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Physical Therapist

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 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. Individuals must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited college or university. 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) at www.apta.org. Applicants must possess one of the following: Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Doctorate degree in physical therapy. License Full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth 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 at the GS-11 grade level under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not-to-exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such PT provide care only under the supervision of a PT who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. Preferred Experience: Strong mentoring skills and experience working with a multidisciplinary team. Experience in implementing new program(s) within a large healthcare system. Experience in developing and implementing patient education content, based on the most current evidence-based practice. Demonstrates a high level of practice using evidence-based principles involving patients who have complex illnesses. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation knowledge and/or experience. Experienced with delivery of Physical Therapy services via various Telehealth modalities, including, but not limited to VA Video Connect and Clinical Video Telehealth, including prosthetics issuance and education. Experienced with other clinically based technology and virtual environments. Experience providing clinical care across facilities (interfacility coverage). Grade Determinations: GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements. PTs at this level are responsible for providing assessment and treatment intervention. PTs plan and modify treatment based on a patient's response to intervention and/or change in medical condition. PTs at this level may be given general assignments in any physical therapy program area where advanced specialized knowledge is not required or may serve as the sole PT such as in an outpatient clinic. Licensed PTs may provide oversight and delegate patient care responsibilities to a Physical Therapist Assistant, and/or delegate non-patient care duties to non-licensed staff. PTs that are not licensed must practice under the close supervision of a licensed PT. GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level and hold a valid unrestricted state license. Examples of experience equivalent to GS-11 are as follows: skill in performing examinations and evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique psychosocial and environmental factors; ability to interpret findings from examination and evaluation, select appropriate test and measures, and integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations; and ability to determine physical therapy prognosis by incorporating examination findings with the patient's preferences in order to set clinically appropriate treatment goals, optimize outcomes and maximize functional independence. References: VA Handbook 5005/99, Part II, Appendix G12 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12 . Physical Requirements: Physically be able to perform heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over. Must have the use of: fingers, both hands required, both legs required (to include one prosthetic), vision as needed for driver's license, hearing (aid permitted), and mental and emotional stability. Employee must be able to perform reaching above shoulder, walking (up to 8 hrs.), standing (up to 8 hrs.). Must be able to negotiate multiple flights of steps while carrying a treatment bag.

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