Physical Therapist Clinical Specialist (Orthopedics & Neurology) - Aurora - job 746383

Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: 05/04/2021

City: Aurora, Colorado

Employment type: Full-time

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This Job Opportunity Announcement will be used to fill four (4) Physical Therapy, GS-0633-13 position with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System. Three (3) positions located at the Jewell Clinic, Aurora, CO and one (1) at Colorado Springs Outpatient Clinic.

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The duties of the position will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Physical Therapist receives patient caseload through referrals from medical providers. Evaluation includes but is not limited to chart review, medical history, functional tests and measures, pain scale, social needs, and rehabilitation potential, patient and therapy goals with time frames, using standard and non-standard measures to assess the level of patient function.

  • Physical Therapist develops and implements a treatment plan to meet the individual treatment needs. Treatment plan would be as described above.

  • Therapist keeps the medical team providers informed regarding outcomes of treatment through a variety of communication means.

  • Documents in CPRS for each patient by established policy including but not limited to: consult screening results, potential goals, expected outcomes in terms of function, and/or discharge summary including outcome of goals, as well as equipment provided and education given to patient and family.

  • Complies with requirements to maintain prosthetic equipment supplies, providing necessary documentation of equipment provided to patients and obtaining stock replacement of equipment issued.

  • Carries a full patient caseload, accepting new patient consults as referred by medical providers. Caseload will be outpatient Physical Therapy referrals. Other duties as assigned.

  • Considers age and developmental level, gender, education, cultural background and socioeconomic, medical and functional status when providing Physical Therapy services. Is aware of signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect and reports to the appropriate authorities. Therapy services will be provided to an adult population of patients.

  • The therapist' s level of responsibility in the physical therapy program is with complete independence and is responsible for maintaining high professional standards. The therapist displays courtesy, civility and constructive behavior, and expresses empathy for the legitimate needs and concerns of others. The therapist will meet the needs of customers while supporting the VA missions.

  • Incumbent is responsible to triage and manage consults received for Outpatient Physical Therapy on a rotating basis with fellow outpatient therapists on a need basis within the department.

  • Assists with monitoring and evaluation of clinically appropriate treatment programs with great autonomy as well as, the ability to provide professional oversight and consultation for staff therapists.

  • Handles phone calls from physician providers about individual patients, serves as a liaison with medical center providers, and manages the daily needs of staff/physician communication.

  • Participates in weekly meetings with the PT supervisor as appropriate.

  • Assists in physical therapy program development, outcome measures, and strategic planning for the department.

  • Participates in hospital sponsored accreditation activities, helping to prepare the department meet Joint Commission standards and other accreditation standards as needed.

  • Relays requests for resources and supplies to the Supervisor as needed.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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


Applicants 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

Citizenship. Candidates must be a citizen of the United States. After a determination is made that it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens, necessary personnel may be appointed on a temporary basis under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 without regard to the citizenship requirements of 38 U.S.C. 7402 or any other law prohibiting the employment of or payment of compensation to a person who is not a citizen of the United States. Candidates must meet all other requirements for the grade and position concerned.

Education and experience. The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below:

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

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

Doctorate degree in physical therapy.

NOTE: Prior to 1995 the terminal degree for PT's was either a bachelors or master's degree. In 1995 CAPTE accredited all baccalaureate, master's, and Doctor of Physical Therapy terminal degree programs. Effective 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees (eliminating the baccalaureate degree). Effective 2015, professional physical therapy education programs have only offered the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students.

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

Licensure. Individuals 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. Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT at the GS-11 grade level under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not-to-exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such PT provide care only under the supervision of a PT who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

English Language Proficiency. Individuals appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA must be proficient in written and spoken English. See Chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

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:

  • Specific clinical experience in manual therapy techniques related to treatment of chronic pain syndromes of the spine, acute injuries of the spine, myofascial pain syndromes, as well as orthopedic conditions.

  • Specific clinical experience in treatment of extremity problems in the shoulder, knees or ankles.

  • Specific clinical experience providing treatment for post-surgical orthopedic conditions including patients with lower extremity amputations.

  • Clinical experience with treatment of outpatients with such diagnoses as deconditioning from extended illness, CVA, MS, Parkinson's, Spinal Cord injury, Traumatic brain injury etc. who have rehabilitation needs.

  • Clinical experience with patients ranging from 18 to 80+ years.

  • Clinical experience has taken place within the past 3 years to be considered for this position.

  • Demonstrated ability to practice physical therapy with a high level of quality and independence.

  • Experience instructing clinical work of Physical Therapy Assistants and/or Physical Therapy Students.

  • Minimum 3 years' experience as a physical therapist in an outpatient clinic.

  • Direct experience with clinical and administrative operations specific to outpatient Physical Therapy at the Jewell clinic, Aurora and direct experience with clinical and administrative operations specific to outpatient Physical Therapy at the COS CBOC.

  • Board Certification in Orthopedics (OCS) for Jewell Clinic and Board Certified in Neuro Physical Therapy (NCS) at Colorado Springs.

Grade Determinations:

GS- 13 Physical Therapist (Clinical Specialist)

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

  • 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

  • Board Certification in the specialty area recognized by the ABPTS; OR

  • Completion of a fellowship program; OR

  • An additional advanced degree in a related field.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety. Clinical Specialists spend at least 25% or greater of their time working with specialized population(s) within their department. The individual is assigned responsibility for serving as the subject matter expert in the content specialty area and as a consultant to physical therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty area. Clinical Specialists have advanced knowledge and demonstrate expert clinical practice skills in providing assessment and treatment interventions across the continuum of care. Clinical specialists have advanced training in specialized technology related to their area of practice. He/she establishes and maintains contact with other health care providers involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis.

References: VA Handbook 5005/99 February 7, 2018 PART II APPENDIX G12

Physical Requirements. Pre-placement and periodic physical examinations are required for hybrid occupations to ensure workers are placed in positions where they can perform the essential functions 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: 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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