EB08 - Occupational Therapy Assistant
General Nature of Work:
Provides paraprofessional occupational therapy services.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Assists in the evaluation of patients referred for treatment through routine measurements of injured parts for strength, grip, dexterity, coordination, swelling and range motion.
Assists therapists in conducting perceptual-motor and behavioral programs and reporting patient progress.
Records progress notes in patient's charts.
Provides some training and demonstration of occupational therapy programs for unit personnel and lower level technicians.
Leads patients in daily living activity programs.
Provides therapist with input regarding the design, administration and evaluation of treatment programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of occupational therapy principles, techniques, methods, modalities, and their proper application.
Knowledge of functional anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
Skill in fabrication and use of a variety of splints and devices.
Ability to instruct unit personnel and lower level technicians in occupational therapy treatments.
Ability to gauge patient progress through musculature evaluation.
Ability to write patient progress notes.
Ability to work effectively with patients of various ages, mental competencies and physical disabilities.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
Licensed as an Occupational Therapy Assistant by the South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy.
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
An associate's degree from an occupational therapy assistant program.
MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
A bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. Licensed as an Occupational Therapist Assistant by the South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy.
MUSC Physical Requirements:
This classification is not currently used at MUSC. Please contact the Department of Human Resources for more information.