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
04.24.2019
Under the direction of the Occupational Therapist plans, organizes, and conducts occupational therapy programs in a variety of sensorimotor, educational, recreational, and social activities designed to help patients regain physical or mental...
10.17.2017
MAIN FUNCTION: CARRIES OUT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PATIENT CARE PROGRAMS OR PORTIONS THEREOF, AS PLANNED AND DIRECTED BY THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST. POSITION WILL ROTATE BETWEEN TRANSITIONAL CARE UNIT AND ACUTE CARE. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: ASSOCIATES...
02.19.2019
Position Summary The Per Visit Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), under the direction of the Rehab Director/Manager provides therapy services planned, delegated and supervised by the qualified Occupational Therapist in accordance...
02.19.2019
Job Code: 4741 Facility: Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg SC Department: Home Health Agency (2638400) - Full-Time - 8:30am - 5:00 pm - Days - Associate Degree Required - SC Medical License Salary: Job Grade B Position...
04.24.2019
The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant is primarily responsible for direct patient care as outlined in a patients treatment plan established by the occupational therapist. Additional job duties may include assisting the supervisor and...
03.25.2019
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...
01.24.2019
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.
04.12.2019
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...
04.24.2019
Pen Bay Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Pen Bay Medical Center/Occupational Therapy Acute Std Hrs/Wk: Per Diem Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: per diem Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
10.05.2017
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...
05.08.2018
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...
04.24.2019
Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) - Behavioral Health Occupational Therapy Services, Per Diem per diem Behavioral Health Occupational Therapy Services 35 Medical Center Parkway Augusta, Maine, 04330 United States MaineGeneral...
04.15.2019
- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST I - OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (REH000MB) Job Description OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST I - OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY-REH000MB Description The Rehab Service Department at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC is accepting...
04.24.2019
Job Number: 00132668 Location: Nampa, ID Organization Name: Saint Alphonsus Health System Facility: SAHS Nampa Campus Employment Type: Part time Shift: Day Shift Hours: 0 At Saint Alphonsus Health System, we are looking for people who...
04.24.2019
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...
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  2. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Plymouth, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
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  3. Occupational Therapy Assistant - PPV Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    Position Summary The Per Visit Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), under the direction of the Rehab Director/Manager provides therapy services planned, delegated and supervised by the qualified Occupational Therapist in accordance...
  4. Occupational Therapy Assistant - PPV Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    Job Code: 4741 Facility: Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg SC Department: Home Health Agency (2638400) - Full-Time - 8:30am - 5:00 pm - Days - Associate Degree Required - SC Medical License Salary: Job Grade B Position...
  5. Occupational Therapy Assistant/UKHC Lexington, KY UK HealthCare
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  6. Occupational Therapist - Occupational Therapy Lawton, OK Southwestern Medical Center
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  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant / COTA - Acute Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Pen Bay Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Pen Bay Medical Center/Occupational Therapy Acute Std Hrs/Wk: Per Diem Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: per diem Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
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  11. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (Casual) Waverly Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
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  12. Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) - Behavioral Health Occupational Therapy Services, Per Diem Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
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  13. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST I - OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
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  14. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) PRN Days Boise, ID Saint Alphonsus Health System
    Job Number: 00132668 Location: Nampa, ID Organization Name: Saint Alphonsus Health System Facility: SAHS Nampa Campus Employment Type: Part time Shift: Day Shift Hours: 0 At Saint Alphonsus Health System, we are looking for people who...
  15. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Future Need Myrtle Beach, SC Tidelands Health
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