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Physical Therapy Assistant

Department of Veterans Affairs

This is a Full-time position in Ann Arbor, MI posted May 14, 2021.

* VideosVideos* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryThis position is in the Physical Therapy Department of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) in the Ann Arbor VA Health System, a 1B level Medical Center. The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) provides treatment that promotes the prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical and psychosocial dysfunction. The PTA administers and monitors therapeutic interventions based on goals formulated by a Physical Therapist.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesThe duties and responsibilities of this position are carried out within the medical center including a variety clinical, administrative, and patient care areas such as acute care, Community Living Center, and outpatient areas.* Receives and interprets requests or instructions for procedures from the Physical Therapist. Plans and implements basic treatment programs and applies physical therapy procedures to patients under the supervision of a physical therapist. Consults with the licensed Physical Therapist regarding complex or special problem cases.* Independently develops therapeutic exercise regimens for physical therapy patients based on the assigning Physical Therapists evaluation and goals. Modifies exercises based on patients’ response.* Completes a review of patient data (including medical history). Assists in and renders a course of treatment based on the assessed needs of the patient, developing progressive types of physical therapy treatment programs. This is done in consultation with the physical therapist.* Assists therapist in development of a comprehensive specialized treatment plan that includes long- and short-term goals. Persuades and motivates Veterans and family members to participate in treatment plans and comply with indicated regimens and post-discharge activities. Interacts with the patient and family regarding goals for treatment.* Assists in the performance of, or independently performs treatment procedures. Utilizes the full range of modalities including, but not limited to, heat, cold, sound, electricity, and massage.* Administers complex therapeutic exercise programs, including to patients on supplemental oxygen.* Monitors patients’ vital signs response to interventions as indicated by the physical therapist and reports findings outside acceptable parameters to the physical therapist.* Fits, adjusts, and instructs patients in use of orthoses, prostheses, wheelchairs, and other mobility devices.* Instructs, motivates, and assists patients to learn and improve functional activities.* Prepares and maintains appropriate equipment and supplies required for these treatments.* Varies procedures or positions to adjust for veterans’ medical conditions.* Modifies intervention environment, tools, materials, and activities in response to each veteran’s response to treatment. With prior approval of the therapist, adapts the technical procedures and approaches involving new and unusual treatment and rehabilitation objectives to meet the individual veterans’ needs.* Modifies or adapts specialized treatment approaches within the scope of the established treatment plan to reflect the changing needs of the Veteran.* Prepares written and oral reports for the physical therapists and other professionals concerned with the patient’s care.* Completes all required computerized computer patient documentation.* Maintains a clean and safe work environment to include non-technical maintenance of equipment, safety checks, cleaning, stocking, etc.* Develops safe work habits to prevent injury to patients, co-workers, and self. Writes work orders and reports to Chief Physical Therapist the need for equipment or items necessary for patient treatment. Follows infection control and all other safety procedures.* Assists with the clinical education of student physical therapist assistants, and the supervision and training of volunteers, work students and other healthcare practitioners as assigned.* Attends all regularly scheduled department meetings. Presents in service program or journal club information as may be required.* Performs other related duties, or responsibilities as assigned to support the overall mission of the Physical Therapy department or the Medical Center.Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Schedule may vary as deemed necessary to meet the needs of the Veterans and the Medical Center. May be required to work some evenings and weekends for the purpose of special programs or volunteer recruitment.Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTravel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusNoPromotion Potential8* Job family (Series)0636 Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959* You may be required to serve a probationary period* Subject to a background/security investigation* Must be proficient in written and spoken English* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding processQualificationsApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.Basic Requirements:* United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.* Education. Successful completion of an 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 (CAPTE).May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements you must meet the below:GS-8 Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level & the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1. Ability to independently implement treatment plan using knowledge of techniques related to the patient’s disability and needs.2. Ability to independently provide varied and multifaceted physical therapy interventions based on the established care plan (e.g., therapeutic exercise, balance, body mechanics, flexibility, strength, gait training, neuromotor development, physical agents, functional training, etc.).3. Knowledge of physical therapy data collection and assessment techniques in order to perform specific interventions and to monitor and capture progress of the patient/client.4. Ability to instruct patient on varied interventions to provide materials to enhance compliance with home programs. Ability to modify treatment techniques based on the learning needs and perceptions of the patient.5. Ability to identify critical changes (e.g. vital signs, pain, mobility, and alertness) in patient conditions to determine their medical and functional status.6. Ability to work with PTs and other interdisciplinary healthcare team members to evaluate patient information for planning, modifying and coordinating treatment programs and discharge planning.May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).Preferred Experience: Experience in acute care and wound care.References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G23 Physical Therapy Assistant Qualification Standard.The full performance level of this vacancy is 8.Physical Requirements: Work includes regular and demanding physical exertion in standing, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, gripping, straight pulling and walking. Light lifting and carrying (under 15 pounds), moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds) and intermittent heavy lifting and carrying (45 pounds and over) is required to assist patients and operate equipment. Sitting is required in meetings and for documentation. Work requires the ability to use a keyboard to access, input and retrieve information using a computer or other electronic device. Work requires physical health, normal use of arms and legs, use of fingers, reaching above shoulders, and good visual and auditory acuity. Work requires mental and emotional stability and the ability to perform simultaneous rapid mental and muscular coordination. The PTA works closely with others, including staff members and patients. Work is performed in a clinic setting which is adequately lighted and heated.EducationIMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.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. For further information, visit:

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