Physical Therapy Assistant Job in Biloxi, Mississippi – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Physical Therapy Assistant – Biloxi, Mississippi
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 439598
Start Date: 04/14/2021
End Date: 05/04/2021

Qualification Summary
Basic Requirements:
Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States (U.S.). Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7407(a).
Education. Individuals must meet at least one of the requirements below:
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 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 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.
(1) 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. (e) Failure to Obtain Licensure. In all cases, non-licensed PTAs must actively pursue meeting requirements for licensure starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the non-licensed PTA with the written requirements for licensure, including the time by which the license must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to obtain licensure during this time period may result in termination of employment.
English Language Proficiency. PTA candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grandfathering Provision Please carefully review the qualification standard to determine the specific education and/or licensure/certification/ registration requirements that apply to this occupation. Employees may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. Employees in an occupation requiring a licensure/certification/registration only at higher grade levels must meet the licensure/certification/registration requirement before they can be promoted to those higher-grade levels.
Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of this standard. Employees who are converted to title 38 hybrid status under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. All individuals employed in VHA in this occupational series [or in another occupational series performing the duties as described in the qualification standard] on the effective date of the qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the grade held, including positive education and licensure/trademark/registration/certification. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: Preferred Experience:Self-starter Must be willing to work in multi-disciplinary team environment Willing to learn and become the best clinician you can be, Be willing to be mentored Have experience with medical rehabilitation Demonstrate dependability and customer care ethic Grade Determinations:
GS-05 PTA: Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-6-PTA: Experience. One year of creditable experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade. In addition to the basic requirements, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs 1. Knowledge of evidence based physical therapy practice. 2. Ability to perform] physical therapy data collection and use of objective measures in order to carry out patient plan of care. 3. Ability to modify treatment approaches, within the scope of the established treatment plans, to reflect patients’ changing needs. 4. Skill in promoting physical therapy services by providing training and interventions within the assigned areas. GS-7 PTA: Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade
In addition to the basic requirements, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to perform in depth chart review to implement treatment plans. 2. Ability to independently use objective measures to assess progress, in accordance with the plan of care for complex patient cases. 3. Knowledge of contemporary physical therapy practice. 4. Ability to consult with the PT to assess progress, modify treatment and set discharge plan. GS-8 PTA: Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade
In addition to the basic requirements, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to independently implement treatment plan using knowledge of techniques related to the patient’s disability and needs. 2. 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.). 3. 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. 4. Ability to instruct patient on varied interventions to provide materials to enhance compliance with home programs. Ability to modify treatment techniques based on the learning needs and perceptions of the patient.
5. Ability to identify critical changes (e.g. vital signs, pain, mobility and alertness) in patient conditions to determine their medical and functional status.
6. 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 5005/139 PART II APPENDIX G23 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS5 to GS8.

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