Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Per Diem - Benson Hospital
Benson Hospital Position Description
Job Title: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
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
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
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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
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.
WORK ENVIRONMENT PHYSICAL DEMANDS
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.
Job Status: On Call
Job Reference #: 19793