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Occupational Therapist

X33

Basic Purpose

Positions within this job family are assigned responsibilities involving providing and/or supervising the delivery of screening, evaluation, assessment, consultation, and intervention services in an occupational therapy program.

Typical Functions

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

  • Plans, conducts, and evaluates occupational therapy treatment/intervention and activities.

  • Interprets physician referrals and determines appropriate evaluation procedures.

  • Makes recommendations concerning standardized treatments/intervention based on medical indications.

  • Completes patient assessments concerning independent living skills, occupational performance, pre-vocational work adjustment, educational skills, social skills and abilities.

  • Tests neuro-muscular, motor, cognitive and psycho-social skills.

  • Interprets results and proposes a treatment/intervention plan, including short and long range goals, frequency and duration.

  • Provides treatment/intervention according to the prescribed plan, including task oriented activities, prevocational activities, neuro-motor and sensory-motor activities and patient/family counseling and activities.

  • Participates in the assessment, design and fabrication of adaptive equipment and orthotic devices.

  • Evaluates patient response to treatment/intervention and makes recommendations on changes in treatment as required.

  • Maintains records concerning treatment/intervention provided, including both subjective and objective data.

  • Initiates discharge planning, prepares discharge summary, orders required equipment, and instructs patients and care providers in home program.

  • Participates in a multidisciplinary team to assist in developing intervention strategies to meet the clients needs.

  • May provide limited supervision and training to therapy assistants and aides in the care and treatment of patients and the proper completion of standardized procedures.

Level Descriptors

The Occupational Therapist job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the complexity of assigned duties, the depth and breadth of accountability, the expertise required to perform assigned duties and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I: Code: X33A Salary Band: K

This is the basic level where incumbents perform beginning level professional work as an occupational therapist and develop their technical skills in screening, evaluation, assessment, program planning and intervention while assisting in or performing various treatments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethics of professional occupational therapy; of therapeutic techniques and their application; and of the materials used in occupational therapy programs.  Ability is required to use therapeutic equipment and materials; to evaluate various skills and abilities; to administer prescribed treatments or conduct planned activities; to interpret medical plans; to establish effective working relationships with others; and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a current Oklahoma license as an Occupational Therapist issued by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.  (At this level only:  A letter of eligibility issued by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision will be accepted as long as the letter of eligibility remains valid.  However, a valid permanent license as an Occupational Therapist must be obtained prior to the expiration of the probationary period.)

Level II: Code: X33B Salary Band: L

This is the career level where incumbents perform all duties of an occupational therapist at the full performance level.  The incumbent will assume a lead role in evaluation, assessment, program planning and intervention.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the principles and practices of professional occupational therapy; of therapeutic techniques and their application to occupational therapy; of standardized treatments prescribed for various conditions; of the procedures to evaluate various skills and abilities; and of the supplies, materials and equipment used in conducting occupational therapy programs.  Ability is required to use therapeutic equipment and materials; to evaluate various skills and abilities; to administer prescribed treatments and conduct planned activities; to interpret medical prescriptions; to establish effective working relationships with others; to effectively communicate both orally and in writing; to exercise initiative and independent judgment; and to mentor occupational therapy students during field work experience.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one year of professional experience as a licensed Occupational Therapist; or an advanced level masters degree or doctorate in pediatric rehabilitative services, pediatric occupational therapy, special education, or a closely related field may be substituted for the required experience.

Level III: Code: X33C Salary Band: M

This is the specialist level where incumbents are assigned responsibilities involving advanced level duties in occupational therapy.  Incumbents at this level may assume a lead role in evaluation, assessment, program planning, intervention, and supervise occupational therapy students during field work experience.  May provide in-service training in areas of recognized expertise at the local, regional and state level.  Positions which are the only occupational therapist at a facility with overall responsibility for the program are also included at this level.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus ability is required to develop occupational therapy treatment plans;  and to provide in-service training at the local, regional and state levels in identified areas of expertise.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of qualifying experience or an advanced level masters degree or doctorate in pediatric rehabilitative services, pediatric occupational therapy, special education (or other similar degree) may be substituted for two years only of the required experience.

Level IV: Code: X33D Salary Band: N

This is the leadership level where incumbents are assigned responsibility for developing and implementing an occupational therapy program at an assigned location to insure that required treatments and activities are provided to individuals and groups. This includes direct supervision responsibilities and the coordination of program requirements between units and with other divisions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus ability is required to direct, supervise and evaluate the work of others; to develop occupational therapy programs and plans; and to organize and coordinate occupational therapy activities.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional years of qualifying experience.

Special Requirements

Some agencies may require experience with specified client populations within the last five years.

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