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Job Title:Physical Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-LL-MO-T38H-888005

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

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$52,852.00 to $83,126.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Friday, June 28, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Loma Linda, CA United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  13-LL-MO-T38H-888005

***Position is Open Until Filled***

***Cut-Off Dates are the 4th Friday of Every Month*** 

All required documents MUST be submitted to be considered for this position.

Be sure to read the required documents section below and submit ALL of the required forms.

This announcement will remain open until filled. A selection can be made at any time. Applicants are encouraged not to delay and submit a complete application as soon as possible.

Our mission: 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.


VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply 

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 to GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (PSB) (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional 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.


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
  • Education and Licensure requirement


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This position is located in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System.

As a health care professional, the therapist works with all aspects of outpatient physical therapy evaluation, assessment and treatment.  Follows the service/section policies and is responsible for evaluating referred patients and establishing and executing treatment plans that include a full range of complex treatment procedures and modalities.  Must be comfortable with a wide variety of diagnosis and patient complexity in the realm of chronic and acute pain, geriatric and adult musculoskeletal dysfunction, orthopedic and neurological disorders, and functional mobility.  Evaluates and interprets information from a physical evaluation and integrates this information into physical therapy recommendations.  Works closely with the treatment team and provides treatment plans that are designed to restore individual patients to their highest possible functional level and to enhance their adaptive capacities through the use of physical measures, activities or assistive devices.  May facilitate an evaluation for a patient requiring special equipment or device such as a wheel chair, or orthotics by referring the patient to the appropriate team members or clinics.  Provides education and instruction which may include HEP, body mechanics, use of gait aides to the patient and appropriate family members/caregivers and and/or significant others.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 4:30 with the possibility of flexible tour times, and some Saturday coverage. Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours.  The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

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



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·         U.S. citizenship.

·         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.

·         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.



Creditable Experience

(a) Knowledge of Contemporary Professional Physical Therapy Practice. To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the required knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with the scope of physical therapy practice as outlined in the current Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Normative Model of Physical Therapist Education. The experience may have been evidenced by one or more of the following:

1. Active professional practice. (Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional PT as defined by APTA or the appropriate licensing board.) Experience gained after graduation but prior to licensure is creditable provided the candidate was utilized as a graduate PT and subsequently passed the licensure examination.

2. In addition to licensure, applicants must demonstrate completion of a minimum of 15 continuing education units (CEUs) recognized by APTA or the appropriate licensing board.

3. Completion of a post-graduate fellowship or a post-graduate residency program may substitute for creditable experience on a year for year basis.

(b) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned post degree and meets the following:

1. Work as a graduate PT directly related to the position to be filled; and

2. The work to be credited is at a level comparable to physical therapy experience at the same or next

lower grade level than the grade level being considered for placement.

(c) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a graduate PT is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a PT employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

(d) Board Certification. Board certification means having successfully passed a Board Certification examination administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

(e) Content Specialty. Specialized content areas of physical therapy include, but are not limited to, geriatrics, neurology, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, electrophysiology, diabetes, sports medicine, spinal cord injury, amputee, wound care, stroke, brain injury and arthritis.

(f) Post-graduate Fellowships. According to the APTA, a post graduate fellowship is “A postprofessional, funded, and planned learning experience in a focused area of PT clinical practice, education, or research (not infrequently post-doctoral, post-residency prepared or board-certified physical therapists)”.

(g) Post-graduate Residency. According to the APTA, a post-graduate residency is “A planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that is designed to advance significantly the physical therapist’s preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice”.


In addition to the basic requirements for appointment in paragraph 2, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates. This criteria is consistent with the two-grade interval structure for professional/scientific professions found in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G.

GS-7 Staff Physical Therapist

(a) Experience, Education and Licensure. None beyond basic requirements. Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) January 1, 2002 decision as shown in the note in paragraph 2.

(b) Assignment. Employees at this level serve as a Staff PT in a PT career development position practicing under close supervision of a PT at or above the full-performance level.

GS-9 Staff Physical Therapist

(a) 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) in subparagraph (b) below.

(b) Demonstrated 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.

(c) Assignments. Candidates at this grade level serve as staff PTs in a career development position progressively expanding their ability to provide assessment and treatment interventions for a wider range of human function systems. PTs at this level require less direction and guidance, but practice under the direction of a PT at or above the full performance level.

GS-11 Physical Therapist

(a) 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 the KSAOs in subparagraph (b) below.

(b) Demonstrated 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.

(c) Assignments. Candidates must be licensed for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff PTs at this level are responsible for providing assessment and treatment intervention. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent physical therapy services in the assigned area. PTs at this level may be given general assignments in any physical 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 PT 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).

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G12, PHYSICAL THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD. 

Physical Requirements: Physical Therapy is a vocation that requires regular and recurring physical exertion with long periods of standing, bending, walking and periods of assisting patients with transfers. This hospital has a policy of NO PATIENT LIFT, meaning that mechanical lifts are available to assist with safe patient transfers without lifting patients directly. Demonstration of various physical therapy procedures requires good physical conditioning. Physical therapy also requires manual dexterity to manipulate tools and equipment with activities such as assembling equipment with the use of hand tools such as screwdriver or pliers, and power tools such as a power chop saw.

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES: Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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.

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.


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

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


Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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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, 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


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 apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé. Please make sure your resume includes where you worked, dates of employment (From: mm/yyyy To: mm/yyyy), and number of hours worked per week.
  2. VA Form 10-2850C available online at
  3. OF 306 available online at
  4. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  5. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 28, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, 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 any 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.
  5. Applicants may request the OPM Form 1203-FX from OPM by calling USAJOBS at (703)724-1850; OPM will then mail the form to the applicant.  However, mailing takes time and if the announcement is nearing its closing date, this may not be practical.  The form can also be obtained on the Internet at .

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 888005.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following Application documents are required.

The following Eligibility documents are required. Failure to submit the required eligibility documents will result in you being notified that you have been rated ineligible for further consideration of this position.

  • Current or Former Federal Employees - Must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your current grade level. If you have served at a higher grade level in Federal service which qualifies you for this position, please provide a copy of that SF-50.
  • Other eligibility documents: Use the CHECKLIST to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as documentation to support Veteran Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced federal employees), and any document that will verify your eligibility to apply for this position.


Nadine Barlow
Phone: (909)825-7084x2872
Agency Information:
VHA Loma Linda HCS
Human Resources 605/05
11201 Benton Street
Loma Linda, CA


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your qualifications accordingly. Based on your qualifications you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your qualifications determination has been completed. 

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