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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Nurse Series, 0610

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements

Education: Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. (One year of nursing experience as a military corpsman that has been accepted by a State licensing body may be accepted in lieu of education at the GS-4 level.)

Registration: Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.

Requirements
GradeEducationAnd/OrExperience
GS-4 Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree or 1 year of nursing experience as a military corpsman
GS-5 Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree and 1 year of professional nursing, or of at least GS-4 level practical nurse or nursing assistant experience under the supervision of a professional nurse
or Completion of a program of at least 30 months' duration or 4 academic years above high school or bachelor's degree None
GS-7 Completion of a professional nursing program and 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level
or 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement None
GS-9 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or equivalent degree or 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level
GS-11 Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level
GS-12 and above None 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Evaluation of Education

At the GS-5 level, successfully completed undergraduate course work in nursing; the behavioral, physical, or biological sciences related to nursing; nutrition; public health; and maternal and child health in excess of that required for completion of an associate degree may be substituted for professional nursing experience at the rate of 1 academic year for 9 months of experience. Applicants for Community Health Nurse positions at GS-5 and above must have graduated from a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program.

Graduate-level education must have been in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or in a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled. Applicants for nurse anesthetist positions at GS-9 and above must have graduated from a course of study for nurses in anesthesia of at least 18 month's duration that was accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for the year of their graduation. Applicants for nurse midwife positions must have completed an organized program of study and clinical experience recognized by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Evaluation of Experience

Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. At GS-9 and above, many positions require experience in a specialty area of nursing.

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