Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) prepares equipment for treatment and may perform clerical duties for the department. Assists an Occupational Therapist with rehabilitative activities for patients who may have developmental, physical and emotional impairments. Being a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) typically reports to an occupational therapist. Requires an associate’s degree and passing of a national examination to be a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA). Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)’s years of experience requirement may be unspecified. Certification and/or licensing in the position’s specialty is the main requirement.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) to join our team.


  • Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities;
  • Submits clinical documentation in accordance with Organization policy;
  • Maintains appropriate clinical records, clinical notes, and reports to the registered occupational therapist any changes in the patient’s condition;
  • Provides clinical documentation on a timely basis;
  • Maintain Compliance with Daybreak’s Compliance Program and plan, adhere to the Daybreak’s Code of Conduct,
  • Provides patient and caregiver training according to the plan of care outlined by the supervising Occupational Therapist;
  • Completes required educational training per Daybreak policy,
  • Prepares materials and assists with other clerical duties as directed by the Occupational Therapist;
  • Demonstrates courtesy, compassion, and respect to patients, caregivers, customers, physicians, and co-workers;
  • Participates in quality improvement programs;
  • Collects assessment data as directed by the supervising Occupational Therapist;
  • Ensures the delivery of quality rehab services;
  • Work with the facility and organizations on case management needs and requirements;
  • Conducts resident screens (without interpretation) as directed by the supervising Occupational Therapist.


  • Completing appropriate documentation according to department policies and procedures;
  • Conducting individual patient therapy regimens under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OT);
  • Participating in departmental, hospital, and community continuing education seminars and in-services;
  • Monitoring patient’s response to treatment and modifying treatment during sessions as indicated in collaboration with an OT;
  • Possesses and maintains current CPR certification;
  • Graduate of an occupational therapy assistant curriculum accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association;
  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills;
  • Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state or organization requirements and is in good working order;
  • Must maintain a good working relationship with other health care professionals;
  • Currently certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in Washington State;
  • Ability to effectively collaborate within a team environment;
  • Must have completed approved schooling for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants;
  • Analyze information and act;
  • Home Health Experience preferred;
  • Have graduated from an approved Occupational Therapy Assistant program.