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

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Title Company Location Posted
08.19.2019
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...
08.19.2019
Assistant Occupational Therapy Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2019-4601 Category Allied Health Position Type Part-Time Department Physical Rehabilitation Overview Norman Regional Health System has two acute care physical...
05.24.2019
Provides treatment for patients with physical, emotional, cognitive and/or psychosocial deficits which impact their abilities to successfully perform independent living skills. Job Responsibilities Implements an established treatment plan...
08.05.2019
The County of Riverside University Health System - Public Health department is currently recruiting to fill a vacancy for an Occupational Therapy Assistant position supporting the California Children's Services program. Primary responsibilities...
08.19.2019
Graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Licensed by the State of Ohio OT, PT, and Athletic Trainer Board. Previous experience in physical disabilities preferred. Incumbent will be providing direct or indirect care to...
08.19.2019
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...
08.19.2019
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
07.02.2019
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...
08.19.2019
Works under the supervision of an occupational therapist and carries out treatment programs established by the therapist. They implement a variety of occupational therapy services for patients with different injuries and diseases. These...
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...
08.19.2019
Under the supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist (pursuant to the laws of the state), the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) assists in patient evaluation, treatment planning and implementation. The COTA: provides goal...
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...
08.19.2019
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...
08.19.2019
Halifax Health - Care at Home is seeking a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Summary The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant treats and/or trains pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients with physical or...
  1. Occupational Therapy Assistant Certified Bowling Green, KY Med Center Health
    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...
  2. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Plymouth, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
    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...
  3. Assistant Occupational Therapy Norman, OK Norman Regional Health System
    Assistant Occupational Therapy Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2019-4601 Category Allied Health Position Type Part-Time Department Physical Rehabilitation Overview Norman Regional Health System has two acute care physical...
  4. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT Owensboro, KY Owensboro Health
    Provides treatment for patients with physical, emotional, cognitive and/or psychosocial deficits which impact their abilities to successfully perform independent living skills. Job Responsibilities Implements an established treatment plan...
  5. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (PUBLIC HEALTH) Moreno Valley, CA Riverside University Health System
    The County of Riverside University Health System - Public Health department is currently recruiting to fill a vacancy for an Occupational Therapy Assistant position supporting the California Children's Services program. Primary responsibilities...
  6. Certified Occupational THerapy Assistant Concord Twp. , OH Lake Health
    Graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Licensed by the State of Ohio OT, PT, and Athletic Trainer Board. Previous experience in physical disabilities preferred. Incumbent will be providing direct or indirect care to...
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. 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...
  10. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant- Pediatrics Florence, SC McLeod Health
    Works under the supervision of an occupational therapist and carries out treatment programs established by the therapist. They implement a variety of occupational therapy services for patients with different injuries and diseases. These...
  11. 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...
  12. Occupational Therapy Assistant-(FT) Hospital Oklahoma City, OK Valir Health
    Under the supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist (pursuant to the laws of the state), the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) assists in patient evaluation, treatment planning and implementation. The COTA: provides goal...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA - Home Health Daytona Beach, FL Halifax Health
    Halifax Health - Care at Home is seeking a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Summary The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant treats and/or trains pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients with physical or...