Occupational Therapist Assistant Job Description

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Occupational Therapist Assistant Job Description


Job Title: Occupational Therapist Assistant




Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTAs) work alongside Occupational Therapists (OTs) to help patients in improving their daily living and working skills. OTAs work with individuals of all ages who have disabilities, illnesses, or injuries, and who need help to develop or regain the skills to perform daily tasks. They assist OTs in developing treatment plans, documenting patients' progress, and providing the necessary interventions.


Key Responsibilities:


- Work with Occupational Therapists in evaluating patients' physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities to develop treatment plans.

- Help patients develop, improve, and maintain their daily living and working skills.

- Provide assistance to patients in performing therapeutic exercises, activities of daily living, and functional mobility.

- Educate patients and their families on self-care techniques and assistive devices.

- Observe and document patients' progress, modifying treatment plans as necessary.

- Communicate with other healthcare professionals, such as physicians and nurses, regarding patients' progress.

- Maintain a safe and clean work environment, and ensure proper handling and cleaning of equipment.

- Stay current with occupational therapy industry developments and maintain licensure.




- Associate's degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

- Must hold current certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

- State license as an OTA.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

- Good observational and documentation skills.

- Must be able to lift and move equipment and patients as necessary.

- Must have a valid driver's license.


Preferred Qualifications:


- Experience working in a healthcare setting.

- Familiarity with electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

- Willingness to learn new techniques and skills.

- Experience working with patients of all ages and diagnoses.