Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1989695

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.

Fayetteville is nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, and is an outdoor paradise with hiking, golf, fishing, rafting, boating, and four distinct seasons. Fayetteville is the home of the University of Arkansas "Razorbacks" which provides the community with a college atmosphere. The area is home to several fortune 500 businesses such as Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, and J. B. Hunt Trucking, who have been generous benefactors for the community and the arts. In the neighboring community of Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum recently open and was labeled as one the top 10 must see places in America. Fayetteville has outstanding public schools, excellent parks and trail system and is ranked as 4th "best college sports town" and 8th for business and careers by Forbes Magazine. Fayetteville is ranked as 7th best city in America to work, live and play by Kiplinger. The cost of living is 90% of the national average with affordable housing available in all price ranges. Northwest Arkansas has an excellent airport with direct flights to Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Houston, and Denver. For additional information go to or 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.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives NOT Authorized for this position.

If you are not a current VA and/or Federal employee, you should apply under KT-15-MYB-1434412-BU.


• The technologist is expected to work independently, in performing routine and non-routine imaging procedures. • Administering radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs) to patients and monitor the concentration levels of the drugs in the patient's body. • Technologist’s works directly with patients under the supervision of a physician performing several specific duties. • Explain the test procedures to patients. Prepare a dosage of the radiopharmaceutical, following set safety procedures. • After administering the drug, the technologists operate a gamma scintillation camera, or scanner, which creates pictures of the drug as it passes through parts of the patient's body. Abnormal areas show higher or lower concentrations of radioactivity than normal. • The images are produced on a computer screen or photographic film for a physician to examine. • Nuclear medicine technologists must also keep records of patient treatments, equipment use and maintenance, and the amount and type of radiopharmaceuticals received, used, and disposed of. • Quality control must be kept up to date for all equipment and proper records must be maintained. • Technologists must possess strong physical stamina, since they stand most of the day and may have to lift or position patients. • After administering radioactive drugs to patients, nuclear medicine technologists operate machines to create pictures of the drug in the patients' bodies. These images help physicians to diagnose and treat certain diseases

Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current VHSO and VA Employees Nationwide

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

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


a. Citizenship. Be a 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 3g, this part.)

b. Certification. All applicants must be certified in nuclear medicine technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT). NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification eligibility requirements are normally satisfied by one of the following: graduation from an educational program in nuclear medicine technology accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation; or national certification as a registered medical technologist or registered radiologic technologist; or a bachelor's or associate's degree in one of the physical or biological sciences, and 4 years of clinical NMT experience.

NOTE: Candidates who have obtained NMTCB or ARRT certification in nuclear medicine through methods other than those listed above meet minimum requirements for GS-5.

c. Exceptions. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate NMT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.

d. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

Preferred Experience: BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification is preferred.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Creditable Experience. Knowledge of Current Professional Nuclear Medicine Technology Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional nuclear medicine technology practice. Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is earned after passing the NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification exams. Experience as a graduate NMT is creditable provided the candidate was utilized as an NMT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

GS-9Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position to be filled, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide nuclear medicine technology services at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Ability to document excessive radiation exposure in the working environment. 2. Knowledge of medical events requiring documentation and the ability to properly document them and make recommendations to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). 3.Ability to communicate orally and in writing post-therapy radiation safety precautions. 4.Ability to troubleshoot gamma camera and auxiliary equipment problems. 5. Ability to analyze computer generated data for technical quality and artifacts and initiate corrective measures. Assignments. Candidates at this grade level serve as staff NMTs. This is the full performance level for the NMT. It is expected that they receive guidance from higher-level or supervisory staff members for only the most complex patients.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G19, Nuclear Medicine Technologist QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006, at

*PLEASE NOTE: * 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.

Physical Requirements: Performs a wide variety of examinations, utilizing radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals. Uses radiation detection and imaging equipment. 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; Specific visual requirement (good); Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors. Hearing (aid permitted).

Veterans' Preference: 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 review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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

Other Information

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

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

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-12 to 2017-09-01

Salary: $56,226 to $73,098 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 09

Series: 0601 General Health Science

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: KT-17-CMD-1989695-BU

Control number: 476708600