Occupational Rehabilitation Therapy and Services


Jobs in this family plan, organize, oversee, and participate in rehabilitative programs that facilitate rehabilitation or restore functional capabilities and skills of patients/residents with physical, developmental, and/or mental disabilities.

Typical functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Assist patients in performing therapeutic activities.
  • Observe, document, and report patient behavior and responses to treatment plan. 
  • Select adaptive equipment to be used in the treatment process.

The work assigned to positions in this series ranges from implementing therapy plans to developing occupational therapy plans and programs.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

This is a licensed position accountable for implementing therapy plans through hands-on use of adaptive devices, and contributing to therapy plans through recommendation and documentation.  Performs billing, ordering and stocking supplies, and other clerical duties.  Maintains adaptive equipment and patient documentation.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

Knowledge of the general principles, methods, materials, and equipment used in occupational therapy. Knowledge of kinesiology, human anatomy, and physiology as related to the practice of occupational therapy.  Ability to observe, recognize, and report significant changes in patient behavior.    

Typical qualifications

Licensure as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.  

Pay grade

Occupational Therapist

This is a licensed professional position accountable for treating injured, ill, or disabled patients through the use of everyday activities.  Directs occupational therapy assessments, treatments, interventions, administration, program planning, and documentation for acute and long-term care patients.  Applies clinical reasoning in developing occupational therapy plans and programs.  Plans the workload for employees; provides supervision, training, and development.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous level:  Knowledge of principles and methods used to develop and implement individual treatment plans, and the use of adaptive equipment designed to assist in self-help tasks.  Ability to plan, organize, lead, and adapt planned therapeutic activities in accordance with patient’s needs.

Typical qualifications

Licensure as an Occupational Therapist.

Pay grade