Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 972545 Include on all documents) 

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?


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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.

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NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12. The Medical Support Assistant 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.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


Duties:  Incumbent evaluates a wide variety of patients, interpreting consults from primary care physicians and evaluating patient's level of function, e.g. balance, muscle strength, range of motion, etc. using complex evaluation procedures.  Utilizes evaluation data to implement a treatment plan in collaboration with the patient which includes both short and long terms goals with timeframes of achievement, and continuously re-evaluates patient’s status with appropriate modification of treatment plan to better meet short and long-term goals.  Evaluates patient's need for assistive devices and trains patients in their use; evaluates device and makes recommendations for adjustment; documents in patient's medical record the results of the initial evaluation, the treatment plans, and changes in patient's status within department guidelines.  Screens new referrals and identifies patients who may benefit from physical therapy.  Plans and implements appropriate patient education program involving patient and family when feasible; documents education in chart.  Attends interdisciplinary team meetings, advising team members of the patient's potential in relation to his functional ability.  Assists in research projects with primary service, where applicable. Keep abreast of changes and new technologies in the field of rehabilitation and in the practice of Physical Therapy.  Displays knowledge of changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric groups; displays the ability to assess and interpret data about the patient's status; displays an ability to identify age-specific, developmental and cultural needs and provides the appropriate care and direction based upon these factors.  Incumbent schedules outpatient clinic appointment using Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) scheduling options.  Uses established business rules to schedule appointments for veterans.  This includes clinic visits, consultations and entries into the Electronic Wait List (EWL).  Incumbent complies with the mandatory training requirements for the outpatient scheduling process.  Maintain an effective quality assurance and utilization review effort.  Serves as a mentor for Physical Therapy staff and other health care professionals in area of expertise, promoting staff development and personal growth, and keeps abreast of upward mobility and continuing education opportunities.  Utilizes available fiscal assistance resources; participates in orientation and training of new Physical Therapy staff; provides orientation and training to a broad range of health care professionals and students on various aspects of Physical Therapy and rehabilitation.  Incumbent also participates in research studies and/or consult with others conducting research in Physical Therapy related fields.  Plans and presents in-services to physical therapy and other disciplines.  Maintain patient's records, statistics and reports required by the section/service and submits requests for additional equipment, expendable supplies and books to physical therapy supervisor.  Establishes program development, refining present programs, and ongoing evaluation of program effectiveness.  This includes program guidelines and protocols, as well as quality assurance for the physical therapy section. Communicates with internal and external customers in a manner that effectively projects a positive, cooperative image of the organization and treats our customers with courtesy, dignity and respect. 

Work schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt

Supervisory Position:  No

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Recruitment/relocation incentives may be authorized.