Occupational Therapist Assistant (#RH6000)
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$25.98-$31.58 Hourly / $4,503.58-$5,474.14 Monthly / $54,043.06-$65,689.68 Yearly


Under general supervision, assists in providing occupational therapy treatment for a variety of disabling conditions; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this para-professional class works under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists to help provide treatment for patients with disabling conditions, injuries and diseases.  Incumbents may apply independent judgment in treatment progression within the scope of a treatment plan established by a licensed occupational therapist.


  • Assists in implementing therapeutic occupational therapy treatment to patients within the treatment program established by a licensed occupational therapist; utilizes proper techniques and safety precautions.
  • Observes and records the reactions of patients to treatment and, within the scope of the established treatment plan, may adjust the treatment to the needs of the individual patient; reports patient reactions and changes to the occupational therapist.
  • Maintains accurate records of patient treatments, including a description of treatment given.
  • Assists in gathering patient assessment data; may contribute to the intervention plan and re-assessment process.
  • Assists in instructing patients with home exercise programs and equipment utilization.
  • Works effectively with therapists, nurses, physicians and other staff, cooperates with health, educational and community organizations in implementing therapy programs for patients.
  • Participates in in-service education and staff development classes.
  • Attends staff meetings and patient/family conferences as assigned.
  • May maintain treatment areas and supplies; may adjust and make minor repairs to equipment.


Licenses and Certificates: Must possess and maintain a current license as an Occupational Therapy Assistant issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy; and if required by the nature of the assignment, must also possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license.


The principles, methods, materials and equipment used in occupational therapy body mechanics and safety procedures; possible hazards to patients during treatment and of necessary precautionary and remedial measures; anatomy and physiology sufficient to safely position patients for various types of treatments.


Demonstrate, to patients and others, acceptable therapeutic techniques in a wide variety of occupational therapies; understand, interpret and adapt a certified occupational therapist’s written or oral directions regarding occupational therapy treatment plans utilizing therapy equipment; maintain records of treatments administered; establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients/families, co-workers and a variety of medical-professional staff; maintain excellent customer relations; perform essential physical/mental requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, including, but not limited to: standing for long periods, walking, pushing, pulling, bending, and transferring heavy patients who may require maximum assistance.


Mobility – operation of a data entry device; frequent standing for long periods; constant walking; occasional pushing/pulling; occasional bending/squatting; Lifting – occasional lifting of 50 lbs. or more, restraining, lifting/turning people; Vision – frequent color perception; occasional eye/hand coordination, peripheral vision and depth perception; frequent reading; Dexterity – occasional holding and repetitive motion; frequent reaching, grasping and writing; Hearing/Talking – constant hearing normal speech, talking in person, talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on the telephone and hearing faint sounds. Special Requirements – may require occasional overtime; may require weekend or evening work; Emotional/Psychological – occasional emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Environmental – occasional exposure to noise; may be exposed to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH6000; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;