Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist-Anderson in Anderson, South Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Anderson, SC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 8/3/2016 (82 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1768787

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.

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.

Current VA employees should apply under JOA#1768788-BU


WJB Dorn VAMC, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, is currently recruiting for a physical therapist in the Anderson, SC Outpatient Clinic.

The incumbent will serve as a Physical Therapist administering physical therapy programs to adult and geriatric adult patients referred from primary care and specialty clinics for both orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. Incumbent plans and carries out the full range of treatment where therapeutic objectives are complex and procedures involved require the application of highly specialized skills and knowledge. The incumbent receives the referral and schedules the patient for evaluation and treatment in a timely fashion; provides an evaluation to include a medical history and results and interpretation of the appropriate tests and measurements performed; utilizes evaluation data to implement comprehensive patient treatment plans, involving patient in a goal setting process; modifies treatment plan according to evaluative finding on an ongoing basis to meet short and long term goals; recognizes adverse reaction to treatment and initiates effective action immediately. The incumbent employs unusual motivational techniques to enlist patient participation and adapts equipment and procedures to carry out a full range of complex treatment activities; involves the patient, family, caregivers, and pertinent health care staff in the treatment process by maintaining effective communication; communicates readily with the multidisciplinary treatment team, advising the team of patients' needs and progress, exchanging discharge planning information with them. Incumbent plans and implements appropriate patient education programs, involving the patient, family members and caregivers in the instructional process; works with a high degree of independence in planning and carrying out treatment programs to meet complex treatment objectives; plans and presents in-service education programs and can perform as a Student Clinical Training Supervisor.

Preferred experience in an outpatient setting

Work Schedule:8:00 am -4:30 pm, Monday – Friday Subject to change based on agency's needs. Functional Statement Title/#: Physical Therapist/544 01100-A

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements: Citizenship: 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 licensed. Physical Requirements: Individuals tentatively selected must pass a pre-employment physical which may include a drug screen. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must meet the following GS-11 grade level requirements: Education, Experience, and Licensure. 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 (knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function; knowledge of and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to address human pathophysiology and dysfunction; and ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professions), 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 indicated.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G12, Physical Therapist Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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); heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (6 hours); standing (6 hours); kneeling (5 hours); repeating bending (5 hours); climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; good visual requirement; hearing (aid permitted); mental & emotional stability required.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $58,562.00 to $76,131.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 446605300

Job Announcement Number: OE-16-AMG-1768787-BU