Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA PRN


Under the occupational therapist’s direct supervision (OT), the Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant treats patients according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician and/or Occupational Therapists and participates in patient care conferences.

  • Knowledgeable of normal standards during treatment and appropriately reports abnormalities in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that any change in patient condition or unusual circumstances is reported immediately to the charge nurse.
  • Recognizes and communicates cardiopulmonary arrest or other emergency situations and initiates basic life support when appropriate.
  • Practices correct isolation techniques to maintain a safe environment to control the spread of infection.
  • Maintains the cleanliness of utilized instruments and equipment per hospital policy.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of occupational therapy equipment utilized in different procedures, for example, traction, ultrasound, whirlpool, etc.
  • Utilizes resources appropriately and uses and maintains equipment in order to prolong working life.
  • Completes all required documentation of patient care according to accepted regulatory, corporate, and professional guidelines.
  • Resolves conflicts, with assistance from OT or Director of Rehabilitation, areas of concern or conflict with patient’s families and/or co-workers in a professional, proactive and courteous manner.
  • Accepts direction from supervisors and other management team members positively and professionally.
  • Communicates with the OT, Director of Rehabilitation, physicians, and other health team members regarding patient progress, problems, and plans.
  • Participates as necessary in patient care conferences.
  • Participates in In-Service Training Programs.
  • Participates in discharge planning.
  • Establish and instruct caregivers in patient-specific maintenance programs.
  • Secure necessary durable medical equipment and adaptive equipment for patients to facilitate independence.
  • Treats patients according to the treatment plan established by OT and approved by the physician.
  • Records daily treatments and charges with respect to department policy.
  • Communicates with the Director of Rehabilitation regarding department programs, goals, objectives, problems, and successes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
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Job Requirements


  • Preferred six (6) months experience working in a hospital/rehabilitation setting
  • Pediatric experience preferred

Education Required

A graduate of an American Occupational Therapy Association accredited school of COTA

Additional Information


  • Current Licensure as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant in the State of Practice
  • Certified in AHA BLS and Behavior Intervention Training (SAMA)
  • Maintain current certification in good standing during employment with this facility, or obtain within thirty (30) days of hire

All Nexus Health Systems employees will need to meet the requirements outlined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) interim final rule requiring all workers in most health care settings that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The rule is effective November 5, 2021. Under the regulation, all eligible workers of Nexus Health Systems must be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.