Company: Veterans Health Administration
Posted on: April 9, 2021
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: United States Citizenship:
Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to
recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education
and/or Experience: (a) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy
and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist. NOTE:
The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to
the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that the Accreditation Council
for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit
master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. OR (b)
Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of
graduate education in a related field. NOTE: The baccalaureate
degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January
1, 2005 decision that ACOTE would only accredit master or doctoral
degree programs in occupational therapy. OR Master's Degree or
higher in occupational therapy Certification: Candidates must
possess a current NBCOT certification as an OT State Licensure:
Candidates must possess a full, current, and unrestricted state
license , to practice occupational therapy in a state, territory or
Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the
District of Columbia. Exception for Graduate Occupational
Therapist. OT graduates from an approved occupational therapy
program who otherwise meet the minimum qualification requirements,
but who do not possess NBCOT certification and/or state licensure,
may be appointed, pending certification and/or licensure, as a
graduate OT on a full-time temporary appointment not-to-exceed two
years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. -- 7405(c)(2). Grade
GS-9: Education, Experience, or Licensure. None beyond the basic
requirements. GS-11: (1) Education, Experience, or Licensure. (a)
Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at least the
GS-9 grade level and directly related to the position being
(b) Three years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related
(c) Doctorate in occupational therapy.
(2) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In
addition to the [experience or education above, the candidate] must
demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.
(b) Ability to administer/interpret evaluation findings to develop
and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods of
(c) Ability to implement intervention plans directly or in
collaboration with others.
(d) Skill in monitoring an individual's response to interventions
and modify treatment plans and reevaluating as indicated.
(e) Ability to communicate and or collaborate with patients, family
members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals and/or other
individuals verbally and in writing.
(f) Knowledge of health and safety regulations to minimize risk in
the provision of patient care and the environment of care.
(g) Knowledge of applicable regulations governing documentation,
reimbursement and workload entry in accordance with established
professional practice. GS-12
Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one year of
experience equivalent to at the GS-11 grade level and directly
related to the position being filled.
Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the
candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge
of occupational therapy principles and techniques consistent with
current clinical standards based on OT theory and evidence based
practice. Knowledge is inclusive of physical, occupational,
cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits. (b) Ability to
collaborate and communicate orally and in writing with all internal
and external stakeholders.
(c) Ability to use critical analysis, clinical reasoning, and
creativity to independently solve complex problems related to
adapting and modifying assessments, treatment plans, activities and
procedures to meet the needs of patients.
(d) Skill in procuring, fabricating, adjusting, adapting, and
modifying orthoses, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities
of daily living (inclusive of durable medical equipment).
(e) Ability to conduct OT related in-service and clinical training.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14 Occupational
Therapist Qualification Standard The full performance level of this
vacancy is 12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be
selected for this vacancy is in the range of 9 to 12. Physical
Requirements: Per VA Directive and Handbook 5019 - a physical
examination will be conducted based on the physical requirements of
the position. A physical examination prior to placement is
required. Work includes regular and recurring physical exertion,
which involves standing, bending, kneeling, reaching, gripping, and
walking. Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; use of fingers, both
hands required; reaching above shoulder; walking (8 hours);
standing (8 hours); both legs required (1 prosthetic); far vision
correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability
to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of
colors; hearing (aid permitted), and mental and emotional
stability. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible
individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations,
able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete
annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or
testing, as a condition of employment.
Keywords: Veterans Health Administration, Modesto , Occupational Therapist, Healthcare , Modesto, California
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