Occupational Therapy Assistant Jobs

Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Overview

According to Ginny Stoffel, president of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the role of occupational therapy professionals is to "help people overcome whatever barriers they have." This broad generalization encapsulates the large variety of tasks occupational therapists are called upon to perform in order to assist their patients. Some work with children with developmental issues; others work with the elderly to help them complete daily tasks for independent living.

The work environment can be as varied as a health care facility such as a hospital or rehabilitation facility to making home or school visits. In a hospital environment, the occupational therapy assistant may also direct the activities of occupational therapy aides or other front office staff.

The daily tasks of an occupational therapy assistant might include:

  • Helping patients perform daily activities
  • Coaching patients with poor social skills
  • Collaborating with the occupational therapist to develop treatment plans
  • Documenting a patient's current condition, treatment provided and progress
  • Schedule appointments and handle certain clerical duties

The daily activities of occupational therapy assistants vary greatly depending on where they are employed and the specialty they choose, such as sports medicine or pediatric occupational therapy.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Education Requirements

To get a job as an occupational therapy assistant, candidates must complete a two-year associate's degree program at a school accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. In addition to coursework in anatomy, physiology, biology, and psychology, candidates must complete a 16-week clinical requirement where they learn hands-on the physical requirements of the job. Once the educational requirements are completed, occupational therapy assistants must pass a certification exam. Many occupational therapy assistants use their education and experience on the job to advance into an occupational therapist program.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Market

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for occupational therapy assistants is growing at a much higher rate than other careers. Over the next decade, demand for occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase by 41 percent, which is high even for the rapidly expanding health care job outlook in general.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Salary Information

The salary range for occupational therapy assistants is large, with the lowest paid occupational therapy assistants making just over $42,000 per year while the top 25 percent earn $64,000 or more annually. Occupational therapy assistants in home health jobs and skilled nursing facilities earn the most, with the top 10 percent earning $72,000 per year or more.

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Please Read & Share with Respected PM&R/ LTC/SUBACUTE Colleagues! DNG Placement Services, Inc.​, a well-respected leader in healthcare recruitment, is in search of a new grad NYS Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) - or - experienced Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) for survey successful, clinically responsible Subacute on Staten Island! Qualifications: Must have NYS License ...
Tracking Code 203492 Job Description TheOccupational Therapy Assistantis responsible for providing occupational therapy to patients in their homes to restore them to their fullest physical ability. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs his/her duties in accordance with policies and procedures and the established plan of care. Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, is at all ...
Tracking Code 201626 Job Description Southeast Alabama HomeCare of Eufaula part of the LHC Group TheOccupational Therapy Assistantis responsible for providing occupational therapy to patients in their homes to restore them to their fullest physical ability. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs his/her duties in accordance with policies and procedures and the established plan of care. U...
Tracking Code 201974 Job Description PRN COTA needed for UT Medical Center Home Health - Knoxville TN TheOccupational Therapy Assistantis responsible for providing occupational therapy to patients in their homes to restore them to their fullest physical ability. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs his/her duties in accordance with policies and procedures and the established plan of car...
Tracking Code 202498 Job Description UT Medical Center Home Health - Sevierville, TN seeking applicants to fill PRN Home Health COTA. TheOccupational Therapy Assistantis responsible for providing occupational therapy to patients in their homes to restore them to their fullest physical ability. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs his/her duties in accordance with policies and procedures...
Tracking Code 202812 Job Description UT Medical Center Home Health - Maryville, TN seeking applicants for PRN Home Health COTA. TheOccupational Therapy Assistantis responsible for providing occupational therapy to patients in their homes to restore them to their fullest physical ability. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs his/her duties in accordance with policies and procedures and t...
Tracking Code 203088 Job Description Baptist Home Health part of the LHC Group TheOccupational Therapy Assistantis responsible for providing occupational therapy to patients in their homes to restore them to their fullest physical ability. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs his/her duties in accordance with policies and procedures and the established plan of care. Under the supervisi...
Tracking Code 203091 Job Description TheOccupational Therapy Assistantis responsible for providing occupational therapy to patients in their homes to restore them to their fullest physical ability. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs his/her duties in accordance with policies and procedures and the established plan of care. Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, is at all ...
Tracking Code 203200 Job Description TheOccupational Therapy Assistantis responsible for providing occupational therapy to patients in their homes to restore them to their fullest physical ability. The Occupational Therapy Assistant performs his/her duties in accordance with policies and procedures and the established plan of care. Under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, is at all ...
One to Three SNF years experience preferred. Mass license required. The right candidate will have superior documentation and computer skills, as well as proven communication and team work abilities. Candidate must also be skilled in interdepartmental and patient/family relations. New England Therapy Associates is a leading provider of contract rehabilitation services to nursing facilities with lo...
Hawaii Pacific Health Honolulu, HI, 96812
Founded in 1921, Straub Clinic & Hospital is a fully integrated nonprofit health care system with a 159-bed tertiary care hospital in Honolulu, a network of neighborhood clinics and a visiting specialist program that reaches throughout the state of Hawai‘i. With more than 300 employed or contracted physicians who are leaders in their fields, Straub provides its patients with expert diagnoses and t...
MountainStar Healthcare San Antonio Live Oak, TX
Description General Statement of Duties: Provides patient care as established in the plan of care under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist. Assists with making patient schedules, providing patient education, and supervision of the rehab aide. Essential Job Functions: 1. Provides patient care, under the direction of a Occupational Therapist, for patients who have impairments, functio...
Searching for an Occupational Therapist who is ready to impact the future of Occupational Therapy, and its students. Mary Baldwin College, a private institution in Staunton, VA, with a 170 year history of quality educational programs, welcomed its first class of occupational therapy students in June 2014 to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. Summary of the Position The Murphy Deming Co...
Einstein Healthcare Network Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park is a 60 bed general acute care hospital located on a 30 acre suburban campus in Montgomery County. We are committed to providing the community with prompt, personalized and high quality healthcare in a friendly, comfortable environment. Einstein Healthcare Network promotes wellness. Research has shown that smoking is dangerous to the health of smokers and to oth...
IASIS Healthcare LLC Houston, TX
Qualifications MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: Work Experience: Prefer experienced Occupational therapist Assistants License/Registration/Certification : Must be licensed in the State of Texas as an Occupational Therapist Assistant. Education & Training: Graduates of an approved Occupational Therapy Assistant Program with an Associates Degree are eligible for hire. Skills...
Absolut Care of Three Rivers located in Painted Post, NY is seeking a temporary Occupational Therapist/ Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant to fill in for 8 – 10 weeks. Occupational Therapist qualifications: Must be a graduate from an American Occupational Therapy Association accredited school of Occupational Therapy. Must be registered as an Occupational Therapist by the American Occupati...
Job Purpose: Helps occupational therapy clients by providing rehabilitative services, under the direction of occupational therapists, to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. Duties: * Helps clients improve their quality of life by helping them compensate for limitations, such as, helping injured workers improve their motor skills and re-enter the labor force, ...
POSITION SUMMARY: A licensed/certified therapy assistant overall responsibility is to assist and support the plan of treatment for each resident/resident assigned. The assistant is an active participant in the center and an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. REPORTS TO: Operationally reports to the Director of Rehabilitation or designee center where providing therapy services. The Ass...
POSITION SUMMARY: A licensed/certified therapy assistant’s overall responsibility is to assist and support the plan of treatment for each resident/resident assigned. The assistant is an active participant in the center and an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. The Senior Assistant also supervises assistant students, assists with new staff orientation in their specific discipline, partic...
Full Time Brookdale Northbrook - 4501 Concord Lane; Northbrook, IL 60062 Brookdale Niles - 8975 W. Golf Rd; Niles, IL 60714 A career with Brookdale has never been more rewarding! Brookdale is the only national full-spectrum senior living solutions company and committed to providing the best options for our over 110,000 residents we serve. The services that we offer ensure residents continue to ...

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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