U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$48,998.00 to $63,703.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$48,998 to $63,703 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
The Physical Therapy Assistant is responsible for administering highly specialized and diversified treatment for patients with varying levels of physical and mental disabilities, and coordinating services with interdisciplinary team and providers.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday PRN weekend coverage
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Coordinates patient care in the Acute Care inpatient and outpatient programs. In this capacity the PTA spends at least 25% of their time performing duties associated with the Acute Care inpatient and outpatient specialty clinics. May rotate to other PM&R Clinics as needed.
Reviews charts, obtains appropriate subjective history, demonstrates ability to receive and accurately interpret information obtained, and instructions for physical therapy procedures.
Utilizing a standardized screening format, screens patients designated by the physical therapist (PT) as possible candidates for physical therapy services.
Evaluates and treats patients in diverse environments (room, clinic, outdoors, home, etc.). Uses standardized protocols/guidelines to perform patient safety evaluations data gathering, make recommendations for durable medical equipment, home environment modifications and safe practices.
Exercises independent judgment in interpreting findings of objective information gathered.
Modifies treatment techniques following physical therapy plan of care, based on patient response to treatment towards meeting established goals.
Demonstrates a full professional understanding of selective therapeutic techniques (basic and specialized) and modalities related to disability being treated.
Applies therapeutic techniques and modalities not limited to: exercises, therapeutic activities, neuromuscular re-education, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), self-care, balance, prosthetics/orthotics training, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) adjustments, wheelchair safety, mobility training, home safety, Activities of Daily Living (ADL's), DME training, heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), iontophoresis, phonophoresis, laser, application of bandages, etc.
Reviews discharge planning, makes recommendations, follows up on status of assistive devices/DME and coordinates follow up care with interdisciplinary team per plan of care.
Is responsible for daily electronic encounters entries, daily progress notes and daily patient care scheduling/attendance.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0636 Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education. Successful completion of an associate's degree from an accredited community college, junior college, college, or university in a physical therapy assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Grade Determinations: : Completion of 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs:
1. Advanced knowledge of treatment techniques in order to assess changes in physical, mental, and/or medical status.
2. Advanced knowledge of physical therapy data collection and assessment techniques in order to perform specified aspects of patient evaluations and interventions.
*3. Skill to manage and/or maintain responsibility for a specialty program.
*4. Ability to lead a group of employees and communicate information regarding work assignments and scheduling.
*5. Ability to instruct students and manage a trainee program for PTA students.
Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Employees at this grade level serve as senior PTAs. Candidates for assignment at this level must possess and demonstrate a level of clinical competence to serve as a consultant to other PTAs. Typical assignments for candidates at this grade level include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:
1. Serve as a lead PTA for a group of PTAs.
2. Coordinates PTA programming responsibility for a specialty program.
3. Serves as the medical center coordinator for clinical education for PTA students, to include developing training plans, scheduling rotation assignments, providing feedback on students' performance, and participating in clinical training education for PTA students.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G23.
Physical Requirements: Should have the ability to perform repetitive physical activities: typing/keyboarding (up to 4 hours); waking and standing (up to 4 hours); bending/stooping (up to 6 hours); kneeling/ reaching, moderate to heavy lifting and carrying (up to 2 hours); etc. Sitting is required for meetings, administrative work and driving motor vehicle most of the day. Use of fingers and both hands and ability to driving are required. Work may require good physical health, normal use of arms and legs and good visual and auditory acuity. Work is performed in the home, occasionally in the ward, exercise areas, office and conference rooms, May be exposed to infectious disease, medical an psychiatric emergencies.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/29/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Shelia Underwood Shelia Underwood
Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 South Lancaster Road
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