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Physician Assistant / Nurse Practitioner

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $103,435*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level

As a Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner for the CIA, you will work with highly motivated individuals to deliver medical and traumatic care within austere environments. You may also perform the following duties:

  • Establish and operate remote independent duty clinics
  • Treat illness, injuries and medical emergencies to include trauma stabilization
  • Conduct physical examinations and interpretation of diagnostic testing
  • Provide didactic and practical instruction in various levels of medical care to include survival skills, field medicine, and tactical combat casualty care
  • Participate in medical planning
  • Perform logistical and administrative functions

You will be required to carry medical equipment from one location to another on foot within austere foreign environments and may work with host-country personnel, often as the sole provider. You should be comfortable operating independently with a minimal amount of key medical supplies and without direct physician oversight.

While the initial assignment is located in the Washington, DC area, you will become part of a deploying team which may require six (6) months or more of the year serving abroad to various locations during the beginning of your career. All candidates are required to serve a one year singleton deployment at some point, but can also choose to relocate with immediate family to an assorted choice of locations abroad to serve in a more clinical setting.

As part of our team you will receive excellent benefits and a variety of medical and non-medical training will be provided. Sign on incentives and moving expenses are reimbursed.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Support

The Directorate of Support (DS) provides everything the CIA needs to accomplish its critical mission of defending our nation. The DS provides business operations support to Agency components including all aspects of security, logistics, facilities, finance, education, medical services and human resources. Learn more about the Directorate of Support.

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an AAPA-approved program and/or NP program
  • Current NCCPA certification for PAs or licensure for NPs
  • Minimum of five (5) years of full-time equivalent experience in emergency medicine or surgery with primary care experience
  • Experience living overseas or extensive travel within various cultures as an adult
  • Comfortable working in a diverse and austere environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Military background
  • Strong interest in international affairs
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Foreign language proficiency

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • Copy of certifications/licenses
  • At least one professional reference with full name and contact information


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:52 PM
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2018 05:15 PM

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