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
Physical Requirements: Individuals tentatively selected must pass a
pre-employment physical which may include a drug screen.
Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS: (Note :This position is
being actively recruited for a GS-11 candidate, due to the assignment of the
In addition to meeting the basic
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 masters degree in physical therapy or a directly related
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
YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA
Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G12, Physical Therapist Qualification
Standard, dated February 18, 2009 and OPM Group
Coverage Qualification Standard for
Professional and Scientific Positions athttp://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0600/0633.htm
Physical Requirement: This position requires the use hands and fingers to grasp, move, and/or assemble objects 0-1 hour at a time up to 75% of a day of work; ability to use muscles to lift, push, pull, and/or carry objects up to 50lbs from the floor for brief periods of time 0-30 seconds up to 20% of the day; standing 0-1 hours at a time up to 75% of a day of work; walking 0-2 hours at a time up to 75% of a day of work; bending and twisting of the trunk/body: 0-1 hours at a time up to 50% of a day of work; positioning disabled patients: 0-1 hours at a time up to 50% of a day of work; ability to cognitively focus for 100% of the day; visually be able to distinguish between colors, shades, and brightness for 100% of the day.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.
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, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.