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Providence Health & Services Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) - Home Health in Torrance, California


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Providence is calling a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) (Full-time / Day Shift) to Providence Little Company Of Mary Home Health. This position will see patients in the South Bay/Long Beach area.

We are seeking a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) who will be responsible for maintaining standards of professional and ethical practice and in providing occupational therapy services under the direction of a Registered Occupational Therapist and in accordance with AOTA and state practice acts.The COTA provides patient care to the following age groups: adult and geriatric adult.

In this position you will:

  • Documentation:

  • Assess patient responses to occupational therapy intervention in relation to the stated goals on the interdisciplinary treatment plan.

  • Adapt treatment plan, under the direction of supervising occupational therapists, to meet patient needs.

  • Intervention and their effects on patient care are documented on a daily basis with type of treatment, date, and time spent indicated.

  • Provide input to OTR regarding weekly progress notes.

  • Provide input to OTR regarding discharge summaries.

  • Intervention:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply therapeutic principles and practices.

  • Provide interventions consistent with total rehabilitation program objectives.

  • Skillfully and safely progresses patients through the levels of treatment within the maximum capabilities of the patient.

  • Communication:

  • Develop and maintain effective communication with the patient, family and rehabilitation team members.

  • Participate in team and family conferences as requested to discuss patient goals, problems and ongoing discharge plans.

  • Participate in problem solving conflicts, i.e., overlapping responsibilities, scheduling problems.

  • Consult with other members of the rehabilitation team to coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.

  • Establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with patients; uses praise and other reinforcers to encourage appropriate behavior.

  • Documentation/Information Management:

  • Abide by Providence Health & Services – So CA region Confidentiality Statement as stated on MEDITECH system maintaining complete confidentiality of all patient and hospital-related information.

  • Perform billing duties accurately and timely.

  • Document and submit to supervisor all incident reports, and Supervisor Reports within 24 hours.

  • Leadership/Supervision:

  • Participate in the orientation and skill development of team members and contract staff.

  • Function as a resource to other members of the rehabilitation team and OT staff.

  • Provide supervision to students, CHHA and volunteers as requested.

  • Development:

  • Assume responsibility and accountability for own professional growth and practice; actively pursues growth through affiliation with professional OT associations and participation in a minimum of one continuing education course per year

  • Attend 75% of all mandatory in-services, business meetings, and departmental meetings

  • Participate in community education/promotional activities as requested.

  • Performance Improvement:

  • Participate in Performance Improvement processes as requested.

  • Participate in survey preparation activities, i.e., The Joint Commission, DPHS (CA Dept of Public Health Services).

  • Budgetary:

  • Utilize unit occupational therapy resources appropriately.

  • Adjust personal schedule in case of unit crisis to meet department need

  • Uses time effectively and ensures adherence to daily OT patient schedule.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • A graduate of an Occupational Therapy Assistant program

  • Current license and certification from the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT) and the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT)

  • Requires a valid driver's license with no excessive violations or accidents

  • Requires maintaining the minimum state requirements for auto insurance

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Two (2) years related experience.

  • Acute hospital experience

About the home health ministry you will serve.

As an integral part of the respected Providence Health & Services for over 25 years, our highly skilled healthcare professionals provide a full range of home health and clinical specialty programs to patients experiencing an illness, hospitalization or surgery or, for those receiving treatment for a chronic or acute illness. Providence Home Health embraces everyone from new mothers and their babies to the elderly with chronic health problems.

Our team of health care professionals starts with the patient and his or her physician and may include: registered nurses; certified home health aides; social workers; physical, occupational and speech therapists. Our specialty care includes patient assessment and monitoring; beside protime monitoring; IV therapy; total parenteral nutrition; gastric feeding tube (G-Tube) for long-term enteral nutrition; V.A.C. therapy used to promote healing in acute or chronic wounds, fight infection and enhance healing of burns; pain management; injections; and ostomy management. From same-day referrals and a smooth transition from hospital to home, to attentive follow-up and communication with your own doctor, we provide care and support for you every step of the way to help restore your health to its fullest potential. Our goal is to equip our patients with the education and resources needed to regain and maintain good health.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Therapy Support (PTA, COTA, Rehab Aide)

Location: California-Torrance

Req ID: 323182