Occupational Therapy Assistant - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Occupational Therapy Assistant


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Job Description

 

The role of an occupational therapy assistant is to work with an occupational therapist to assist their patients in developing and recovering activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, driving and working.

Employment opportunities for this career are projected to increase 41 percent faster than the average growth rate of other occupations.

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Responsibilities

 

Occupational therapy assistants work with assistants to carry out activities, and work with clients to perform exercises based on a treatment plan that is devised through collaboration with an occupational therapist.

The occupational therapy assistant is responsible for monitoring their patient’s activities to make sure they are performing the tasks correctly, and to provide encouragement.

They document their patients’ progress for use by the occupational therapist. If the treatment regimen is not effective or the patient is not progressing as expected, the treatment program may be adjusted by the occupational therapist.

This revision of the treatment plan is usually done in the hopes that better results will be obtained. Occupational therapy assistants are also responsible for documenting the billing of the client’s health insurance provider.

There are a number of tasks occupational therapy assistants can handle and many specialty areas. Depending on the area of focus they are responsible for:

  • Working with children

  • Assisting children to master typical childhood activities

  • Helping children with learning, playing and growing

  • Working with students who have learning disabilities

  • Assisting students with behavioral problems

  • Assisting children with disabilities, such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy

  • Assist in the recovery from traumatic injuries

  • Work with stroke victims

  • Assist patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and their families

  • Working with patients suffering with mental health problems and their families

  • Assisting patients of all ages in learning or relearning activities of daily living

  • Helping patients learn the skills needed for a specific occupation

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Skills

 

Physical Endurance

Must be able to be physical for many hours to help their patients as needed. They must be able to bend, twist, lift, crouch, kneel, push/pull, and the agility to move quickly and ensure patient safety.

Record Keeping

Must be able to collect and integrate patient histories to solve problems and develop treatments.

Emotional Stability

Must be able to handle the emotional stress of working with impaired patients in need of compassionate health care.

Multitasking

The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Interpersonal

Must be able to interact with patients and their families regardless of background.

Reasoning

Must be able to apply facts and principles to issues to determine conclusions and solve problems. They must use knowledge and logic to find patters in injuries and determine causes and provide solutions.

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas to gauge patient's issues and convey to them the best path to treatment.

Empathy

Must be compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Patience

They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time. They also must help their clients have patience--especially if they are trying to overcome a difficult injury.

Problem Solving

Must be able to use knowledge to gauge issues and determine the best route to autonomy.

Dexterity

Must work well with your hands and be nimble. You will be put in situations where physical therapy is a must.

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Working Conditions

 

Occupational therapy assistants can find employment opportunities in private offices of occupational therapists, in hospitals, in nursing care facilities and in assisted living centers.

The nature of the work done by occupational therapy assistants require they spend much of their time on their feet during the day. They are generally busy setting up equipment and/or working with their patients.

The typical work schedules of occupational therapy assistants may include evening assignments and weekend hours.

This will depend on the facility and whether the occupational therapy assistant is a full-time or a part-time employee.

Many health care facilities and outpatient therapy centers offer evening and weekend hours in order to accommodate their patients’ personal schedules.

 

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Salary Outlook

Resources

 

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Title Company Location Posted
10.14.2019
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Rehab Under general supervision by a licenses therapist, the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant will assist in providing the appropriate aspects of quality patient care by the implementation and...
10.14.2019
With direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, the COTA administers optimal patient care by planning, organizing, and implementing an occupational therapy program including assessment, evaluation, documentation and treatment....
10.16.2019
A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) administers occupational therapy to patients on an intermittent basis in their place of residence. This is performed in accordance with physician orders and plan of care under the direction and...
10.14.2019
Licensed in IL as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. Provides Occupational Therapy treatments, under the supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist. PRN status 7/10/19
10.16.2019
Occupational Therapy Assistant Broughton Hospital is currently accepting applications for an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Our 24-hour in-patient psychiatric facility serves adolescent, adult, deaf and geriatric patients. The primary...
08.23.2019
Position Summary The Registered Occupational Therapist provides patient care based upon a total assessment and written evaluation that is appropriate for the patients need and medical condition and provides such care in compliance with the...
10.16.2019
Implements Occupational Therapy services/treatments for patients under the supervision of an Licensed Occupational Therapist. Maintains appropriate documentation. Job Requirements Associates degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant requited....
10.09.2019
Provides occupational therapy services on the adult inpatient psychiatric unit. A minimum of an Associate's degree from an accredited school of OT, one year psych experience and valid COTA MA license.
05.17.2019
Works under supervision of Occupational Therapist to provide occupational therapy services to patients as ordered by a physician, consistent with hospital policies and procedures, standards of practice, and regulations as directed by the Rehab...
10.16.2019
This is a Repost; Previous applicants are still being considered and do not have to reapply. Cherry Hospital A Place of Hope, Care, and Recovery This skilled position works under the direction of an Occupational Therapist in planning,...
10.16.2019
JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: Under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist, schedules, plans and delivers prescribed occupational therapy treatments, services and home instruction to patients in such areas as daily living, functional...
05.07.2019
The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants are responsible for direct patient care, treating a variety of individuals based upon setting, and according to the plan of care established by the Occupational Therapist. The successful candidate...
10.14.2019
Welcome page Returning Candidate? Log back in! Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Future Need Posted Date 2 years ago(10/6/2017 11:16 AM) Job ID 2017-4273 Type Flex Location US-SC-Murrells Inlet Shift Rotating...
09.28.2018
This person is expected to treat patients under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist and will report to the Director of Rehab.
10.03.2019
Works independently to provide occupational therapy evaluations and therapy services to patients as ordered by a physician, consistent with hospital policies and procedures, standards of practice, and regulations as directed by the Rehab Director...
  1. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Plentywood, MT Sheridan Memorial Hospital
    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Rehab Under general supervision by a licenses therapist, the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant will assist in providing the appropriate aspects of quality patient care by the implementation and...
  2. Occupational Therapist;Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Newberry, SC Newberry County Memorial Hospital
    With direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, the COTA administers optimal patient care by planning, organizing, and implementing an occupational therapy program including assessment, evaluation, documentation and treatment....
  3. PRN Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
    A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) administers occupational therapy to patients on an intermittent basis in their place of residence. This is performed in accordance with physician orders and plan of care under the direction and...
  4. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - PRN Olney, IL Carle Richland Memorial Hospital
    Licensed in IL as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. Provides Occupational Therapy treatments, under the supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist. PRN status 7/10/19
  5. Occupational Therapy Assistant - Broughton Hospital Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    Occupational Therapy Assistant Broughton Hospital is currently accepting applications for an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Our 24-hour in-patient psychiatric facility serves adolescent, adult, deaf and geriatric patients. The primary...
  6. Occupational Therapist - Occupational Therapy Lawton, OK Southwestern Medical Center
    Position Summary The Registered Occupational Therapist provides patient care based upon a total assessment and written evaluation that is appropriate for the patients need and medical condition and provides such care in compliance with the...
  7. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASST: WEEKENDS Enid, OK St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
    Implements Occupational Therapy services/treatments for patients under the supervision of an Licensed Occupational Therapist. Maintains appropriate documentation. Job Requirements Associates degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant requited....
  8. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Newburyport, MA Anna Jaques Hospital
    Provides occupational therapy services on the adult inpatient psychiatric unit. A minimum of an Associate's degree from an accredited school of OT, one year psych experience and valid COTA MA license.
  9. Occupational Therapy Assistant (Occupational Therapy - Rehab Services - PRN) Statesville, NC Iredell Health System
    Works under supervision of Occupational Therapist to provide occupational therapy services to patients as ordered by a physician, consistent with hospital policies and procedures, standards of practice, and regulations as directed by the Rehab...
  10. Occupational Therapy Assistant Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    This is a Repost; Previous applicants are still being considered and do not have to reapply. Cherry Hospital A Place of Hope, Care, and Recovery This skilled position works under the direction of an Occupational Therapist in planning,...
  11. COTA, PRN - Occupational Therapy Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: Under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist, schedules, plans and delivers prescribed occupational therapy treatments, services and home instruction to patients in such areas as daily living, functional...
  12. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (Casual) Hillsboro Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants are responsible for direct patient care, treating a variety of individuals based upon setting, and according to the plan of care established by the Occupational Therapist. The successful candidate...
  13. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Future Need Myrtle Beach, SC Tidelands Health
    Welcome page Returning Candidate? Log back in! Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Future Need Posted Date 2 years ago(10/6/2017 11:16 AM) Job ID 2017-4273 Type Flex Location US-SC-Murrells Inlet Shift Rotating...
  14. Occupational Therapy Assistant (PRN) Denison, IA Crawford County Memorial Hospital
    This person is expected to treat patients under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist and will report to the Director of Rehab.
  15. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST (Rehab Services - Occupational Therapy - PRN) Statesville, NC Iredell Health System
    Works independently to provide occupational therapy evaluations and therapy services to patients as ordered by a physician, consistent with hospital policies and procedures, standards of practice, and regulations as directed by the Rehab Director...