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We invite skilled, dedicated clinicians to consider joining our health care team in caring for America's Veterans! The VHA ISP offers you the flexibility you desire for travel as you support the clinician needs of VHA health care facilities. We look forward to offering you an experience that is exciting, professionally-rewarding, educational, and personally-fulfilling! Applications may be submitted via the USAJobs website.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.  Non-US citizens will only be considered if there are no qualified U.S. citizens available.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Random drug testing
  • Physical standards
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Preferred Candidates for ISP Clinicians:

Will have at least one-year’s recent clinical practice in the clinical field

PHYSICIANS - Basic Qualification:

  • Possess a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia.
  • Possess a Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Completed residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.  Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed; or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Physician Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with the appropriate professional training.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations.
  • A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA);  
  • Current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  NOTE: Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years.

NURSE PRACTITIONER - Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Licensed as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner in any state
  • Possess a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ACEN or CCNE
  • Maintain a full and current certification as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body

REGISTERED NURSES - Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in any state.
  • Possess a degree from a program accredited by the ACEN or CCNE
  • One current year of successful nursing practice preferred