OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English.
of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs
which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational
State Licensure: Must hold a full,
current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or
trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a
Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of
Exceptions for the
Graduate Occupational Therapist: Graduates from an approved
occupational therapy program, but do not possess the NBCOT OTR certification and/or
do not meet the state regulatory requirements, may be given a temporary
appointment as a graduate OT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38
U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2). This appointment may not be extended.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS:SALARY IS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met to determine grade level of the position:
GS-9: Experience or Education. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidate must have at least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy; or a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE.
In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs)
1) Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.
2) Ability to administer and interpret occupational therapy assessment and evaluation tools.
3) Ability to interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods to achieve stated goals.
4) Ability to implement the intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others.
5) Skill to monitor the individual's response to interventions and modify treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated.
6) Skill and ability to communicate and or collaborate with the patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals or other individuals verbally and in writing.
7) Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.
8) Knowledge and ability to comply with all applicable regulations governing documentation, medical records, reimbursement and workload statistics in accordance with established professional practice and VHA.
Assignments: Candidates at this grade level serve as staff OTs in a career development position progressively expanding their ability to provide assessment and treatment interventions for a wider range of human function systems. OTs at this level require less direction and guidance, but practice under the direction of an OT at or above the full performance level.
GS-11: Education and Experience: In addition to the basic requirements,
completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope
of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the
position being filled, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate
education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related
addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade
level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs)
Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions
associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the
diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to
identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of function and
utilization of non-standard methods and techniques.
Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment
and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional
Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.
Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.
Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize
and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental
Assignment: OTs at this grade
level must meet state regulatory requirements for assignment at this grade
level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff OTs at
this level practice independently and are responsible for performing
occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Staff OTs demonstrate a full
professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy
and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral
intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to
all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide
professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area.
OTs at this level may be given general assignments in any occupational therapy
program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a
recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the
facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole OT at a less complex
facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program
management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of
work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: To receive credit for education completed outside the
United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a
private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational
credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that
gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
Qualifications: Applicants must meet
the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II; Appendix
G14 dated 2/26/09, available at http://www1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.doc#AppIIG14
, Qualification Standard for Occupational Therapist, GS-0631.