disabilities to apply.

For Positions Covered by the Bargaining Unit:
consideration will be given to employees of this facility.

All Applicants Including Department of

Veterans Affairs Northern CA Health Care System Employees:
You must submit


required documents as indicated under “How to
Apply” and “Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required
documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower
evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be
contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or


On-Call: No

Rotating Shifts: Yes

Required to Work Holidays or Weekends: Yes

Work Schedule: 10 hour shifts between the hours of 6:00am and 8:00pm

Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA): Non-Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes


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

Certified in general radiology technology by ARRT R.

Customer Service.

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound)

Independently performs standard examinations. Schedules patients for examinations. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patients scheduled to accommodate them. Maintains records and files of patients examined. Performs research studies as approved by Chief of Radiology. Advises radiologist or referring physician of significant abnormalities requiring their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Performs ultrasound exams of the abdomen, neck, chest, extremities, retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. Performs routine clerical procedures such as maintaining accurate ultrasound records (diagnostic, patient schedule, procedure, and, research logs). Makes multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to ensure accurate results. Determines necessary ultrasonic procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends improvements. Maintains adequate supplies so exams are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies. Explains examinations to be performed to the patients so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients are thoroughly understood. Gathers related information such as patient electronic medical record, x-rays, etc., so that correlation of exams to other studies may be made by the radiologist in diagnosis and recommendation of treatment for medical disorders. Distributes ultrasound exams and related information to radiologist for the interpretation of the exams. Assists quality assurance technologists in performing quality assurance testing of ultrasound unit using phantoms, test tools, test check lists, etc.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


. Citizen of the United States


. All applicants

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

Experience or 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), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.

Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education,


be certified as radiographers in their field.

Physical Requirements

. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Bending, pushing, pulling, reaching and occasional kneeling, crawling and squatting; lifting, carrying and manipulation of equipment; patient assistance and positioning; walking and prolonged standing; the ability to read written orders, computer screens, patient records and equipment controls; the ability to communicate with patients, physicians and coworkers. Near visual acuity to assess patient's physical condition when performing exams and evaluating images for diagnostic quality. Must be able to speak and hear to communicate with patients. Ability to make critical decisions, interact with patients of different ages and health conditions, maintain patient confidentiality and work under stressful conditions, such as operating or emergency rooms.

English Language Proficiency

. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists (DRT) must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Creditable Experience -

Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice. To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with current radiologic technology practice. This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT.

Quality of Experience.

Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the Basic Requirements identified above. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

Part-Time Experience.

Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

Specialized Assignment

. Positions should be assigned to the DRT, GS-647 series, when


ultrasound and other modalities which require the delivery of ionizing radiation are performed. Positions in which ultrasound duties are performed exclusively (no other modalities are performed), should be assigned to the Medical Instrument Technician, GS-649 series, since ultrasound duties solely do not require the delivery of ionizing radiation. Diagnostic ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical purposes. The practitioner must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment. The sonographer is regarded as the expert source of all ultrasound imaging, and the interpreting radiologist relies heavily on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sonographers in providing a final interpretation. Within this specialization there is a diverse range of ultrasound imaging sub-specialties. These include: 1) diagnostic medical sonography - abdominal, neurologic, obstetrical/gynecologic, and ophthalmic; 2) cardiac sonography - adult and pediatric echocardiography; and 3) vasculartechnology - vascular and related organs.


: In addition to the Basic Requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:


Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-8) directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) at that level.


For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Substituting Education for Experience:


VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard, GS-647.

Experience or 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), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.

Substituting Education for Experience:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:


All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit



You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

In addition, you must demonstrate the following technical KSAOs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAOs designated by an asterisk (*):

  • (1) Ability to balance the needs of the 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 careproviders;

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) 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 skills, and universal precautions; and



) Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at



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

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