Occupational Therapy Assistant - OP Physical Therapy - FT Day Shift - #100588

Southwell, Inc.

Date: 04/20/2022 00:00 AM

City: Chula, Georgia

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

DEPARTMENT: Outpatient Physical Therapy

F ACILITY: Physical Therapy OP

WORK TYPE: Full Time

S HIFT: Day Shift

HOURS: 8 am to 5 pm


The Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) provides direct occupational therapy procedures to assigned patients under the supervision, or as an assistant, of the Occupational Therapist. The COTA also assists in planning and implementation of treatment and performs other duties as assigned


* Completes a chart review and identify abnormalities in basic lab values and diagnostic tests that will prompt completion or withholding of therapy services.

  • Reviews the occupational therapy evaluation and plan of care, including goals, treatments, frequency, and duration.
  • Completes assessment of ROM, strength, balance, and functional mobility in accordance with the physical therapy plan of care.
  • Administers occupational therapy treatment according to the occupational therapy plan of care.
  • Documents patient progress according to approved medical documentation and facility documentation procedures.
  • Provides education to patients and caregivers based on the needs of each patient.
  • Reports patient progress to patients, caregivers, and other members of the healthcare team involved in the care of the patient.
  • Provides ongoing recommendations for patient discharge based on the needs of each patient.
  • Consults and collaborates with other healthcare professionals routinely.
  • Maintains production objectives by continually monitoring patient caseload and organization/scheduling throughout the day according to need.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge through attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, etc.
  • Delivers quality occupational therapy services to patients referred to occupational therapy under the supervision of the occupational therapists.
  • Provides direct occupational therapy treatment procedures safely and effectively to assigned patients under the supervision, or as an assistant, of the occupational therapist.
  • Fulfills all operational responsibilities of the department, including supervision and direction of supportive personnel and students.
  • Participates in an ongoing assessment of the quality of care provided by the Occupational Therapy Department.
  • Where appropriate, consistently makes an effort to obtain information for physicians, patients, and guests.
  • Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and facility regulations, laws and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified.
  • Understands and adheres to compliance standards as they appear in the Corporate Compliance Policy, Code of Conduct, and Conflicts of Interest Policy.
  • Demonstrates age-specific skills as required by position.
  • Offers suggestions on ways to improve operations of department and reduce costs.
  • Attends all mandatory education programs.
  • Improves self-knowledge through voluntarily attending continuing education/certification classes.
  • Maintains required competency levels as identified in written exams, skills checklists, skills labs, annual safety and health requirements as well as service excellence education hours requirements.
  • Willing to cross-train in order to better assist co-workers and to provide maximum efficiency in department.
  • Volunteers/participates on hospital committees, functions, and department projects.
  • Manages resources effectively.
  • Reports equipment in need of repair in order to extend life of equipment.
  • Makes good use of time so as to not create needless overtime.


* Associate's Degree in Education specialization: Occupational Therapy Assistant


* OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASST from Credential source:

  • State License


Must maintain current licensure as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in the State of Georgia. Must maintain BLS certification


* Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight.

  • Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities and works with a variety of situations, individuals, groups, and varying customer needs.
  • Influences others to act in support of ideas, programs, or causes.
  • Diligently attends to details and pursues quality in accomplishing tasks.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Patient care plan establishment and evaluation
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Possess the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas.
  • Provides excellent service to internal and external customers.
  • Makes timely, informed decisions that take into account the facts, goals, constraints, and risks.
  • Is reliable and trustworthy while performing work in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Conveys confidence in employees’ ability to be successful, especially with new and challenging tasks; allowing employees freedom to decide how they will accomplish their goals and resolve issues.
  • Electronic medical record documentation
  • Earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and transparency in all interactions.
  • Openness to different and new ways of doing things and willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things.
  • Infection control
  • Recognizes obstacles and moves forward with potential solutions without hesitation.
  • Understands and learns from what others say.
  • Medical terminology
  • Conveys ideas and facts orally using language the audience will best understand.
  • Patient and family education
  • Proficient in safe patient care techniques
  • Defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to achieve those objectives.
  • Resolves difficult or complicated challenges.
  • Partners with clients to identify and resolve complex or sensitive issues.
  • Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect.
  • Does what he/she commits to doing.
  • Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how best to achieve them in order to get the job done.
  • Manages own time, priorities, and resources to achieve goals.
  • Maintains composure in highly stressful or adverse situations.
  • Ensures that work is complete and accurate and follows up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
  • Helps create a work environment that embraces and appreciates diversity.
  • Conveys ideas and facts in writing using language the reader will best understand.


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