Job Description

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Per Diem - Benson Hospital
Job CategoryTherapies
SchedulePer Diem
Shift1 - Day Shift

Benson Hospital Position Description

Job Title: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Department: Rehabilitation

Reports To: Rehabilitation Director


The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant is a skilled technical worker who

performs occupational therapy treatments and related duties as assigned by the

occupational therapist. This work is carried out under the direction of the

occupational therapist, which provides the assistant with supervision in

accordance with state law.


1. Implements Occupational Therapy treatments as directed by authorizing


2. Continually assesses patient’s response to treatment and/or medical status;

reports same to OTR and/or other medical staff as appropriate.

3. Completes required documentation per third party payer requirements and

Benson Hospital policies.

4. Communicates patient’s progress or lack of to authorizing OTR, and other

multidisciplinary treatment team members.

5. Takes responsibility for professional development and continuing

education requirements to provide quality, efficient, effective

Occupational Therapy treatment to a variety of patients with diverse


6. Maintains professional standards of care and ethical treatment as

determined by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

7. Follows personnel, safety and emergency policies and procedures as

outlined by Benson Hospital.

8. Assists the occupational therapists when performing tests, evaluations, and

complex treatment procedures.

9. Observes, records, and reports to the therapist the conditions, reactions

and responses related to his/her assigned duties.

10. Assist the therapist in consulting with family members, physicians and

other health care professionals, as appropriate.

11. Assist with the care of the Rehabiliation Therapy department and


12. Optimizes communication abilities and skills of patients performing the

following activities:

a. Treating all patients as directed by the occupational therapist and the

guidance of the established plan of care.

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b. Appropriately documenting progress toward identified objectives.

c. Communicating patient status and needs to the patient, the patient’s

family, the staff and other professionals.

d. Establishing and maintaining courteous and helpful interaction

patterns with staff, patients and families that reflect sensitivity to

individual needs and a problem-solving approach.

e. Actively integrating therapist’s role into facility team.

f. Educating staff, other health care professionals, and the general

community about Occupational Therapy and hospital services on a

consistent basis.

g. Attending interdisciplinary inpatient care plan meetings as directed by


h. Establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with other

health care professionals and colleagues in the community.

i. Discuss need for referral to other members of the rehabilitative team

(PT, ST) with authorizing therapist as indicated.

j. Working with OTR to develop and implement new

programs/techniques to enhance Occupational Therapy services.

k. Adhering to established facility policies and procedures related to

environmental safety, orderliness, risk management, infection control

and emergency situations.

l. Adhering to the requirements of the patient’s Bill of Rights.


1. Expanding and enhancing clinical expertise, professional skills through

interaction with managers, therapists and other professional staff, self-study, and

continuing education functions as approved.

2. Maintaining valid state license

3. Obtaining membership and participating in professional and community


4. Maintaining an awareness of issues related to the profession of occupational

therapy and health care environment.


1. Must be a graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

2. Must have passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

(NBCOT) Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) exam.

3. Must have active AZ COTA license.


1. Ability to lift patients using appropriate biomechanical techniques frequently

throughout the course of an eight (8) hour day/shift; must be capable of easily

lifting forty (40) pounds dead weight alone.

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2. Ability to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly during an eight (8) hour


3. Visual acuity (near and distant) sufficient monitor patient needs and to maintain

accurate records, recognize people and provide directions.

4. Ability to hear and speak sufficiently to understand and give directions.

5. Ability to push wheeled equipment throughout the facility and in the community.

6. Fine motor skills for typing for charting, daily correspondence/emails, etc.

7. Fine motor skills for handling diagnostic or therapeutic equipment.

8. Work endurance ability to work eight (8) hour days/shifts with one-hour lunch

break. Ability to participate in sustained activity for up to three and one-half (3.5)

hours at a time.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a

comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of

the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any

time with or without notice.


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