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Occupational Therapist
Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Dublin, GA
Employment Type: Internship
Date Posted: 10/28/2020
Expire Date: 12/03/2020
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Human Resources, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Medical, Web Technology, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Occupational Therapist
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): [(1) The individual must meet at least one of the following requirements below: (a) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist; or (b) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of graduate education in a related field. or (c) Master's degree or higher in occupational therapy. 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; or (c) Master's Degree or higher in occupational therapy. (2) Individuals must be a graduate of] a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the ACOTE or predecessor organizations. This is inclusive of an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Foreign Graduates. Graduates] of foreign occupational therapy programs meet the requirements of subparagraph [3b(2)] if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license. 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. English Language Proficiency. Occupational Therapists must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. GS-11 Occupational Therapist :Education and Experience. (a) Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level and directly related to the position being filled. OR (b) Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field; OR (d) Doctorate in occupational therapy. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of occupational therapy practice Ability to administer/interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods of treatment. Ability to implement intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others. Skill in monitoring and individuals response to interventions and modify treatment plans and reevaluating as indicated. Ability to communicate and/or collaborate with patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals and/or other individuals verbally and in writing. Knowledge of health and safety regulations to minimize risk in the provision of patient care and the environment of care. Knowledge of applicable regulations governing documentation, reimbursement and workload entry in accordance with established professional practice. Assignment. OTs at this grade level practice independently and are responsible for the assessment of functional and occupational roles using standardized tools. The OT modifies standardized and non-standardized evaluation tools. OTs select and provide direct occupational therapy interventions and procedures with routine complexity to enhance safety, wellness, performance in activities of daily living (ADL); and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. Occupational therapists require guidance with higher complexity conditions. OTs demonstrate an understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas within VHA and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14 Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Lifting, walking standing; 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; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.
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