Occupational Therapy Assistants


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.
Also called: Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Knowledge:

    Business
  • customer service
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
    Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
    Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
    Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail

Technology:

    Medical software
  • BrainTrain Captain's Log
  • Laboratory information system LIS
    Accounting software
  • Billing software
  • Bookkeeping software
    Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access

Education:

    associate's degree
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