Veteran Health Administration Physical Therapy Assistant in Abilene, Texas

Announcement Number: VHA-519-16-NR1752248mhr-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Abilene, TX

Open Period: 2016-07-14 to 2016-09-30

OverviewWho May Apply

United States Citizens

Appointment Duration

Excepted Service Permanent

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1752248 (Include # on all documents)

Job Summary

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.

The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, with a Veteran population of approximately 57,000. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

Big Spring, "The Crossroads of West Texas" is home of the newly restored historic "Settles Hotel", "The Spring", and home of the National Championship Howard College Hawks Basketball and Baseball teams. With a growing economy, our city has many new businesses locating in the area offering more shopping and family orientated attractions. Big Spring is centrally located within driving range of the following communities 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.

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

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

DutiesMajor Duties

* Applications will be reviewed every 15 Calendar Days *

This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. The incumbent is a Physical Therapy Assistant in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service for the for The West Texas VA Health Care System Located at the Abilene Clinic in Abilene, TX. Primary duties consist of:

  • Providing therapeutic services including treatment, advisory and consultative functions to Veterans.

  • Providing direct patient care according to licensure limitations and guidelines.

  • Assisting in developing and implementing physical therapy treatments using judgment to modify treatment as a result of changing medical conditions.

  • Systematically and continuously review plans of care of Veterans with complex disabilities and, in conjunction with Physical Therapists, adapt and modify those plans, activities, and procedures.

  • Assist multidisciplinary medical teams in the coordination of patients overall treatment and discharge plans.

  • Evaluate and recommend need for equipment related to patient locomotion, mobility/stability, and safe home environment.

  • Submit and assist in formulating performance evaluations, materials for management briefings, and monthly staff meetings.

  • Coordinate supplies and equipment as assigned by the Supervisory Physical Therapist.

  • Supervise and instruct volunteers who work in or observe physical therapy as part of their prerequisites for admission to a Professional Health Care School.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday. 8:00am to 4:30pm. Some weekends maybe required.

Functional Statement: Physical Therapy Assistant #000000

RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION Incentive is not authorized.

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications


  • U.S. citizenship.

  • Education: Successful completion of an associate's 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 (CAPTE).

  • Experience: Appointment or promotion to the GS-6 level requires at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level characterized by working under direct supervision, but needing guidance by more experienced staff members only for more complex patient treatment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Knowledge of evidence based physical therapy practice.

  2. Knowledge of physical therapy data collection and ongoing assessment techniques in order to perform specified aspects of patient evaluation and interventions.

  3. Knowledge of basic biological and medical science to assess patient data; make a preliminary determination of their needs; develop treatment goals and objectives; and implement patient treatment plans.

  • Appointment or promotion to the GS-7 level requires at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level characterized by previous work in a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program where the candidate also provided patient education to the patient and caregivers. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to organize data, format that data into a presentation, and present information pertinent to patient care in formal or informal settings. Examples may include providing in-service training to staff or formal presentations to the treatment team.

  2. Knowledge of contemporary physical therapy practice. This may be demonstrated through continuing education courses, in-service training, or journal article reviews.

  3. Ability to independently implement selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.


References : Input applicable reference and links. For example: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G23, Physical Therapy Assistant QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ]


MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Appointment or promotion as a Physical Therapy Assistant at the GS-6 and GS-7 level requires successful completion of an associates degree from an accredited community college, junior college, or university in a Physical Therapy Assistant Education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

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: As a Physical Therapy Assistant you will be required to perform heavy lifting greater than 45 pounds, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers with both hands, frequent walking, standing, crawling, kneeling, repeated bending, climbing with legs and arms, operation of crane or motor vehicle, vision with ability to distinguish colors, and hearing with aid permitted.

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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of (IFM) ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package (including licensure if required). We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, incomplete uploads or fax transmissions.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Responses to Questionnaire are required to receive full consideration for eligibility for this position. Failure to respond to ALL questions in the questionnaire will result in you being ineligible for consideration.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

  • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:

  • Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

  • Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  • Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1752248. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

  • Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • CV or Resume.

  • VA Form 10-2850c - Applicationfor Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

  • Occupational Questionnaire

  • Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

  • If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible 1752248.

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.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

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.