Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physical Therapist (Inpatient) in Orlando, Florida

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

Opened Thursday 8/25/2016 (63 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 8/24/2017 (301 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1785266


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?

Officially established in October 2006, the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes the following facilities; a 120-bed Community Living Center and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program (located at the Lake Nona Campus), Outpatient Clinics in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera and Daytona Beach and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Leesburg, and Orange City. Our new medical center is currently open for many outpatient services and will continue to open more services, including inpatient beds and an emergency department, throughout 2016. The new 65-acre medical campus has 134-inpatient beds and provides acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, and administrative and support services.

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.


The Physical Therapist's duties are under the direct leadership and supervision of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R;) Service supervisor and general direction from the Chief, PM&R; Service. This position is located in the Orlando VA Medical Center. The incumbent's primary function is direct patient care. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Incumbent plans, develops, and implements comprehensive, complex treatment programs for individual patients or groups of patients to relieve pain, restore or enhance performance, and maximize ability to function independently as possible.
  • For acute inpatient care that will involve performance of these responsibilities in the ICU, med/surgical wards, and or an inpatient treatment room.
  • Performs appropriate assessments, evaluations, and treatments for the prevention of physical disability, movement dysfunction, and pain resulting from injury, disease and/or disability.
  • Additional functions include the interpretation of tests and measurements to assess normal parameters of physiological functions as well as pathophysiological, pathomechanical, electrophysiological, ergonomic, and developmental deficits of bodily systems to determine diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention.
  • Also involves familiarity with ICU line, leads, and tubes as well as the interdisciplinary knowledge required to facilitate discharge planning upon initial evaluation which may include recommendations for placement and equipment needed. Works closely with social work, nursing, and the hospital/surgeon/primary provider .

Work Schedule: Tour of Duty: 8 am to 4:30pm but with multiple shifts which may include weekends NOTE: In order for the Orlando VA to provide excellent healthcare that improves Veteran health and well-being, VA employees may be required to work irregular tours of duty, including evenings, weekend and/or Holidays in order to conduct the VA's mission. Functional Statement Title: Staff Physical Therapist

The selectee may be required to work or travel between any of the locations within Corporate Orlando, including the new Lake Nona campus when it opens. The selectee may also be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis, based on patient care needs.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in similar positions within corporate Orlando. This includes the same grade level and occupational series, but may be used for a different service or location.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship -Citizen of the United States.

  • Education-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, , or . 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.

  • Licensure-Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. English Language Proficiency-PTs 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. GS-7 Staff Physical Therapist (a) Experience, Education and Licensure. None beyond basic requirements. Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) January 1, 2002 decision as shown in the note in paragraph 2. (b) Assignment. Employees at this level serve as a Staff PT in a PT career development position practicing under close supervision of a PT at or above the full-performance level. GS-9 Staff Physical Therapist (a) Education, Experience and Licensure. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of post degree progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade or a master's degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition, candidates must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) in subparagraph (b) below. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs) 1. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function. 2. Knowledge of and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to address human pathophysiology and dysfunction. 3. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professions. (c) Assignments. Candidates at this grade level serve as staff PTs in a career development position progressively expanding their ability to provide assessment and treatment interventions for a wider range of human function systems. PTs at this level require less direction and guidance, but practice under the direction of a PT at or above the full performance level. GS-11 Physical Therapist 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 to meeting the KSAOs described at the GS-9 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the KSAOs in subparagraph (b) below.(b) Demonstrated 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. Assignments Candidates must be licensed for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to beat 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). Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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: The physical requirements consist of: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 45 pounds and over; Walking for 8 hours; Standing for 8 hours; Repeating bending for 8 hours; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaegar 1 to 4; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotionally and Mentally Stable.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Applicants will receive (up to) four status updates during the course of this recruitment action. They are:

1) Receipt of application.

2) Whether or not you meet the eligibility/qualification requirements for the position.

3) Whether you were referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

4) Final disposition on the recruitment action (e.g., was the position filled, re-announced, etc.).

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire.

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Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

"Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."

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.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Salary Range: $66,281.00 to $86,166.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448571400

Job Announcement Number: ZY-16-DC-1785266-BU