Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist (Home Based Primary Care Program) in Big Spring, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Big Spring, TX
  • Odessa, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 5/27/2016 (146 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1715222

  • To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

  • The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS), Big Spring, Texas provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Comprehensive outpatient health care is provided in areas of medicine, mental health, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, prosthetics, audiology, laboratory/pathology, radiology, women's health, OEF/OIF/OND, Tele-Health, anticoagulation clinics, social work, ophthalmology, cardiopulmonary, pharmacy, and dentistry. A sanctioned Home Based Primary Care Program is in place. Inpatient care is provided in extended care, with referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 565 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico, a catchment area of 53,000 square miles. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network and VISN 17 with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton and Odessa, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico. Big Spring, Texas is centrally location on Interstate 20 and Hwy 87 just a few minutes away from Midland/Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene and Lubbock, Texas.

  • VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


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The West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, Texas is currently recruiting for the position of Physical Therapist for the Home Based Primary Care Program, serving the Midland/Odessa and Big Spring catchment area. The Physical Therapist functions in the role as independent clinician. Duties include examining Veterans with complex impairment, functional limitations, disabilities or other health conditions; determines Physical Therapy diagnosis, develop treatment plans with interventions and goals, educate patients/family and staff on an exercise and activity programs to improve physical functions and prevent injuries.

T*he clinical specialist will also serve as a mentor and provide guidance in their specialty area to other physical therapy staff. Additional duties include, but not limited to providing evaluation of home, recommending home modifications, and other adaptive equipment, including lift systems, if needed by specific patients; assists with guidance and direction of volunteers and completes various administrative tasks within the department. The duties and responsibilities of this position are carried out in patient homes.*

The role of the Home Based Primary Care Physical Therapist includes: participating in weekly Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) conferences; collaborating treatment plans with other disciplines; must understand and meet accreditation standards as presented in Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and/or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) manuals as the standards relate to rehabilitation disciplines.

Work Schedule:* Monday thru Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 p.m.*

Supervisor may change tour of duty hours depending on the needs of the service.


Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Within tour of Monday - Friday 8:00 am until 4:30 pm within the catchment area
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Position Description/Functional Statement # 000000


U.S. citizenship. Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.



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; 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. In addition to meeting the KSAOs described at the GS-9 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the KSAOs in subparagraph (b) below.

  1. Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.

  2. Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.

  3. Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.

  4. Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care.

  5. Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring standing, wlaking, bending, lifting and carrying of equipment (usually no more than 25 pounds). The work requires above average agility and dexterity. In other situations, there may be special requirements for agility or dexterility as exceptional hand/eye coordination. Driving will be required.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * 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. *

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over, Pushing, Use of fingers, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, 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, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Emotional Stability.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

Other Information

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Salary Range: $82,897.00 to $98,440.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 440408600

Job Announcement Number: VHA-519-NR-16-1715222BU-hhl