Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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

Opened Tuesday 8/9/2016 (76 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This is an open continuous announcement. The first set of resumes will be reviewed two weeks after the opening date. Future resumes will be reviewed as received. Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1773059

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?

Join the VA professionals in Oklahoma City -- a dynamic place to live that exhibits pioneer spirit, combined with old-fashioned hospitality. Come experience big-city amenities with small-city charm. Visitors and residents are pleased with the abundant historical, cultural, outdoor, shopping, restaurant and entertainment venues offered in this enticing city. Sports fans revel in the exploits of the Thunder NBA basketball team, the Oklahoma City Dodgers AAA Baseball team, and many national sporting events. In addition to the excellent grade schools in the area, there are numerous technical schools, junior colleges, colleges and universities from which to choose. Because of the low unemployment rate and modest cost of living, Oklahoma City area residents enjoy a very agreeable quality of life. **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.



This position is located in the Radiology section at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) modality requires additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of super conducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical imaging. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Reviews films for quality control determinations by checking density, contrast, distortion, and other varying factors.
  • Determine the need to call for repair and/or maintenance of equipment and notify the Chief Technologist, Administrative officer, or designee.defects or deficiencies.
  • Utilizes skeletal, vascular, neurological, trans-sectional anatomy, physiology and cross-sectional anatomy such as the location and appearance of abnormalities which are illustrated by general diagnostic/MRI scanning; to recognize which best illustrate lesions and or abnormalities.
  • Performs first aid procedures for seizures, cardiac arrest, anaphylactic shock, and contrast reactions.
  • Performs more complex exams and acts as a point of contact for other technologist when performing complex examinations.
  • Works with the MRI safety committee to make sure the facility adheres to VHA policy and Joint Commission guidelines for MRI safety.
  • Prepares contrast materials which are used in MRI and general diagnostic studies.

Work Schedule: 3pm-11pm, rotating call

Functional Statement Title/#:Advanced DRT (MRI) functional statement.

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.
  • Must possess ARRT MRI certification

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology. (Transcripts required with application)
  • Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). (Proof of certification required with application)
  • Advanced ARRT certification is required for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. (Proof of certification required with application)

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**.

Advanced DRT GS-9:**

Employees at this level are fully functional as an advanced DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures. Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. The candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs 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

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: Work regularly involves extended periods of sitting. There is a considerable amount of moving, bending, and carrying moderately heavy articles. The transfer and positioning of patients who are disabled, unconscious or traumatized can require considerable effort of reaching, stretching and lifting in awkward positions due to respirators, suction machines and monitors. Assistance from special devices and other employees is recommended for heavy lifting.

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides 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.

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: All groups of qualified individuals

Control Number: 447127800

Job Announcement Number: RT-16-APC-1773059-BU-OCA