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Job Title:  Physical Therapist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-613-13-HS-919288

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$60,953.00 to $83,807.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to Thursday, October 10, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Detrick, MD United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 919288

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. 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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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"

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-09 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Tour of Duty: Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


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Applications will be accepted on an open continuous basis until the position is filled. The first cut-off date will be July, 24 2013 then every two weeks until filled.

The staff Physical Therapist (PT) holds a degree or certificate in Physical Therapy from an accredited college or university recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  The incumbent also holds an unrestricted license in Physical Therapy from any one of the states in the United States of America.
    Physical Therapy is a referral-based discipline, serving physician referred patients in rural health areas as well as coverage at our main medical center when needed.  In serving these patients, the PT participates in Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) conferences, integrates treatment plans with other disciplines, consults referring practitioners, conducts performance improvement activities to include productivity or accountability measures; equipment and material needs; educational and in-service programs; and understands and meets accreditation standards as presented in The Joint Commission (JC) and/or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) manuals as the standards relate to rehabilitation disciplines.  The staff PT is supervised by the Rehabilitation Supervisor but must be able to function independently at CBOC locations.

    Guidelines include JC or CARF standards, APTA Standards of Practice, professional publications, agency and Medical Center policies, and the DRS and Physical Therapy Section administrative policies and procedures.  Professional guidelines outlining typical techniques or methodologies may serve as norms and precedents.  The PT exercises independent judgment in evaluating, treating and changing of treatment plans when evaluation and treatment procedure precedents are not applicable.

CLINICAL- The purpose is to rehabilitate patients to their maximum functional potential with the ideal goal being that of independent living.  Physical therapy treatment has a direct impact on the physical, social, or economic well-being of patients.

  • Demonstrates professionalism in accurately evaluating and treating all assigned patients.
  • Provides appropriate treatment, with emphasis on    maximizing function, both in the psychosocial and physical restorative areas.  Assesses effectiveness of treatment daily, and modifies as necessary, always utilizing appropriate graded treatment modalities/activities.
  • Completes electronic progress notes on patients assigned, at appropriate intervals, including observations of patients' functional status, behaviors pertinent to rehabilitation, relevant short and long-term goals, progress towards discharge, and disposition recommendations.
  • Refers patients via the Consult package when other subspecialty (for example speech language pathology, neuropsychology, social work, psychology, wheel chair clinic, etc.) involvement is indicated.
  • Directs physical therapy assistants, students, or aides in performance of proper patient treatment.
  • Performs co-assessments or treatments with Occupational Therapy as needed.
  • Initiates or recommends referrals for follow up treatment and/or specialized assessment by physicians or other health care providers.
  • Assess patients for appropriate assistive devices.
  • Demonstrates independent professional discretion and has authority to refuse and/or modify requested treatment when such treatment is contraindicated or inappropriate.
  • Participates in DRS' peer review process, staffing, and PT meetings.
  • Provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, and maturation needs of the adult and/or geriatric patient to include demonstration of the: knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to age of the patient served; knowledge of changes associated with aging; and abilities to provide care based upon age related factors.
ADMINISTRATIVE- The purpose is to assure the PT is accountable for productivity, clinical treatment area, material needs, and performance in consonance with the Medical Center's mission.  The incumbent:
  • Surveys physical therapy areas for safety, adequacy of supplies and proper use of equipment.  Report findings to the Rehabilitation Supervisor.
  • Provides patient/family education and home treatment programs with instructions for independent therapy, to include safe therapeutic practices.
  • Compiles and submits statistical data required to document patient attendance, therapist workload, and productivity indicators.
  • Represents service at ward rounds and other meetings.
  • Teaches students from affiliated college or university program.
  • Assists in training program for students and in-service training for physical therapy staff.
  • Orients physicians, nurses, and others to the physical therapy program.
  • Assures patient treatment areas are presentable and acceptable environments, requesting improvement when necessary.
  • Assures required supplies, prosthetic items and materials are available in a timely manner as to not negatively impact upon patient care. 
  • Participates in defining performance goals for physical therapy that are consonant with the Medical Center goals, performance measures, and performance improvement each calendar year, providing this information to the Rehabilitation Supervisor.
  • Schedules and checks-out assigned patients in appointment management or through CPRS, in a timely manner, to assure productivity is captured, encounters have proper coding for billing purposes, and data is transferred to the Decision Support System.


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  • U.S. citizenship- Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.   
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. (1) 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. A PT who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists.
  • English Language Proficiency- PTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as requiredby VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    3. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of
    significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described
    in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
  • 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.



  • GS-09 Staff Physical Therapist- 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 following 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 Staff Physical Therapist- 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 following 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/24 Part II Appendix G12 

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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, Use of fingers, both hands required, Reaching above shoulder, Walking (8 hours), Standing (8 hours), Both legs required (1 prosthetic), Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (Aid permitted), and Mental and emotional stability.

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 DD214(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 application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect 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, 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.


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 10, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 919288.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 10, 2013Thursday, October 10, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Heather Sims
Phone: (304)263-0811x4691
Agency Information:
VHA Martinsburg VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
Human Resources Management Service
510 Butler Avenue
Martinsburg, WV


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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