QUALIFICATIONS: 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). 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.
In addition, must have completed at least one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree or doctoral degree in physical therapy or directly related field.
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible
to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
(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
(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.
c. 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.
d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
e. 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-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, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
(b) Demonstrated KSAs:
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).
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.
Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.