This series covers positions that involve assisting a physician by providing diagnostic and therapeutic medical care and services under the guidance of the physician. The work requires knowledge of specific observation and examination procedures, and the ability to perform diagnostic and therapeutic tasks. The work does not include the full scope of interpretation of medical findings requiring the full professional background of the licensed physician. Physician assistants assist in the examination and observation of patients by performing such duties as taking case histories, conducting physical examinations, and ordering laboratory studies during hospital rounds and clinic visits. As directed by a physician, physician assistants carry out special procedures; for example, they give injections or other medication, apply or change dressing, perform lumbar punctures, or suture minor lacerations.
All applicants must meet the following basic requirements for all grade levels:
Applicants who meet the above basic requirements may qualify for the following grade levels if they meet the educational and/or specialized experience requirements described below.
GS-07 (or equivalent): Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at this grade level:
GS-09 (or equivalent): Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at this grade level:
GS-11 (or equivalent): Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements qualify for positions at this grade level:
GS - 12 and above (or equivalent): 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 is required.
There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.