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Physical Therapist (Clinical Specialist)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: North Chicago
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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This position is organizationally located in the Physical Therapy Section within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL.

A Physical Therapist-Pelvic Specialist who works at this level provides assessment and treatment interventions on an independent basis across the continuum of care and services provided by PM&R.

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Major Duties:

  • Serves as the subject matter expert for sports medicine and consultant to physical therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in this focus area.
  • Provides in-service and clinical training program as assigned by the Supervisor of the Physical Therapy Department.
  • Maintains timely data input utilizing care plans, initial assessments and/or specialty protocols as part of an ongoing process in coordination with other key interdisciplinary staff to provide effective patient care.
  • Possesses advanced knowledge and demonstrates expert clinical practice skills in providing assessments and treatment interventions across the continuum of care.
  • Reviews and interprets physicians' orders for accuracy and appropriateness.
  • Performs competent written documentation of initial examinations, progress notes and discharge summaries within the mandated timelines.
  • Participates in quality improvement (01) data collection as specified by the Supervisor of Physical Therapy or Chief, PM&R.

Work Schedule: Full-Time 7:30am-4:00pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions 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 process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


U.S. Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education and Experience: The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below (documentation required):

(1) Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist.

(2) Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist.

(3) Doctorate degree in physical therapy.

NOTE: Individuals must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited college or university. The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs. Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at www.apta.org.

Licensure: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Documentation required.

In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must meet the requirements list for the grade levels below.

GS-13 Level Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, must possess at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level and one of the following:

  1. Evidence of a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice directly in the specialty area. This time must be between the past two and five years; or

  2. Board Certification in the specialty area recognized by the ABPTS; or

  3. Completion of a fellowship program; or

  4. An additional advanced degree in a related field.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all the following KSAs:

  1. Advanced knowledge and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in a specialized treatment area of physical therapy.

  2. Ability to serve as a consultant and subject matter expert for health care providers regarding the delivery of care within a specialized content area of physical therapy.

  3. Ability to teach and mentor medical center staff in a specialized content area of physical therapy.

  4. Ability to guide the work of a multi-disciplinary team in a specialized content area of physical therapy.

  5. Advanced knowledge and expert skill to perform and interpret specialized procedures and tests in evaluating the treatment outcomes in the assigned specialty content area.

References: VA Handbook 5005/99 Part II Appendix G12.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this series is GS-12. The level in which this vacancy is recruiting is at level GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Pre-placement and periodic physical examinations are required to ensure workers are placed in positions where they can perform the essential function of their job considering their physical, mental and emotional capacities, without endangering their health or the health of their co-workers. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019


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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Waukegan , Physical Therapist (Clinical Specialist), Other , North Chicago, Illinois

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