- Citizen of the United States.
- Education: 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.
- 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.
- English Language Proficiency. PTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.
GS-7: None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-9: 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.
The candidate must also fully demonstrate the KSAOs below.
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.
Experience: One (1) year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-9).
Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in physical therapy or a directly related field.
The candidate must also fully demonstrate the KSAOs below.
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.
VA HANDBOOK 5005 APRIL 15, 2002
Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates education and experience and recommend the grade from GS-7 to GS-11 and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/24, Part II, Appendix G12 Physical Therapist QUALIFICATION STANDARD, QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 18, 2009.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires long periods of standing, bending, stretching, assisting patients and sitting at a computer monitor. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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.
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