Physical Therapy Assistant (Pta)

Department Of Veterans Affairs Charlotte , NC 28201

Posted 3 months ago

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The Physical Therapy 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, but must be able to carry out a general treatment plan without the direct involvement of a Physical Therapist.

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Staff Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) serves as an active team member in a comprehensive rehabilitation program; performs patient care in both the acute care and outpatient settings at the Salisbury VAMC and the Salisbury VAMC Health Care Clinic in Charlotte, NC. Assignments include: such as geriatrics, amputee, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and orthopedics. The PTA provides physical therapy to patients to assist with the healing of a muscle-skeletal condition. This physical therapy will include (1) physical assessment and treatment of patients. (2) Works directly under direct supervision of the Physical Therapist; assist in the training of other Physical Therapy Assistant students. (3) The implementation of patient care programs in accordance with the SVAMC Rehabilitation Service Plan of Care. The Physical Therapist Assistant will work closely with other staff from multiple disciplines and specialties within the VA Medical Center, as well as with patients and their families to provide a cohesive and cooperative approach to patient care.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. May include weekend rotation on a rotational basis.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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    0636 Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • 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


Basic requirements:

  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

  • 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).

  • English Language Proficiency. PTAs must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience: Would prefer candidate to possess 3 years of experience in an out-patient setting, including experience with treating patients pre/post orthopedic surgery, neuromuscular/balance disorders, and musculoskeletal diagnoses such as chronic low back, neck and knee pain.

Grade Requirements:

(a) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level GS-6. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities GS-6:

  • Knowledge of evidence based physical therapy practice.

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

  • 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.

Assignment. Employees at this grade level serve as staff PTAs receiving little to no guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and require general supervision by the treating physical therapist.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities at the GS-7 level:

  • 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

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

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


Employees at this grade level serve as staff PTAs. This is the full performance level for the PTA. Assignments include: service as an active team member in a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program such as geriatrics, amputee, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac rehabilitation, aquatics, orthopedics, or wound care, etc.; prepare, provide, and supervise clinical training experiences for PTA students; and independently provide patient education to patients and their caregivers.

References: Physical Therapist Assistant Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G23 dated march 17, 2006.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-7.

Physical Requirements:
Transporting patients, assisting in treatments, storing linens, lifting, carrying, straight pulling, pulling hand over hand, pushing, reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, climbing, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4.


IMPORTANT: 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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Physical Therapy Assistant (Pta)

Department Of Veterans Affairs