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Job Title:  Physical Therapist - Home Based Primary Care/Home Transitional Care
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OE-13-SPH-820963

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$54,373.00 to $80,455.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 to Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Columbia, SC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 820963 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7, GS-9 to GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact  Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Complete application packets received by January 30, 2013 will receive first consideration.  If a selection is not made, applications will be reviewed and referred every two weeks thereafter until a selection is made. 


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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The Geriatrics and Extended Care Service has a vacancy for a Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) and Home Transititional Care (HTC) rehabilitation therapist.  The position may be filled as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or a Kinesiotherapist.  This announcement is specifically for Physical Therapy.  Separate announcements are posted for the other occupations. 

The rehab therapist utilizes knowledge, experience, and expertise to promote efficiency, and improved patient care, within the HBPC/HTC program. 

Functions include:  Clinical:  Assures that a high degree of quality patient care is provided. Evaluates referred patients in their home for safety and for needed equipment to assist the patient to remain in a home setting.  Independently exercises creativity in solving problems without direct supervisory guidance to meet the varying needs of the patients.  Assists with assessment of the veteran’s functional status, and provides evaluation of the veteran’s home for needed structural modifications to make the home environment safe and accessible. Assists the HBPC/HTC staff in establishing a therapeutic program for the veteran and caregiver to maintain or enhance function or retard deterioration in the veteran’s functional status.  Exercises independent professional judgment in planning and executing treatment programs to meet complex and frequent changes in treatment objectives.  Treats patients referred by care providers using techniques in therapeutic exercises, muscle re-education, gait training, functional training (activities of daily living). Performs various tests such as manual muscle testing, range of motion, and/or balance testing.  Communicates patient’s treatment progress to clinical staff and patient’s families. Assists in teaching the caregiver body mechanics to minimize the risk of injury. Makes follow-up home visits as identified through the initial assessment, when there is a change in the Veteran’s condition or status, and after events, such as falls or hospitalizations.  Assists in determining the need for prosthetic equipment; teaching and monitoring the safe use of these devices, and reporting equipment problems to the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service.  Attends and participates in interdisciplinary staff planning/discussions on patient care. Evaluates patient’s capabilities for independent living activities.  Drives government vehicle to make home visits and maintains a valid driver’s license.  Administrative:  Maintains accurate patient records (periodic progress, treatment plan).  Compiles statistical data regarding patient’s visits, number of treatments, use of modalities and procedures for treatment on a daily/monthly basis.  Submits supporting documentation for reports as requested e.g., SERP, JCAHO, Management Briefing. Inspects and tests equipment for good operating condition.  Justifies need for new equipment and requests repairs through the appropriate channels. Follows infection control and safety procedures.  Education:  Conducts patient education sessions (film, handouts, lectures).   Conducts training program (e.g., proper body mechanics on-the-job) for professional and non-professional personnel.  Conducts exercise program to promote wellness and improve strength, balance, and flexibility.  Attends in-service educational programs.  Research:  Patient surveys within to ascertain patient’s satisfaction of care provided by HBPC/HTC staff.  Participates in quality assurance plans.

This position requires driving.  Please submit a copy of your driver’s license.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States.  Education:  (1)  Degree.  Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs.  Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Web site, or at their office address:  American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, 703-684-2782, or 800-999-2782.   NOTE:  Effective, January 1, 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees. (2)  Foreign Graduates.  Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements in subparagraph 2b if they have a full unrestricted and current license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.  Any PT who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probational status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee.  Licensure:  Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.  Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2).  Non-licensed individuals appointed as a temporary graduate PT may not be appointed as a PT without being fully licensed.  Physical Requirements:  Individuals tentatively selected must pass a pre-employment physical which may include a drug screen.  English Language Proficiency:  Must be proficient in spoken and written English.


GRADE REQUIREMENTS:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements:

GS-7:  Experience, Education and Licensure. None beyond basic requirements.

GS-9:  Education, Experience and Licensure. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of post degree progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade or a master’s degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition, candidates must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs): 1. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology,  psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function.  2. Knowledge of and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to address human pathophysiology and dysfunction.  3. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professions.

GS-11 Physical Therapist:  Education, Experience, and Licensure. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition to meeting the KSAOs described at the GS-9 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate these KSAOs:  1. Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.  2. Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.  3. Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.  4. Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care.  5. Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/24, Part II, Appendix G12, PHYSICAL THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Position requires heavy lifting and carrying; reaching above shoulders; prolonged walking and standing; kneeling; bending; climbing.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications.  These applicants must submit a DD Form 214 worksheet or statement of service with their application.  Failure to provide required Veteran documents will result in an ineligible rating.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.  

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 820963.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.  CV or Resume.

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted.  Applicants who fail to submit will be rated ineligible for consideration.   Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (28-37) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.  This response should be provided on a separate sheet of paper as instructed on the form.

3.  Online Questionnaire.

4.   Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  Applicants who are not current federal employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted.  Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.

5.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  

6.  If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
7.  Proof of current certification, licensure or registration (if applicable).
8.  Copy of transcripts documenting the degree.

•   Please do not mail or e-mail application material.  Apply on-line or via fax.
•   If you require a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact the Chief of Human Resources at 803-776-4000 ext 6520.


Sheri Hanna
Phone: (803)776-4000x6735
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Columbia SC VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC
29209 Fax: (478)757-3144


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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