The tele rehabilitation physical therapist assistant position is located at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and is part of the Physical Therapy Department of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) in the VA Medical Center, Salem, Virginia. The Tele rehabilitation Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) is a licensed professional who is responsible for multiple duties. Basic Requirements: To qualify for appointment to this position, all applicants must possess the following: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Individuals must meet at least one of the requirements below: Associate 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. OR Graduate of foreign physical therapy assistant degree programs that meet the educational requirement and have successfully passed the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for PTAs. OR Graduate of military physical therapy assistant programs that meet the educational requirement and have successfully passed the NPTE for PTAs. Licensure: Current, full, active and unrestricted license as a PTA in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. Loss of Credential. A PTA who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements outlined above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Physical Therapy Assistant, GS-9 Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate one of the following: A minimum of 2000 hours of clinical practice directly in the specialty area, and completion of 60 contact hours of selected continuing education coursework. This time must be within the past five years; or Advanced Practice Proficiency (APP) in the specialty area recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); or An additional academic degree related to the health care mission. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the basic requirements, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to mentor other staff in advanced clinical guidelines and best practices. Ability to serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for healthcare providers in specialty practice areas regarding physical therapy care. Ability to present] advanced knowledge in the therapeutic interventions and clinical practice guidelines with the healthcare team. Ability to interpret and apply clinical practice guidelines. Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty) and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. PTAs at this level apply advanced practice skills to treat complex patients. PTAs possess an advanced level of clinical competence and serve as a SME in specialty practice areas. They serve as a subject matter expert in a rehabilitation program such as, but not limited to, geriatrics, amputee, brain injury, cardiac rehabilitation, orthopedics, neurological, safe patient handing, or any other functional debilitative conditions. They possess advanced practice skills and experience with a wide range of patient complexity. They apply advanced methodologies to a vast array of functional impairments and patients. They independently recommend and apply evidence-based treatment approaches within the plan of care. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G23; dated January 28, 2021 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-9. Physical Requirements: Work includes regular and recurring physical exertion, which involves standing, bending, kneeling, reaching, gripping, and walking. Moderate to heavy lifting (45lbs or greater) is often required. Sitting at meetings, desks, or computer terminals for documentation purposes is required. Visual acuity to perform daily documentation and work with clients. Mental and emotional stability to work with varied caseloads. ["The Telerehabilitation Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) is a licensed professional who is responsible for multiple duties. These duties include\n(a) providing treatment that promotes the prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical dysfunction. The PTA independently administers and monitors therapeutic interventions based on goals formulated by a Physical Therapist at the Salem VAMC, but must be able to carry out a specialized and/or general treatment plan through various multi-media platforms without the direct involvement of a Physical Therapist,\n(b) program development and system redesign specific to integration of telerehabilitation concepts into Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service,(c) teaching and facilitation regarding telerehabilitation to medical staff and trainees and(d) helping assist with remote examinations and reevaluations of musculoskeletal impairments through telerehabilitation platforms. The duties and responsibilities of this position can be carried out at the Staunton (CBOC) or Danville (CBOC). Correspondence with the evaluating Therapy team will be through video conferencing, Microsoft teams, telephone, VA Video Connect and occasional face to face meeting. He/she will be required to have extensive orthopedic physical therapy background, and be a self-motivator for this innovative program. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 7:45am to 4:30pm\nTelework: available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Physical Therapist Assistant (Telerehabilitation)\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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