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Job Title:Physical Therapist

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air Force Personnel Center

Job Announcement Number:AFPCMEDEH-839944-0633

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,488.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 08, 2013 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013




Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Andrews AFB, MD United StatesView Map
Osan South KoreaView Map
Air Force Academy, CO United StatesView Map
Minot AFB, ND United StatesView Map
Scott AFB, IL United StatesView Map
More Locations  (10)


United States Citizens


The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice; under this recruitment procedure, each location/ installation, identified in this Public Notice will accept applications and make selections for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.


These positions are being filled under Medical Expeditied Hiring Authority for certain civilian healthcare professional positions and are located Air Force-Wide. Positions may be filled as permanent, temporary or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.


Please send all required documents directly to the Civilian Personnel Flight at the base/location at which you wish to be considered.  Additional information specific to the expedited hiring authority for acquisition positions can be found at the link under the How to Apply tab.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Travel and relocation expenses may be paid
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancy
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • A security clearance may be required
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized


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·        Provide examination, evaluation, diagnosis/assessment, treatment; evidence based intervention and medical management, consultation, counseling, education, prevention, and follow-up services for physical neuromuscular disorders including neurological and orthopedic musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

·        Select, fit, and establish effective use of and/or training in procurement of appropriate adaptive equipment for normal activities of daily living. Provide services to individuals with physical impairments needing specialized adaptive equipment such as a wheelchair, upper extremity/lower extremity prosthetics and bracing.

·        Educate/counsel individuals regarding physical functional limitations in work, sport or activities of daily living.  Maintain clinical documentation to include reports of diagnostic evaluation, records of patient's daily performance and therapeutic procedures utilized.

·        May supervise physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and aides, and physical medicine journeyman and craftsman. Perform research to validate current practice standards and/or implement pre-established professional practice standards for evaluation/treatment of various orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures.

·        Formulate training objectives, develops standards and general procedures for clinical supervision of physical therapy graduate students IAW APTA clinical performance instruction (CPI) guidelines during student clinical affiliations.

·        Direct and coordinate with staff in designing and conducting specialized research/case studies to further professional knowledge, operations and enhancements within physical therapy career-field. Coordinate all research proposals through local facility Institutional Review Board (IRB). Perform required administrative responsibilities related to patient care interventions and professional services provided. 





This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Duties and responsibilities vary and may increase according to grade level.



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Basic Requirements

Degree: that included or was supplemented by (1) a physical therapy curriculum approved by a recognized professional accrediting organization at the time the curriculum was completed, and (2) the clinical affiliation requirements prescribed by the school.


Applicants must pass a State-administered national examination.


Applicants who have completed an approved curriculum at either the baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate certificate level and who subsequently completed a substantial program of clinical practice of less than 1 year, e.g., 6 months, planned to assure professional competence to practice in the occupation may be rated eligible for GS-6, rather than GS-5.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below.



GS-09:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. GS-11:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level.  GS-12:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level.  Specialized is experience which may have been gained while planning and carrying out treatment utilizing therapeutic exercise, massage, and physical agents such as air, water, electricity, sound, and radiant energy; performing tests and measurements involving manual or electrical means; and interpreting results.



EDUCATION:  In lieu of specialized experience, applicants can substitute the following levels of education:

GS-09 = 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field.

GS-11 = 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field.




Combination of Graduate Education and Professional Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.


Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:


1.    Knowledge and skill obtained through years of professional training coupled with extensive clinical experience examining, evaluating, diagnosing, and treating through advanced clinical techniques both neurological and orthopedic musculoskeletal impairments in patients with functional and complex physical limitations.


2.    Knowledge of the etiology and manifestations of the full range of organic and functional physical disorders and their complications (to include but not limited to physical, mental, emotional, social, educational, and vocational problems) contributing to the overall impairment and applying anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles to address the overall physical dysfunction.


3.    Knowledge of contemporary rehabilitation theories, clinical research methodologies and current manual therapy techniques applying evidence based reasoning to properly develop a sound and effective therapeutic treatment program and/or research platform. Applying the principals and practice of counseling, instructing patients with physical impairments and disorders on therapeutic prognosis and expected outcomes while integrating their family members to enhance and support these outcomes.


4.    Knowledge of supervisory and programmed instruction principals to be applied in the training and clinical supervision of graduate students, staff physical therapists, enlisted physical medicine craftsman/journeyman, civilian support staff, resident/intern physicians and other health professionals.


5.    Knowledge of health delivery and support services within a medical facility, and related services within the community, in order to work as a member of patient care teams, to consult with health professionals and to deliver physical therapy rehabilitative services to both an acute and chronically ill outpatient population.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. 

You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 


FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


·        Employee may be subject to random drug testing.

·        Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

·        Shift work and emergency overtime may be required.

·        Employee must maintain current certifications.



To determine if you are qualified for this position, your complete application will be reviewed against the qualifications required for the position.


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Benefits of Working for the Federal Government - Click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.  For additional information, click here.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.   Click here for more information.


Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.


Temporary and Term Appointments:  If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes all of the following:

   1) Your résumé

   2) Copy of your Transcripts

   3) Copy of your License 

   4)  Any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

All of your documents including your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications are to be submitted directly to the Civilian Personnel Office at the location for which you are applying.   Each civilian personnel office determines how long resumes are kept on file.  Location addresses are listed at the below link:

You will need to click on Expedited Hiring Authority for Acquisition Positions and then scroll down to see base locations and addresses.

Please ensure that all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and at least the last four digits of your social security number.  

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this Public Notice

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information mailed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date


Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any documentation submitted by an applicant.


The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement.


1) Resume (must include beginning/ending month & year for each employment period)

2) Transcripts (must contain the university logo)

3) Physical Therapist License

3) Veterans’ Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10 point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).


Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.


Phone: 8005250102
TDD: 800 382-0893
Agency Information:
follow the instructions on the notice
in How to Apply Tab,


After you send your application to the appropriate Civilian Personnel Office, you will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. 


The length of time your application will remain active will vary. The Civilian Personnel Flight will determine the length of time your application will remain active depending on local requirements/guidance (normally 3 - 6 months).

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Andrews AFB, MD United StatesView Map
Osan South KoreaView Map
Air Force Academy, CO United StatesView Map
Minot AFB, ND United StatesView Map
Scott AFB, IL United StatesView Map
Buckley AFB, CO United StatesView Map
Lackland AFB, TX United StatesView Map
Eglin AFB, FL United StatesView Map
Hill AFB, UT United StatesView Map
Offutt AFB, NE United StatesView Map
Pope AFB, NC United StatesView Map
Sheppard AFB, TX United StatesView Map
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH United StatesView Map
Dover, DE United StatesView Map
MacDill AFB, FL United StatesView Map

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