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Physical Therapist
Department Of Veterans Affairs | Montrose, New York
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Job Description

* Duties

Help Duties Summary

The Physical Therapist (PT) will serve in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program which includes the Montrose or Castle Point Campuses, and any one of the 7 community based clinics (CBOCs) that represent the Hudson Valley Health Care System of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The PT will significantly contribute to the rehabilitation program to assure full compliance with Joint Commission, Long Term Care Survey, CARF, Professional standards, VA, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), HVHCS, Geriatrics Rehabilitation Medicine Extended Care (GRMEC) programs and program standards. Additionally, the PT will work in one or all of the following areas: Community Living Centers (CLC's), Domiciliary, Short Term Rehabilitation programming, Inpatient and Outpatient programs.

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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* The Physical Therapist (PT) will provide physical therapy intervention/programming for referred patients with various diseases and disabilities and all levels of complexity within the healthcare system.
* The PT will be responsible for a caseload of patients of which they will follow and provide therapeutic intervention to with goal setting and ongoing reassessments to be completed.
* The PT will also provide coverage on a rotational basis for the Community Living Center's on weekends and holidays, as needed.
* The PT may be required to work on a flexible schedule as determined by the facility.
* The PT will also need to be aware of the Minimum Data Sheet (MDS) tool and ability to assist peers with working to complete any, and all admission/quarterly assessments required for the rehabilitation department.
* The PT will be required to provide yearly educational in-service to his/her peers in the department.
* The PT will also maintain his/her state certification within the profession of Physical Therapy, as well as maintain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.
* The PT will also be involved in peer audits on documentation, in accordance with performance improvement and ongoing education improvement plans.
* The PT will provide training for patients, families and staff regarding activities of daily living, exercise, pro-active approaches to health and well-being, and use of prosthetic/orthotic devices.
* The PT participates in mentoring for Physical Therapy students and will also provide medical staff and visitors to the healthcare system education, as needed.
* The therapist will need to be competent in the use of computers, as well as, be able to provide good internal/external communication either via phone or email and adhere to the security of sensitive information.
* The PT will be required to work with many staff outside of his/her immediate service so communication and listening skills are imperative.
* The PT may be required to serve as a member on one of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams or other committees.
* The PT will be responsible to continue to work with peers to advance the Patient Centered Care philosophy here at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System.
* The PT will be responsible to assure patients are scheduled appropriately and that their clinic is neat/orderly and ready at the start of the day.
* The PT will be responsible for monitoring equipment cleanliness and equipment safety inspections are completed daily.
* The PT will perform all other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Incumbent may be expected to travel between the Montrose Campus, Castle Point Campus, and Outpatient Clinics as needed.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0633 Physical Therapist

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
* You may be required to serve a probationary period
* Subject to a background/security investigation
* Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* Must meet educational requirements.
* Must meet physical requirements.
* Must meet licensure requirements (hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy).


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.
* Education. The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below:

(1) Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist.


(2) Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist.


(3) Doctorate degree in physical therapy.

NOTE: Prior to 1995 the terminal degree for PT's was either a bachelors or master's degree. In 1995 CAPTE accredited all baccalaureate, master's, and Doctor of Physical Therapy terminal degree programs. Effective 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees(eliminating the baccalaureate degree). Effective 2015, professional physical therapy education programs have only offered the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students.

NOTE: 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.

(4) Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements in subparagraph 3b if they have a full unrestricted and current license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) is a non-profit organization created to assist the United States (U.S.) Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) and U.S. state licensing authorities by evaluating the credentials of Foreign Educated Physical Therapists (FEPTs) who wish to immigrate and work in the U.S. Although the licensing of physical therapists in the U.S. is a right and responsibility of each jurisdiction, foreign educated individuals must undergo an educational credentials assessment for substantial equivalency to the first professional degree in the US. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is committed to protect the public and to provide leadership within the field and practice of physical therapy. FSBPT's Foreign Educated Standards Committee has developed standards that represent "best practices" in evaluation services. The Credentials Evaluation Standards were developed with input from the physical therapy credentialing agencies that are licensed to use FSBPT's Coursework Tool.

* Licensure. Individuals hold a 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 licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.
* English Language Proficiency. Individuals appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Grade Determinations: GS-11 Physical Therapist (Entry)

Salary/Grade and Step:Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step (salary) of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Education, Experience and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements Note: 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/99, Part II, Appendix G12, Physical Therapist Qualification Standard, GS-0633

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 .

Physical Requirements: Pre-placement and periodic physical examinations are required for hybrid occupations to ensure workers are placed in positions where they can perform the essential functions of their job considering their physical, mental and emotional capacities, without endangering their health or the health of their co-workers.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

About Department Of Veterans Affairs

Company Description

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the nation’s largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system. We are responsible for providing care to more than 7.9 million Veterans and their family members, from those who served in World War II to those currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Meeting the needs of these individuals requires the efforts of nearly 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees working at more than 1,400 sites of care across the nation, all committed to providing our nation’s Veterans with the high-quality health care that they deserve.

Company History

For centuries, the tradition of providing care for the warrior has been a prominent feature of Native American culture. Serving those who served is also at the heart of VA’s mission, which makes Native Americans the ideal candidates for health care positions at VA. For Native American health care professionals at VA, a career caring for our nation’s Veterans is more than a job; it’s an extension of their heritage.

That’s why we are actively seeking Native American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health practitioners to help us achieve our mission of providing high-quality care to our nation’s Veterans. By incorporating their proud heritage with medicine, Native American health care professionals can make a positive impact not only on the lives of Native American Veterans but all Veterans.

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A career at VA allows employees to have unmatched control over their lives and career paths while performing a job that’s truly worthwhile. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. In return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care, they receive competitive salaries, superior benefits, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the nation. Our Veterans deserve only the best, and we take great pride in attracting and maintaining a superior workforce capable of providing the exceptional patient care for which we are known.