CCS Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant
Salary: $21.26-$25.96 hourly / $3,698-$4,515 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under professional direction of an occupational or
physical therapist, assists in the provision of physical or
occupational therapy services according to documented treatment
plans; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the
CCS Occupational/Physical Therapist I/II by the latter's
responsibility for conducting patient evaluations and for the
development of treatment plans and goals. It is further
distinguished from the Therapy Attendant by its requirement for
licensure or certification and its ability to work without close
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Reviews treatment plan and goals with therapist; administers
physical or occupational therapy using appropriate techniques and
equipment under general supervision of therapist.
2. Assists therapists in consultation services to patients, parents,
and educational providers by providing home and classroom
instruction on services and the use and care of durable medical
equipment; makes recommendations to therapists regarding patients'
needs and helps construct needed adaptive equipment and splints.
3. Observes and documents results of treatment; notifies supervising
physical or occupational therapist of any change in patient's
condition that is not consistent with planned progress or goals.
4. Provides patient information to clinic team; assists therapists
in coordinating clinics, following up on recommendations made by the
clinic team, and coordinating therapy services with the patient's
5. Orients patients, community agencies, new staff, and student
interns to CCS program.
CCS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT:
1. Possession of a valid certificate as an Occupational Therapy
Assistant issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy;
2. graduation from an Occupational Therapy Assistant educational
program approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association,
and possession of a Limited Permit from the California Board of
Occupational Therapy (applicant status not to exceed 120 days).
CCS PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT:
1. Possession of a valid license as a Physical Therapy Assistant
issued by the State of California Physical Therapy Board; or,
2. graduation from a Physical Therapy Assistant educational program
approved by the American Physical Therapy Association, and
verification that you are a Physical Therapy Assistant license
applicant from the State of California (applicant status not to
exceed 90 days).
Additional Qualifications: Some positions may involve independent
travel and may require a valid California Class C Driver's License.
Note: Candidates may be hired before receiving their OTA certificate
or PTA license. However, as a condition of continued employment,
incumbents must obtain the appropriate certificate or license as
required by the State of California.
Knowledge of: human anatomy and physiology; human growth and
development; pathophysiology resulting from injury and disease;
concepts, scope, and techniques of physical/occupational therapy;
medical/legal aspects of physical or occupational therapy services;
self care and daily living skills needed by patients for maximum
independent living; basic construction, use, and care of orthopedic
Ability to: communicate effectively both orally and in written
format; adhere to professional ethics and standards of conduct;
select appropriate treatment techniques within defined guidelines;
interpret occupational/physical therapy assessment results;
establish effective relationships with patients and their families;
work cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary team; act
effectively in a medical emergency; maintain confidentiality.