Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Description

Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Description

Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Overview

An occupational therapy assistant is a licensed medical professional who works with physical and occupational therapists to rehabilitate patients with physical and other limitations. Their job duties include helping to evaluate each client's physical abilities, implementing a long-term treatment program, and assisting the patient with therapeutic exercises to improve their condition. Occupational therapy assistants also create splints and provide assistive devices, instruct patients on how to use adaptive equipment in their everyday lives, document patient progress, and relay status updates to the therapist and other team members. Occupational therapy assistants must take continued education courses to maintain licensure as required by state law. They typically work in hospitals, therapy offices, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, skilled nursing care facilities, and schools.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Template

Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Summary

We’re hiring an empathetic, certified occupational therapy assistant to implement our life-changing treatment programs. You’ll help occupational therapists assess each client’s limitations, implement specialized treatment plans, and keep clients motivated and safe as they complete their recommended therapeutic activities. This role is perfect for someone who loves to help, has superb listening skills, and is incredibly patient. Job seekers should have knowledge in a variety of treatment areas and licensure from an accredited program. If you’re looking to learn from a dynamic team that prides itself on patient-centered care and excellence, look no further. Start your application today!

Location

Ashburn, VA

Occupational Therapy Assistant Responsibilities

  • Work with the occupational therapist to determine patients’ current physical capacities and limitations
  • Help the occupational therapist create and implement specialized, long-term treatment plans that will lessen symptoms, address learning disabilities, improve health, and provide a sense of self-sufficiency
  • Complete therapeutic activities with patients to improve motor skills, balance, range of motion, or other physical capabilities
  • Give patients appropriate assistive devices and adapt devices as needed, including fabricated splints, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes, to ensure patient comfort
  • Teach patients how to use their adaptive equipment to complete necessary living skills at home or in their work environment
  • Document client information for each appointment and fill out health insurance and company-required paperwork in a timely manner to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Relay relevant observations about the client’s progress to the physical therapist and work with other team members to ensure the patient continues to improve and has a satisfactory experience

Occupational Therapy Assistant Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Associate’s degree in an ACOTE-accredited occupational therapy assistant program is required
  • 1 year of experience as an occupational therapy aide or assistant role preferred
  • COTA licensure by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
  • Good physical stamina to stand for long periods of time and to kneel and crouch when necessary
  • Be able to lift at least 100 pounds
  • Great listening, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Basic computer skills to record patient data in a digital format

Occupational Therapy Assistant Compensation

$29.17 / hour (National Average)

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