Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


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Bakersfield Clinical Facility
United States of America



Laugh, create, give, and love. These are just a few of the positive words of affirmation that describe the culture at Centre for Neuro Skills.  We work together as a team and continually inspire each other to lead positive change, learn, and grow. Our commitment to research, innovation, and advances in technology drives us to reach for what could be possible.  Every day is a new day to smile, do, and change. We are passionate about our work and making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

 At Centre for Neuro Skills, our staff is a highly valued resource in our mission to provide rehabilitation, medical treatment and disease management for individuals with brain injury. Our exceptional team members contribute to our goal of advancing the best of clinical treatment, education and research. We trust each employee to use their life and educational experiences along with enthusiasm and creativity to build strong patient programs that will greatly improve outcomes for our patients. Every employee's contribution is instrumental in providing a comprehensive rehabilitation program, and they are encouraged to fulfill clinical and individual learning objectives.

Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) helps people recovering from brain injury find hope, independence and a meaningful life - and you can play a key role as a COTA.

CNS is an experienced and respected provider of post-acute rehabilitation programs, and offers intensive modified inpatient, outpatient, residential, and assisted living rehabilitation programs for individuals recovering from all types of brain injury. The CNS community-based approach focuses on helping patients regain a normal rhythm of living and independence. Therapy is designed to foster a return to a typical at-home living situation.

We have a beautiful, spacious rehab clinic. Work as part of a dedicated multi-disciplinary team where you can make a difference. Must be flexible, positive, have good communication skills, and desire to work as part of an interdisciplinary team. Will also be involved with vision therapy, and community and avocational activities. Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F.

Please see our meaningful video, "The Story of Centre for Neuro Skills" at  https://www.neuroskills.com/about-us/

Minimum Requirements


The Occupational Therapy Assistant, under the direction and supervision of an Occupational Therapist, is responsible for assisting with patient evaluations, program implementation and the utilization of techniques and modalities necessary to provide competent occupational therapy services to patients. Work is full time during weekdays with occasional evening and weekend work. Work is performed at the clinic with some work occasionally at the residential site or in the community.

A high degree of accuracy in documentation and observation, adaptability to a variety of situations, strong organizational and communication skills, decision making and an ability to evaluate situations as they occur is needed for this position.


1. Contributes to the evaluation process by implementing delegated assessments, and by providing verbal and written reports of observations and patient capacities to the OT. Performs re-assessment and discharge planning under supervision of an OT if OT reviews and interprets the information provided by the OTA and integrates that information into the decision-making process. Follows documented OT treatment plan for patients.

2. Assists with reporting procedures.

a. Assists by providing information to OT for monthly (or more frequent) conference reports, initial evaluations, home programs and discharge summaries for assigned patients. Requires visual ability and fine motor manipulation to dictate and review/edit reports.

b. Performs daily charting for patients treated.

c. Reports verbally or in writing (according to patient/carrier/company needs) in conferences, staffings and other meetings to inform necessary personnel, insurance carriers, patients’ families and patients (as appropriate) of patient testing, treatment and progress.

3. Under supervision of OT, consults with patients, families and therapists as appropriate from various clinic disciplines to instruct, advise or inform them of procedures and tests.

4.  Stays informed of all patient programs in the department.

5. Instructs clinic aides only for non-client-related tasks such as clerical and administrative activities (transportation, prep or maintenance of equipment/ work areas).

6. Provides for the safety of patients, visitors, staff and self when interacting with patients who may have behavioral outbursts, which can include yelling, exiting, hitting, kicking, biting, spitting, scratching, and throwing objects.

a. Must be able to recognize patient escalation, via verbal, physical and visual cues.

b. Must be able to attempt to verbally and physically de-escalate patient using Behavior Modification techniques according to each patient's program, which may include Professional Assault Crisis Training (Pro-ACT) such as evasive self-defense (ability to get out of the way) and controlling self-defense (restraints).

c. Physical intervention and restraints can include calling for help, lifting, standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, carrying, pulling, pushing and assisting with the restraint of patients weighing up to 200 plus pounds.

7. Performs toilet and chair transfers without assistance for patients up to 150 pounds utilizing approved transfer techniques. Transfer techniques include standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. Patients requiring moderate to maximum assistance and weighing over 150 pounds are lifted and/or transferred by two persons.

8. Uses special equipment as required by each patient including, but not limited to wheelchairs, walkers or other equipment , at any given time according to the outline of each patient's program. May require fine motor manipulation, lifting, reaching, carrying, pushing and pulling when working with equipment.

9. Maintains professional and ethical relationships with staff, patients, patient families, students and other visitors.

10. Attends staff meetings, in-services, and all scheduled shifts.

11. Comprehends and follows instructions:

a. Maintain attention and concentration for necessary periods

b. Apply common sense understanding and carry out instructions (written, oral or diagrammatic)

c. Adapt to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards

12. Performs simple and repetitive tasks:

a. Ask simple questions or request assistance when needed

b. Perform routine, concrete, organized activities

c. Remember locations and work procedures

d. Make decisions based on simple sensory data

13. Maintains work pace appropriate to given work load:

a. Perform activities on schedule, maintain regular attendance, and be punctual within specified tolerance

b. Complete normal workday and/or week, perform at a consistent pace without excessive rest periods

14. Performs complex or varied tasks:

a. Synthesize, coordinate and analyze data

b. Perform job requiring precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards

15. Relates to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions:

a. Can get along with co-workers or peers without exhibiting behavioral extremes

b. Maintain open door policy to encourage active, empathetic listening

c. Perform work activities requiring negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others 

d. Respond appropriately to criticism from a supervisor and/or other staff member(s)

16. Effectively influences people on a consistent basis:

a. Convince or redirect others

b. Understand the meaning of words and use them effectively

c. Interact appropriately with people which includes the provision of appropriate internal and external customer service

17. Makes generalizations, evaluations or decisions without immediate supervision:

a. Recognize potential hazards and observe appropriate precautions

b. Understand and remember detailed instructions

c. Make independent decisions or judgments based on sensory data or known guidelines

18. Accepts and carries out responsibility for direction, control and planning:

a. Set realistic goals or make plans independently of others

b. Negotiate, instruct or supervise people

c. Respond appropriately to changes in the work setting


1. Assists in orientation of new department staff.

2. Coordinates, evaluates and oversees Occupational Therapy Assistant student interns as needed.

3. Transports patients as needed.

4. Performs other duties as assigned.


1. OTA Associate Degree from accredited OTA program required.

2. Certification as OTA by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) required.

3. Current licensure in state employed.

4. Knowledge and experience with sensory integration is recommended and preferred.