Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist (Home Based Primary Care) in Dayton, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Dayton, OH
  • Springfield, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (341 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Dayton VA Medical Center is located on over 200 acres of land, including a National Cemetery. The Dayton VAMC is located in Montgomery County, which has a population of more than 500,000. The Dayton VA Medical Center is a multi-mission, complexity level 2 medical center and is comprised of over 2000 Federal employees, over 1000 volunteers, fee basis employees, WOC employees, contract employees, work studies, STEP, SCEP and TCF Interns.

The Dayton VA Medical Center has a strong affiliation with Wright State University Medical School. Attached to the Dayton VA Medical Center are geographically separated clinics including Community Based Outreach Clinics (CBOC) in Springfield, OH, Lima, OH, Middletown, OH, and Richmond, IN. They Dayton VA Medical Center along with these other assets serve veterans in West Central Ohio and the Richmond, Indiana region. The Dayton VAMC has sharing agreements with Wright Patterson Air Force Base and community health facilities.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1819957

OUR MISSION: 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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This vacancy announcement will be open until positions are filled.

*Salary Range for Springfield, OH: $60,360 - $78,467 per year. *

Salary Range for Dayton, OH: $63,900 - $79,443 per year.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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.


Two (2) vacancies exist for Physical Therapist (PT). Both positions will be located in Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) within the Primary care division of the VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. One Physical Therapist will work as a Float and the other will be assigned to the Springfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Springfield, Ohio. The Physical Therapists who works at this level provides assessment and treatment intervention on an independent basis across the continuum of care and services provided by HBPC. S/he is expected to carry out general duty assignments but primarily serves as a subject matter expert in a content specialty area of home care. Physical Therapist at this level are considered to be performing well beyond the full performance level. The principle responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to the following:

The PT spends the majority of his/her time working with patients in their home environment providing independent examination. In this function, the HBPC PT reports to the Lead Physical Therapist /HBPC program director.

The incumbent is responsible for planning and carrying out his/her assigned duties, resolving conflicts that arise, coordinating his/her work with others as indicated and interpreting policy on own initiative in terms of established objectives. Must fully demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology, and surgical procedures as they relate to human function. The principle responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.

  • Utilize appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide and direct patient care.

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

  • Serve as a consultant for healh care providers regarding the delivery of care within a specialized area of Physical Therapy.

  • Develop and coordinate clinical education programs with evidence of advanced experience in the area of clinical education.

  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with academic affiliates.

  • Knowledge of the Normative Model of Physical Therapy Education as it applies to PT and PT students.

  • Teach and mentor medical center staff as well as to guide and evaluate the work of a multi-disciplinary team in a specialized area of Physical Therapy.

  • Advanced skill to perform and interpret specialized evaluative procedures and tests in assigned specialty treatment area.

  • Documentation of annual completion of 15 continuing education units (CEUs) recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) or the appropriate licensing board.

Work Schedule:**1st Shift 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

*Functional Statement Title/#: Physical Therapist*

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit Application VA Form 10-2850c
  • Current permanent Federal employees must submit latest copy of SF50
  • Valid State Issued Driver's License required.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education. Degree: 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). 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) Web site, or at their office address: American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, 703-684-2782, or 800-999-2782.

  • Licensure. 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.

  • English Language Proficiency. PTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for appointment in paragraph 2, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates. This criteria is consistent with the two-grade interval structure for professional/scientific professions found in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G17.

GS-11 Physical Therapist

Education, Experience and Licensure. 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.

Demonstrated KSAOs

  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.

Assignments. Candidates must be licensed for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff PTs at this level are responsible for providing assessment and treatment intervention. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent physical therapy services in the assigned area. PTs at this level may be given general assignments in any physical therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole PT at a less complex facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

References: VA Handbook 5005/24, Part II, Appendix G12, Physical Therapist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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:Walking; 1 to 8 hours, Standing; 1 to 8 hours, Repeated bending; 1 to 8 hours, Sitting; 1 to 8 hours. Hearing aid permitted.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Salary Range: $60,360.00 to $79,443.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 452708400

Job Announcement Number: KO-17-GW-1819957-BU