Physical Therapist (Home Based Primary Care)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Tacoma, WA

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"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

  • Abraham Lincoln

VACANCY ID: 733240

POSITION TITLE: Physical Therapist (Home Based Primary Care) GS-0633-09/11

1. A Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.

2. Reimbursement of moving expenses is NOT authorized.

3. This announcement is open until filled. Cut off dates every 2nd
and 4th Friday beginning October 26, 2012 . Interested applicants are
encouraged to apply early for best consideration .

4. Salary will be set by a compensation panel based on education and

This is a bargaining unit position


Background and/or Security Investigation required

Must pass pre-employment physical examination

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required

The individual selected for this position will be traveling in and around Lakewood, Tacoma, Lacey, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, and Federal Way.

The primary purpose of the work in this position is direct patient care. The Physical Therapist in Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) has the sole responsibility for the physical therapy needs of the home care patient. The HBPC Therapist works with autonomy and independently plans and develops treatment programs for individual patients in their homes. The therapist demonstrates the ability to apply advanced physical therapy knowledge, theories and techniques to Veterans of all ages with complex medical and rehabilitation problems in the Home Based Primary Care Program. The HBPC Physical Therapist serves as the Rehabilitation therapy liaison to the interdisciplinary HBPC team. The therapist applies advanced clinical skills to address patients with complex neurological, medical or orthopedic rehabilitation needs, and is able to apply this expertise to the geriatric population. Goals of treatment are to evaluate physical functioning; recommend appropriate placement or discharge plans; restore, and enhance performance and potential for independent living; maximize function within their lifestyle; and aid in the adjustment and understanding of disability. Involved with the care of Veterans and authorized non-Veterans ages 17 and older.

Basic Requirements:
Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States

Education: Graduation from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

License: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Specialized Experience: GS-9 Staff Physical Therapist: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of post degree progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-7) or a master’s degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. GS-11 Physical Therapist: 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 (GS-9); 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.

Foreign Education Requirements: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

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