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This series includes positions which involve professional work requiring the application of knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of physical education and rehabilitation therapy, using physical exercise to maintain the health or to achieve physical or mental rehabilitation of patients. Kinesiotherapists plan and carry out treatment in which they use or adapt various types of physical exercise, physical activities, and equipment. They evaluate patients for muscle strength, endurance, coordination, and balance; provide individual group instruction for physical reconditioning or for resocialization of patients; and devise adaptations of equipment to meet the specific needs of patients.
Degree: Kinesiotherapy, physical education, or physical therapy.
Applicants who have graduated from an approved curriculum and who subsequently completed a substantial program of clinical practice, e.g., 10 weeks, planned to assure professional competence to practice in the occupation may be rated eligible for GS-6, rather than GS-5.
Clinical practice presently consists of a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised experience in a Department of Veterans Affairs clinical training program, or in an equivalent training program in a clinical setting under a physician.
Use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions for this series in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.