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Occupational Therapy Assistants - 31-2011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
  • Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (COTA/L)
  • Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • School Based Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

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Tasks

  • Aid patients in dressing and grooming themselves.
  • Alter treatment programs to obtain better results if treatment is not having the intended effect.
  • Assemble, clean, or maintain equipment or materials for patient use.
  • Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.
  • Attend care plan meetings to review patient progress and update care plans.
  • Attend continuing education classes.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.
  • Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual or creative arts or games.
  • Design, fabricate, or repair assistive devices or make adaptive changes to equipment or environments.
  • Evaluate the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
  • Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently.
  • Instruct, or assist in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment.
  • Maintain and promote a positive attitude toward clients and their treatment programs.
  • Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement.
  • Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records.
  • Order any needed educational or treatment supplies.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling appointments, collecting data, or documenting health insurance billings.
  • Report to supervisors, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior.
  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.
  • Teach patients how to deal constructively with their emotions.
  • Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
  • Work under the direction of occupational therapists to plan, implement, or administer educational, vocational, or recreational programs that restore or enhance performance in individuals with functional impairments.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer screening tests to determine abilities or treatment needs.
  • Assist patients with daily activities.
  • Attend educational events to update medical knowledge.
  • Clean medical equipment.
  • Communicate patient status to other health practitioners.
  • Confer with other professionals to plan patient care.
  • Develop patient therapy programs.
  • Encourage patients during therapeutic activities.
  • Implement therapeutic programs to improve patient functioning.
  • Inventory medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Make patient-assistive devices or device models.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Move patients to or from treatment areas.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
  • Prepare medical reports or documents.
  • Process medical billing information.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
  • Teach basic living or other adaptive skills to patients or caregivers.
  • Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients.
  • Teach medical procedures to healthcare personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Occupational Therapy Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant