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Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Description

Under the direct supervision of the Occupational Therapist, the Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant treats patients according to a treatment plan approved by attending physician and/or Occupational Therapists.

JOB SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
 Knowledgeable of professional standards and utilizes during treatment.
 Appropriately reports abnormalities, change in patient condition or unusual circumstances in a timely manner to
supervising OT, nurse and/or the Director of Rehabilitation.
 Carries out plan of care as outlined by the supervising OT and approved by physician.
 Practices correct isolation techniques to maintain a safe environment to control the spread of infection.
 Maintains the cleanliness of utilized instruments and equipment per hospital policy.
 Demonstrates knowledge of occupational therapy equipment utilized in different procedures, for example e-stim,
ultrasound, etc.
 Utilizes resources appropriately and uses and maintains equipment in order to prolong working life.
 Completes all required documentation of patient care according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional
guidelines.
 Provides evidence based treatments to patients that are age appropriate.
 Accepts direction from supervisors and other management team members in a positive and professional manner.
 Communicates with the Occupational Therapist, Director of Rehabilitation, physicians and other health team members
regarding patient progress, problems and plans.
 Participates as necessary in patient care conferences, rehab meetings, and other meetings as assigned.
 Participates in In-Service Training Programs.
 Participates in discharge planning.
 Establish and instruct caregivers and patient in patient specific maintenance programs, DME and safety.
 Secure necessary durable medical equipment and adaptive equipment for patients to facilitate independence.
 Records daily treatments and charges with respect to department policy.
 Communicates with the Director of Rehabilitation regarding department programs, goals, objectives, problems and
successes.
 Adheres to department productivity standard.
 Interacts professionally with other clinical staff
 Communicates issues or concerns regarding department or patient to supervising OT
 Acts as a clinical preceptor for affiliating Occupational Therapy Schools.
 Performs other duties as assigned.

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Job Requirements

Experience

 Preferred six (6) months experience working in a hospital/rehabilitation setting

Education Required

 Graduate of an American Occupational Therapy Association accredited school of COTA

Additional Information

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:
 Current Licensure as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant in the State of Practice
 Certified in CPR and CPI
 Maintain current certification in good standing during employment with this facility, or, obtain within 90 days of hire