Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Successful completion of an associate's degree in
occupational therapy from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
  • English Language Proficiency - Individuals appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Preferred Experience:

    • ATP
    • 2 years experience with Assistive Technology
    • 2 years experience with Seating and Mobility for power and manual wheelchairs
    • 1 year experience with power and manual wheelchair repairs

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met:

    GS-7: Education and Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, one year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-6). Employees at this grade level serve as staff OTAs. This is the full performance level for the OTA requiring routine and less frequent supervision. Assignments include: supervising OTA students, and overseeing their clinical training experiences at the technical level of education; providing department in-service training; and providing caregiver and home management training to patients and families. OTAs at this level receive minimum guidance from the occupational therapist.
    The following KSAs are required:
    1. Ability to utilize more complex therapeutic techniques and interventions, utilizing problem-solving skills, to maximize patient's functional status.
    2. Ability to modify and adapt therapeutic interventions for simple and complex cases with a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities.
    3. Ability to identify and recommend complex adaptive and assistive devices and durable medical equipment.

    References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G22, Occupational Therapy Assistant Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    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.

    Physical Requirements:

    Occupational Therapy is considered a vocation that requires "medium" strength. Medium work entails exerting 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

    Occupational Therapy requires good manual dexterity to manipulate tools and equipment with activities such as: 1) Operating all aspects of a computer 0-keyboarding, mouse and control buttons; 2) Demonstrating the use of all aspects of adaptive equipment of patient teaching; 3) Assembling equipment with the use of hand tools such as screwdriver or pliers.

    Heavy lifting and carrying 45 pounds and over; Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking and Standing for four hours, Repeated bending, Hearing (aid permitted), Works with electrical energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, moving objects or vehicles, works with hands in water, works closely with others, protracted or irregular hours of work.




    Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


    NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.  For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.