Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Under supervision of an Occupational Therapist, a certified occupational therapist assistant, or COTA, supports patient well-being, rehabilitation, and recovery by providing direct support to an occupational therapist. COTAs can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. They help patients with physical, mental, emotional, or social limitations to improve their quality of life and independence.

• Evaluate patient’s health and wellness.
• Conduct tests and evaluations to measure a patient’s mobility, emotional and social skills, and overall health prior to beginning to develop a treatment plan.
• Ask questions about pain levels and recurring issues related to the injury.
• Working closely with Occupational Therapists, COTA’s also help develop treatment plans, including inpatient techniques and methodologies as well as exercises and other methods the patient will use at home.
• Maintains detailed records of patient progress and provides reports to the Occupational Therapist.
• Maintains client and organizational confidentiality at all times.
• Conducts periodic evaluations of patients’ progress, comparing their current wellness levels to benchmarks in the patient’s therapy plan.
• Supports therapeutic activities and patient success by operating a range of equipment and devices.
• Delivers a high level of customer service to all internal and external customers.
• Demonstrates leadership competencies through communication and relationship building, developing self and others, and teamwork.
• Communicates with all members of the healthcare team.
• Ensure all safety and infection control practices are followed.
• Ability to think quickly and competently in stressful situations.
• Performing other duties as assigned within scope of practice.

• The individual must support the mission, vision, and goals of First Physicians and serve as a role model within the company.
• Exhibit positive customer service behavior in everyday work interactions.
• Demonstrate a courteous and respectful attitude to internal workforce and external customers.
• Communicate accurately and appropriately.
• Handle difficult situations in a discreet and professional manner.
• Hold self-accountable for professional practice.
• Interact and cope effectively with diverse populations in stressful situations resulting from trauma and illness.
• Participate in performance improvement activities utilizing principles to support and improve patient care.
• Demonstrate knowledge of unit goals and is active in committees and projects to achieve these goals.
• Keep current with literature regarding changing practices, interventions and best practices in patient care.
• Assume responsibility for seeking out educational and professional opportunities for personal learning needs and growth as well as meeting mandatory education requirements.
• Act as a preceptor as requested.
• Demonstrate excellent work attendance and attend and actively participate in a variety of meetings and training sessions as required.
• Adhere to the First Physicians Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards. Complies with established policies and procedures and all health and safety requirements.

• Associates degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program

• Current Oklahoma license as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
• Current BLS (or obtained within 30 day of hire)

• Two (2) years’ experience preferred

• To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Such accommodations must be requested by the employee/applicant to be considered.
• This job requires visual abilities, auditory abilities, must be intact to perform duties.