Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant PRN (As Needed)

UnityPoint Health

Requisition ID
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
290 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate
Cedar Rapids
SN Visits- HC- CR
Scheduled Hours/Shift
PRN As Needed: Monday-Friday, Daytime shifts
Work Type (Portal Searching)
As Needed


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

UnityPoint at Home

PRN As Needed: Monday-Friday Daytime hours


The COTA provides direct patient care for a diverse community-based caseload with the observation of care provided directed by an Occupational Therapist. Provides subject matter expertise and proficiency of clinical best practices and achieve standards for patient satisfaction and outcomes for care delivered.



Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

·       Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to care plan.  Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

·       Consistently utilizes a patient-centered approach considering physical, psych/social, spiritual, educational, safety and related criteria appropriate to the age of the patients served in assigned service area.

·       Treats patients/clients to relieve pain, develop or restore function and maintain maximum performance using specified occupational therapy procedures.

·       Directs and aids patients/clients in plan of treatment.

·       Utilizes physical agents including heat, cold, water, electricity, ultrasound and massage.

·       Observes and reports to the Occupational Therapist and organizational personnel the patient/client reaction to treatment and any changes in patient/client condition.

·       Instructs patient/family/caregivers in care and use of prosthetic device, therapeutic aids, splinting, and wrapping techniques as needed.

·       Provides patient, family, and/or caregiver education and information pertinent to diagnosis and safety issues.

·       Assists in the promotion of services and products.

·       Maintains accurate and timely documentation of clinical records and time/travel entries.


80 %


·       Delivers quality care consistent with Home Health Conditions of Participation, qualifying home care criteria, payor coverage criteria, and providing visits/treatments consistent with the plan of care.

·       Conducts clinical review of records to include multi-disciplinary review, coordination of care, provided in conjunction with visits and documentation.

·       Identifies risk for acute hospitalization and proactively prevents adverse events. 

·       Participates in case conferences, in-service programs and other meetings required to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care. Achieve certification in Integrated Care Management within 1 year of hire. Certification includes completing the Integrated Care Management formal training session, successfully completing assigned computer based-learning modules within 2 weeks of training, and a competency evaluation. Use the Integrated Care Management philosophy, skills, tools and documentation in clinical practice. Demonstrate competency in selected ICM skills annually.

·       Employee is responsible for completion of communication tasks and activities in a timely manner. This would include, but is not limited to: responding to email, voicemail or telephone messages, promptly, accurately, and professionally; attending staff meetings as scheduled or viewing videotapes of those meetings; asking questions of team members and supervisors when needing clarification about various day-to-day issues or patient needs; and reviewing employee communication pieces, to stay aware of UnityPoint at Home programs and initiatives.




Basic UPH Performance Criteria        

·       Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·       Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·       Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·       Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·       Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·       Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.





Minimum Requirements






  • Graduate of State Board approved program for Occupational Therapy Assistants and valid license as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. 






  • Experience with Microsoft Office software applications.
  • Minimum CNA 75 hour
  • Knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • One year experience in a health care field.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative team member.
  • Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of rehabilitation principles and practices including the ability to carry out the procedures in the home.






  • ICM Certification
  • Valid licensed driver with automobile insurance in accordance with state(s) and/or organizational requirements. 

·       Mandatory Reporter: Child & Dependent Adult Abuse.

·       Person Centered Care (PCC) course completion within first 12 months of hire and annual completion of competency validation activities.

  • CPR: Maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification.






·       Strong interpersonal skills, prioritization skills, communication skills with interdisciplinary team.

·       Meets all performance appraisal standards according to the COTA clinical competence

·       Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and processes.

·       Strong technology skills.

·       Integrated Care Management (ICM) certification or successful completion of certification within one year of employment.







Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.


Job ID: 76577

Posted 22 days ago

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