Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapy Assistant in Abilene, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Abilene, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 7/14/2016 (102 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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

  • 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.

* 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.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


  • 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

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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: $36,025.00 to $52,043.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0636-06/07

Promotion Potential: 07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 444660500

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