Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapy Assistant in Golden, Colorado

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Golden, CO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1818458

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

VA Eastern Colorado HealthCare System (ECHCS) is complexity level 1a and provides a full range of state-of-the-art patient care services. ECHCS provides tertiary care and services to over 72,000 patients and is a major referral center for veterans living in Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, and New Mexico. ECHCS serves as an educational and research center, it is highly affiliated with medical and educational institutions. Health Care Services are provided at 15 different geographically dispersed locations incorporating nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics, two Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinics, one local and one remote Community Living Center, Homeless Veteran's Domiciliary, a Community Referral and Resource Center, a Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center and VA presence on two DOD bases; Fort Carson and U.S. Air Force Academy covering a geographical area of over 10,000 square miles. ECHCS employs over 2,500 personnel in 150 occupations.

VA e*ncourages* 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.

If you are not a current, permanent internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant) or a current, permanent VA Agency Wide or Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement EC-11B-17-IS-EXT-1818477-BU opens 10/20/2016 and closes 10/27/2016.

Position Summary: The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a graduate of a credited PTA program. The PTA is responsible for treating patients referred by the Physical Therapist. The PTA is an active member in a comprehensive outpatient therapy program that includes but is not limited to geriatrics, amputation, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord dysfunction, orthopedics surgery, chronic pain, musculoskeletal dysfunction, and neurological dysfunction. The PTA completes the planning and implementation of the complex treatment program for each patient, communicates with the PT of progress achieved by the patient, discusses need for change in treatment plan, and communicates when treatment goals have been met.


Duties to include the following:

  • Receives patient caseload through appropriate referrals from a PT.
  • Implements the treatment plan developed with the PT to meet the individual treatment needs and gathers pertinent information about the patient.
  • Performs individual treatment for the patients assigned, providing ongoing assessments of the patient's physical and functional status.
  • Administers standardized tests including but not limited to manual muscle test, range of motion, gait training, muscle strengthening, coordination, endurance, postural balance, etc.
  • Assigned area will depend on needs of the Service and skill set of the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA).
  • Modifies or adapts specialized treatment plan to reflect the changing needs of the patient.
  • Guides the patient and family members to participate in treatment plans and comply with indicated regimens and home exercise activities.
  • Active member in a comprehensive therapy program that may include treating geriatrics patients in an outpatient care setting at the Golden VA Outpatient Clinic. The Incumbent has daily contact with the Physical Therapist's - discussing the progress of referred patients.

Work Schedule:**Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 4:30. Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

*Functional Statement Title/#: *Physical Therapy Assistant

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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).
  • English Language Proficiency - Individuals appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience:

  • PTA license for at least two years.

  • Experience in a Hospital setting.

  • Experience in an outpatient orthopedic setting.

  • Bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine/Exercise Physiology

  • Experience in outpatient care settings.

  • Strong team skills and communication

  • Examples of improving work environment through positive quality improvement projects and improved patient satisfaction outcomes

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining grades.

(1) GS-4: Education and Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.

(2) GS-5: Education and Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, six months of experience comparable to the next lower grade level.

(3) GS-6: Education and Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, one year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level.

(4) GS-7: Education and Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, one year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. Employees at this grade level serve as staff PTAs. This is the full performance level for tht PTA. Assignments include: service as an active team member in a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program such as geriatrics, amputee, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac rehabilitation, aquatics, orthopedics, or wound care, etc.; prepare, provide, and supervise clinical training experiences for PTA students; and independently provide patient education to patients and their caregivers.

The following KSAs are required:

  1. Ability to organize data, format that data into a presentation, and present information pertinent to patient care in formal or informal settings. Examples may include providing in-service training to staff or formal presentations to the treatment team.

  2. Knowledge of contemporary physical therapy practice. This may be demonstrated through continuing education courses, in-service training, or journal article reviews.

  3. Ability to independently implement selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.

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; religious; 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G23, Physical Therapy Assistant Qualification Standard.

PLEASE 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:

Physical Therapy is a vocation that requires regular and recurring physical exertion with long periods of standing, bending, walking and periods of assisting patients with transfers. This hospital has a policy of NO PATIENT LIFT, meaning that mechanical lifts are available to assist with safe patient transfers without lifting patients directly. Demonstration of various physical therapy procedures requires good physical conditioning. Physical therapy also requires manual dexterity to manipulate tools and equipment with activities such as assembling equipment with the use of hand tools such as screwdriver or pliers, and power tools such as a power chop saw. Heavy lifting and carrying 45 pounds and over; Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking and Standing for four hours, Repeated bending, Hearing (aid permitted), Works with electrical energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, moving objects or vehicles, works with hands in water, works closely with others, protracted or irregular hours of work.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:** Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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: $31,053.00 to $55,648.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0636-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This vacancy is open to any current, permanent Federal employee

Control Number: 452530300

Job Announcement Number: EC-11B-17-IS-INT-1818458-BU