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CCS Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant

Salary: $21.26-$25.96 hourly / $3,698-$4,515 monthly / Range: 5462

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 supervision.


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 educational team.
5. Orients patients, community agencies, new staff, and student interns to CCS program.



1. Possession of a valid certificate as an Occupational Therapy Assistant issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy; or,
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).


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 appliances.

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.

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