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

Title Company Location Posted
11.22.2017
- Associates degree required - 1-2 years experience is required MAIN FUNCTION: CARRIES OUT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PATIENT CARE PROGRAMS OR PORTIONS THEREOF, AS PLANNED AND DIRECTED BY THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:...
08.06.2017
Provide occupational therapy services to patients/clients who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes; provide prevention and...
08.06.2017
Licensed in North Carolina to practice as Occupational Therapy assistant. Experience in acute care, home health and long term care preferred.
10.20.2017
- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT - ACUTE CARE (OT 004RT) Job Description OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT - ACUTE CARE-OT 004RT Description Position: Occupational Therapy Assistant Location: Chapel Hill / Main Hospital Hours: Days,...
11.01.2017
Provides ethical, safe and quality care for patients per standard of practice set forth in the American Occupational Therapy Association Code of Ethics and Guide for Professional Conduct as well as the State of Montana Occupational Therapy...
11.09.2017
University Health - Monroe, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services Evaluates task performance skills, plans and implements programs designed to restore the patient's abilities. Provides consultation to physicians and others regarding...
11.03.2017
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...
11.22.2017
Associate Degree Required Position Summary: The Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is an individual with appropriate education, training and licensure who provides assistance, instruction, supervision and specific treatment to patients...
06.30.2017
The occupational therapy assistant is responsible for conducting treatment programs established and designed by occupational therapists. This may include involvement with inpatients outpatients occupational health patients mental health patients...
11.17.2017
Req ID: 39957 Meets patients needs for Skilled Occupational Therapy Provided at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Hospital Based Outpatient Therapy Department, and Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Department at Abbott Northwestern...
11.17.2017
Req ID: 39957 Meets patients needs for Skilled Occupational Therapy Provided at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Hospital Based Outpatient Therapy Department, and Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Department at Abbott Northwestern...
11.22.2017
Welcome page Returning Candidate? Log back in! Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Future Need Posted Date 2 months ago Job ID 2017-4273 Type Flex (hrs vary depending position/dept) Location US-SC-Murrells Inlet Shift...
11.22.2017
East Alabama Medical Center is currently seeking a per diem Therapist to join our rehab team! This is an exciting opportunity for a Therapist to work in a growing healthcare facility. We are looking for someone that can grow the business even...
08.08.2017
Provide and/or assist in the provision of rehabilitative and developmental therapy and support services for ambulatory and/or inpatient clients of a specified patient care facility or clinical program. Facilitate the learning of skills and...
11.22.2017
- Occupational Therapist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Occupational Therapy (041888) Job Description Occupational Therapist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Occupational Therapy(Job Number: 041888) Description Primary Purpose: Evaluates,...
  1. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Plymouth, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
    - Associates degree required - 1-2 years experience is required MAIN FUNCTION: CARRIES OUT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PATIENT CARE PROGRAMS OR PORTIONS THEREOF, AS PLANNED AND DIRECTED BY THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:...
  2. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Oxford, NC Granville Health System
    Provide occupational therapy services to patients/clients who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes; provide prevention and...
  3. Occupational Therapy Assistant Oxford, NC Granville Health System
    Licensed in North Carolina to practice as Occupational Therapy assistant. Experience in acute care, home health and long term care preferred.
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  6. Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Shreveport, LA University Health System
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  8. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    Associate Degree Required Position Summary: The Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is an individual with appropriate education, training and licensure who provides assistance, instruction, supervision and specific treatment to patients...
  9. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (Casual) AGMC Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The occupational therapy assistant is responsible for conducting treatment programs established and designed by occupational therapists. This may include involvement with inpatients outpatients occupational health patients mental health patients...
  10. Occupational Therapy Assistant Per Diem Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 39957 Meets patients needs for Skilled Occupational Therapy Provided at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Hospital Based Outpatient Therapy Department, and Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Department at Abbott Northwestern...
  11. Occupational Therapy Assistant Per Diem Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 39957 Meets patients needs for Skilled Occupational Therapy Provided at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Hospital Based Outpatient Therapy Department, and Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Department at Abbott Northwestern...
  12. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Future Need Murrells Inlet, SC Tidelands Health
    Welcome page Returning Candidate? Log back in! Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Future Need Posted Date 2 months ago Job ID 2017-4273 Type Flex (hrs vary depending position/dept) Location US-SC-Murrells Inlet Shift...
  13. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant- Corporate Travel Therapy Opelika, AL East Alabama Medical Center
    East Alabama Medical Center is currently seeking a per diem Therapist to join our rehab team! This is an exciting opportunity for a Therapist to work in a growing healthcare facility. We are looking for someone that can grow the business even...
  14. CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASST - PER DIEM, Albuquerque, NM The University of New Mexico Hospitals
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  15. Occupational Therapist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Occupational Therapy Cincinnati, OH University of Cincinnati Medical Center
    - Occupational Therapist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Occupational Therapy (041888) Job Description Occupational Therapist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Occupational Therapy(Job Number: 041888) Description Primary Purpose: Evaluates,...