Occ. Code 5901200
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, GRADE 16
SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, GRADE 18
New York State Department of Civil Service
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES
Occupational Therapists plan, conduct, and evaluate individual and group occupational therapy treatment programs based on individuals needs. These programs prevent further physical and mental impairment and restore or improve physical and mental capacities to aid in individuals treatment and recovery.
Occupational Therapists are primarily classified in the Department of Health, the Office of Mental Health, and the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: entry level; under the supervision of a Senior Occupational Therapist or higher-level clinician, plans, conducts, and evaluates treatment procedures using appropriate therapeutic and rehabilitative activities.
SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: full performance level; under the direction of a Head or Chief Occupational Therapist or higher-level clinician, performs the full range of occupational therapy functions; and may supervise Occupational Therapists and other subordinate occupational therapy staff.
Head and Chief Occupational Therapists oversee the occupational therapy program for a hospital, major treatment program, or facility, and supervise Senior Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, and direct care staff.
Occupational Therapy Assistants are paraprofessionals who assist Occupational Therapists in performing treatment and constructive activities, such as manual and creative arts, to improve or restore capacities in the mental, physical, or emotional functioning of patients.
Under the general supervision of a Senior Occupational Therapist or higher-level clinician:
SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Under the supervision of a Head or Chief Occupational Therapist, Treatment Team Leader, or higher-level clinician, performs the full range of occupational therapy duties described above with a greater degree of independence.
Open Competitive: possession of a license and current registration to practice as an Occupational Therapist in New York State.
SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Open Competitive: possession of a license and current registration to practice as an Occupational Therapist in New York State and one year of post-licensure experience.
Promotion: one year of service as an Occupational Therapist.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.