How to Hire a Occupational Therapy Assistant

Does your growing business need an occupational therapy assistant? An occupational therapy assistant is responsible for implementing programs developed by the occupational therapist.

Here are some tips to help you find great occupational therapy assistant candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $29.22 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $11.30$55.30 hourly
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*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

An efficient Occupational Therapy Assistant helps the patients to achieve better health and better social and physical well-being in coordination with facility staff.

• Assess and review the mental and physical abilities of patients
• Review the patient’s medical condition and information to finalize suitable rehabilitation goals
• Collaborate with the rehabilitation team and plan appropriate activity programs

Skills to look for in a great Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistants are an integral part of a medical facility. It is essential to note which qualifications and skills are vital for hiring a suitable Occupational Therapy Assistant.

• Successfully clear the accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program
• Valid State Certification as Occupational Therapy Assistant
• Strong knowledge of occupational therapy body mechanics including its methods and principles
• Ability to interpret written and verbal instructions
• Excellent customer service skills
• Compassionate and caring demeanor

Writing an Occupational Therapy Assistant job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Occupational Therapist Assistant candidates. An Occupational Therapy Assistant job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Occupational Therapy Assistant jobs, such as:

• Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
• Occupational Therapy Assistant (Pediatric)
• Occupational Therapy Assistant (Part-Time)

Interviewing Occupational Therapy Assistant candidates

To hire a suitable Occupational Therapy Assistant, take the time to vet candidates and asking detailed interview questions to understand their knowledge and skills.

• Proficiency in reviewing patient’s medical records and do its assessment
• Past experience in implementing the plan of care for patients and advising patients and their relatives on continuing their plan properly
• How they’ve contributed to enhance the patient care experience by proactively advising patients on their care plan and include family support too to improve their health and quality of life

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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