This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Education. (1) A bachelor's degree [or higher from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, with a concentration/emphasis in kinesiotherapy. OR (2) A bachelor's degree or higher with a concentration/emphasis in kinesiotherapy or exercise science related field and registered as a kinesiotherapist in good standing with the COPSKT. OR (3) A master's degree or higher with a degree in exercise science, kinesiology, human performance or a related field, which has been approved by COPSKT and a certificate verifying completion of a Center of Excellence (COE) Kinesiotherapy clinical training program. The completion of the certificate ensures that COPSKT has approved the degree program as part of the application process for the COE internship. NOTE: See Exception at paragraph 3e. Exception. Non-registered applicants at the GS-7 and GS-9 level who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for appointment, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate kinesiotherapist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(a)(1)(B). Pursuant to 38 U.S.C § 7405(c)(2)(B), the appointment cannot exceed two years if the non-registered applicant's registration is pending with the COPSKT. Applicants who fail to obtain registration during this temporary fulltime appointment must be terminated. For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be registered. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of a foreign program must meet the requirements in subparagraph 3b if they have a full unrestricted and current registration to practice kinesiotherapy in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. They must have at a minimum, proof of a degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credentialing evaluation company). Registration. All applicants must be registered in kinesiotherapy in good standing with the COPSKT. Failure to Obtain Registration. In all cases kinesiotherapists must actively pursue meeting registration starting from the date of appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor must provide the unregistered kinesiotherapist with a written requirement to obtain registration, the date by which the registration must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming registered by the deadline. Failure to become registered within two years from the date of appointment, will result in removal from the GS-0635, Kinesiotherapist series; and may result in termination of employment. Loss of Credential. Registered kinesiotherapists who fail to continue their registration in good standing, and maintain the required registration, must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment.] English Language Proficiency. Kinesiotherapist candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by [38 U.S.C. § 7403 (f). Grade Determinations: GS-07 Requirements (Entry Level): Specialized Experience: None Beyond Basic Requirements . GS-09 Requirements (Developmental): Specialized Experience/Education: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07)OR[Educational equivalent to] two full years of [progressively higher level] graduate education or a master's degree [from a university or college in the field of kinesiotherapy or an exercise science related field.] AND Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all the following KSA's: *Knowledge of policies and procedures of kinesiotherapy *Knowledge of assistive devices to make recommendations, including fit and function of assistive devices [with the ability to recognize appropriate prosthetic/orthotic devices for the patient. *Knowledge of evaluation and assessment tools] in applying therapeutic techniques *Skill in instructing patients and families in a [therapeutic] exercise program GS-11 Requirements: Specialized Experience/Education: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a degree in kinesiotherapy or an exercise science related field.} AND Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSA's: *Skill in communicating and coordinating with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process]. *Knowledge [of evidence-based kinesiotherapy to provide skilled rehabilitation interventions to] a wide variety of patients having diverse and multiple disabilities. *[Ability to conduct independent assessments using highly specialized evaluations and diagnostic tests.] *Knowledge of [learning principles, behavioral intervention, and innovational] techniques [for patient and caregiver education. * Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further - depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques *Ability to use clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in-depth specific assessment and/or continuation of treatment. References: VA Handbook 5005/Part II G21 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), Light lifting (under 15 pounds), Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over), Pushing (4 hours), Reaching above shoulders, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (4 hours), Standing (4 hours), Repeated bending (8 hours), Both legs required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Specific visual requirement, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (aid may be permitted) ["The Edward Hines Jr. Healthcare Network is committed to fostering and sustaining environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environment that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team towards a common goal to serve our nations Veterans. The position is located within Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service Line in the Kinesiology Department. Major Duties Listed but Not Limited to: Performs tests and measurements of muscles, range of motion, and ambulation using various means Provides education, consultation and advisory services to patients/family, physicians, health care staff in other units, other therapists and other health care personnel as needed. Plans and implements a comprehensive treatment plan designed to maximize the patients functional potential Evaluates patients for home assistive devices Includes the patient and caregiver in the decision-making process Instructs the patient, family/caregiver in home program that may include therapeutic interventions such as excercises, transfers, ambulation, skin car, safety precautions. Documents all evaluation, goals, patient/family education, progress and change in patients condition accurately and in a timely manner. Evaluates and orders any equipment needed by patient including ambulatory assistive devices Evaluates for and documents FIM rating and MDS as per joint commission/long term survey and CARF/Rehab mandates May be assigned other duties from time to time that are consistent with training and experience in Kineseiotherapy Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm with weekends and occasional holidays (work hours to be further discussed during interview)\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available EDRP Authorized: Contact Eva.Gennara@va.gov or VISN12EDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance, Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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