Veterans Health Administration

Physical Therapy Assistant

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Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job English Language Proficiency. [PTA candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7403(f).] Education: Individuals must meet at least one of the requirements below: (1) [ ] Associate 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; OR (2) [Graduate of foreign physical therapy assistant degree programs that meet the educational requirement and have successfully passed the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for PTAs. OR (3) Graduate of military physical therapy assistant programs that meet the educational requirement and have successfully passed the NPTE for PTAs.] Licensure: Current, full, active and unrestricted license as a PTA in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. Exceptions for Non-Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. (a) Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the minimum qualification requirements, but who do not possess state licensure, may be appointed, pending licensure, as a graduate PTA on a full-time temporary appointment under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7401(a)(1)(B) and not to exceed two years in accordance with the timeframe in 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B). (b) Non-licensed individuals shall only provide care under the direct supervision of a licensed PTA or PT who meets all state regulatory requirements. (c) Non-licensed individuals may only be appointed at the entry level and may not be promoted/converted until licensure is obtained. (d) Temporary appointments of non-licensed PTAs may not be extended beyond two years or converted to a new temporary appointment. Preferred Experience: Experience and/or continuing education on treating amputee/prosthetic training, stroke/neuro, orthopedic, cardiac, and geriatric patients Experience identifying critical changes in patient conditions. Experience interacting with a multi-disciplinary team. (GS-08 level) 3 years of experience in rehab setting of Acute Rehab/subacute rehab/SNF. Grade Determinations: Experience: In addition to the basic requirements you must have the following experience: GS-05 (Entry Level) Experience - None beyond the basic requirements. GS-06 (Developmental Level) One year of creditable experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade. GS-07 (Developmental Level) One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade. GS-08 (Journey Level) One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's): In addition to the requirements listed above, candidates must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): GS-05 (Entry Level) None beyond the basic requirements. GS-06 (Developmental Level) I meet the following KSA's: (a) Knowledge of evidence based physical therapy practice. (b) [Ability to perform] physical therapy data collection and use of objective measures in order to carry out patient plan of care. (c) [Ability to modify treatment approaches, within the scope of the established treatment plans, to reflect patients' changing needs. (d) Skill in promoting physical therapy services by providing training and interventions within the assigned areas.] GS-07 (Developmental Level) I meet the following KSA's: (a) Ability to perform in depth chart review to implement treatment plans. (b) Ability to independently use objective measures to assess progress, in accordance with the plan of care for complex patient cases. ( c) Knowledge of contemporary physical therapy practice. (d) Ability to consult with the PT to assess progress, modify treatment and set discharge plan.] GS-08 (Journey Level) I meet the following KSA's: (a) Ability to independently implement treatment plan using knowledge of techniques related to the patient's disability and needs. (b) Ability to independently provide varied and multifaceted physical therapy interventions based on the established care plan (e.g., therapeutic exercise, balance, body mechanics, flexibility, strength, gait training, neuromotor development, physical agents, functional training, etc.). (c) Knowledge of physical therapy data collection and assessment techniques in order to perform specific interventions and to monitor and capture progress of the patient/client. (d) Ability to instruct patient on varied interventions to provide materials to enhance compliance with home programs. (e) Ability to modify treatment techniques based on the learning needs and perceptions of the patient. (f) Ability to identify critical changes (e.g. vital signs, pain, mobility and alertness) in patient conditions to determine their medical and functional status. (g) Ability to work with PTs and other interdisciplinary healthcare team members to evaluate patient information for planning, modifying and coordinating treatment programs and discharge planning. References: VA Handbook 5005 Appendix G23, Physical Therapy Assistant Qualification Standard GS-0636 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-05 to Gs-08. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds Light lifting, under 15 pounds Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds Light carrying, under 15 pounds Straight pulling ( 2 hours) Pushing (2 hours) Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers Both hands required Walking (4 hours) Standing (4 hours) Kneeling (2 hours) Repeated bending (6hours) Both legs required Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Both eyes required Depth perception Ability to distinguish basic colors Ability to distinguish shades of colors Hearing (aid permitted) Simple Grasping Fine manipulation-keyboarding Sitting 4 hours Twisting 4 hours

5 days ago

Dallas, Tx

Veterans Health Administration

Full Time

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