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The primary purpose of this position is to provide examination, evaluation, diagnosis/assessment, treatment, evidence based intervention and medical management.
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- Select, fit and establish effective use of and/or training in procurement of appropriate adaptive equipment for normal activities of daily living. Provide services to individuals with physical impairments
- Educate/counsel individuals regarding physical functional limitations in work, sport or activities of daily living. Maintain clinical documentation to include reports of diagnostic evaluation
- May supervise physical therapist, physical therapy assistants and aides, and physical medicine journeyman and craftsman. Perform research to validate current practice standards and/or implement pre-established professional practice standards
- Formulate training objectives, develops standards and general procedures for clinical supervision of physical therapy graduate students IAW APTA clinical performance instruction (CPI) guidelines during student clinical affiliations
- Direct and coordinate with staff in designing ad conducting specialized research/case studies to further professional knowledge, operations and enhancements within physical therapy career-field
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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- Massage Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Therapists, Massage
- Therapists, Physical
Conditions of Employment
- Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
- Total salary varies depending on location of position
- PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
- Recruitment incentives may be authorized
- Position may be subject to random drug testing
- Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
- Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
- Employee must maintain current certifications
- A security clearance may be required
- Disclosure of Political Appointments
- Per National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of fiscal year (FY) 2017. Section 1111 modifies 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) 3326; Veterans who are retiring within 180 days of appointment effective date may require a 180 day waiver package
- This position is subject to provisions of the DOD Priority Placement Program
Education: A graduate or higher level degree that included:A physical therapy curriculum approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or a professional accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained; and
Completion of the clinical requirements prescribed by the school.Adds Licensure: For all grade levels and positions, applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physical Therapist from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States; and must have passed the national Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
For all grade levels and positions, applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physical Therapist from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States; and must have passed the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (external link) (FSBPT).
Applicants who have completed an approved graduate level curriculum and who subsequently completed additional graduate training in a specialized field of clinical practice designed to assure professional competence to practice in the specialty meet the requirements for GS-11. Additional information concerning specialty practice areas is available at the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) (external link) website.
Click on the following link to view the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Physical Therapist position:
In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements listed in the above link, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-09: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-07) or equivalent. Specialized experience includes: providing high quality professional care in conformance with Air Force and facility standards. Administers, manages, and is responsible for additional clinical/facility duties as delegated.
EDUCATION: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR a combination of education and experience.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-09) or equivalent. Specialized Experience is professional judgment in planning and carrying out a treatment program to meet complex treatment objectives. On the basis of their professional knowledge and experience, independently exercise originality in solving problems not covered by the guides and make adaptations and modifications of treatment plans and specific treatment activities and procedures without supervisory guidance or review to meet the complex and highly varying needs of the patients.
EDUCATION: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field OR a combination of education and experience.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-11) or equivalent. Specialized experience being responsible for a full range of physical therapy patient care, including comprehensive evaluations of patients using screening and diagnostic testing and associated administrative duties at the medical treatment facility(MTF). Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of physical therapy for the treatment or prevention of physical disability or disease. Physical therapists plan and carry out treatment utilizing therapeutic exercise, massage, and physical agents such as air, water, electricity, sound, and radiant energy.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.
To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
NOTE: "Employees currently assigned to positions in this occupational series as of September 2017 will be considered to have met the basic requirements for the position occupied."
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge and skill obtained through years of professional training coupled with extensive clinical experience examining, evaluating, diagnosing, and treating through advanced clinical techniques both neurological and orthopedic musculoskeletal impairments in patients with functional and complex physical limitations.
2. Knowledge of the etiology and manifestations of the full range of organic and functional physical disorders and their complications (to include but not limited to physical, mental, emotional, social, educational, and vocational problems) contributing to the overall impairment and applying anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles to address the overall physical dysfunction.
3. Knowledge of contemporary rehabilitation theories, clinical research methodologies and current manual therapy techniques applying evidence based reasoning to properly develop a sound and effective therapeutic treatment program and/or research platform. Applying the principals and practice of counseling, instructing patients with physical impairments and disorders on therapeutic prognosis and expected outcomes while integrating their family members to enhance and support these outcomes.
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