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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Advocate Pediatric Home Care provides Private Duty Nursing services and Therapy services to medically dependent children in the home environment. We offer the most competitive pay scale in the industry and a full range of employee benefits. We will orientate and train each therapist to their assigned caseload. Our goal is to provide quality services to children in the home environment. We are hir...
Company Confidential Dallas, TX, 75246
Fulltime position for experienced COTA with a well established multi-physician private practice located on the campus of Baylor University Medical Center.We are a hand orthopedic group specializing in fractures, trauma, cumulative trauma and tendon and nerve injuries.Candidate should be dependable, a self-starter and an independent worker.Hand experience preferred but willing to train an exception...
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...
ROLE OF THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SUPERVISOR The Occupational Therapy Supervisor works with all parties involved to ensure that OT services are provided that meets the medical need of the client, as prescribed by a physician, and authorized by a funding agency. The Occupational Therapy Supervisor ensures that all ExpertCare OTRs and OTAs are properly trained and receive appropriate supervision. Th...
Job Vacancy Notice Job Title: Assistant Professor - Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (Tenure Track) Job ID: 12366 Location: LaGuardia Community College Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT The Health Science Department at LaGuardia Community College, seeks an Assistant Professor to manage the fieldwork component of the occupational therapy ...
1000-UNCH Chapel Hill, NC
Description The Rehab Service Line at UNC Hospitals is accepting applications for a part time Occupational Therapist Assistant position. The assistant will work closely with an experienced group of occupational therapists and assistants in the acute care setting which may include orthopaedic, geriatric, transplant, trauma patient populations etc. Candidates must have excellent time management, co...
The Rehab Service Line at UNC Hospitals is accepting applications for a part time Occupational Therapist Assistant position. The assistant will work closely with an experienced group of occupational therapists and assistants in the acute care setting which may include orthopaedic, geriatric, transplant, trauma patient populations etc. Candidates must have excellent time management, communicat...
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 Col...
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...
Explore your possibilities, expand your horizon If you are an Occupational therapist, Occupational therapy assistant and have Great clinical skills. Love working with children Motivation/drive for excellence. Believe in doing the right thing & making a difference. Want to be an elite therapist while earning the top pay you deserve. Consider joining our Synergy team, who truly enjoy going to...
Job Purpose: Facilitates development and rehabilitation of pediatric patients with mental, emotional, and physical disabilities by planning and administering medically prescribed occupational therapy. Duties: * Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining occupational therapy treatment plans in consultation...
Mainland Medical Center - Texas City, TX Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Founded in 1952, Mainland Medical Center has been part of Galveston County for more than 55 years. Originally a 90-bed hospital, we have grown to a 223 bed acute care facility offering quality, compassionate care with state-of-the-art services. Our services include inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical ...
Status: FT Shift: Day Time: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Candidate must be a certified COTA with current Illinois licensure. Previous skilled rehab or acute care experience preferred. MH...
Date Posted: 3/26/2015 Category: Therapy Schedule: Full Time Internal Use Only: CB, MN Job Key: Therapy Job Summary Full Time COTA Opportunity will cover our SNF, Brookdale Camarillo Job # OTA_TcmCA150326 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 ov...
Date Posted: 9/23/2013 Category: Therapy Schedule: Full Time Internal Use Only: MN Job Key: Therapy Job Summary Full Time Brookdale Northbrook - 4501 Concord Lane; Northbrook, IL 60062 Brookdale Niles - 8975 W. Golf Rd; Niles, IL 60714 Job # COTAnbIL130923i A career with Brookdale has never been more rewarding! Brookdale is the only national full-spectrum senior living solutions company ...
Date Posted: 3/16/2015 Category: Therapy Schedule: Full Time Internal Use Only: MN, CB Job Key: Therapy Job Summary Full Time Position will provide care in our SNF at the Brookdale Northridge Northridge, CA 91325 COTA_nrCA150316 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...

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