Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 6500


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Salary Range 11 $2379 $2464 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103


The THERAPY AIDE provides support to a therapy unit by performing a variety of routine therapy and therapy related tasks and activities in the care and treatment of patients having physical and/or mental disabilities.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


Allocation of positions to this class will depend on the total work performed which may include one or a combination of the duties or tasks listed below.

  1. Therapy Activities. Typical tasks: assembles materials and equipment and sets up or prepares projects needed to carry out therapy activity; guides and supervises patients/residents in groups or on a one-to-one basis in general activity programs; prepares patients/residents for therapy treatment; instructs patients/residents on the use of supportive devices such as wheelchairs and crutches; instructs patients/residents in various manual, recreational, and creative activities; under supervision, writes preliminary drafts of task analyses, (e.g., listing the steps to be followed by patient for brushing teeth); assumes responsibility for control of assigned patients/residents while they are involved in therapy.
  2. Patient Care/Transportation. Typical tasks: assists assigned residents/patients with personal needs such as dressing, eating, toileting; helps dress and undress residents/patients for hydrotherapy; escorts ambulatory patients/residents to and from treatment or activity area; transports patients/residents in wheelchairs to and from treatment or activity area; accompanies patients/residents to and from activities on and off the grounds of the facility.
  3. Clerical Activities. Typical tasks: observes and orally reports progress and reaction of patient/resident in therapy program to professional therapy staff; charts patient care given; keeps attendance records; prepares written records of patient/resident reactions, progress, or problems in therapy program; schedules patients/residents for therapy activities; operates copier and laminating equipment to prepare materials used in therapy activities.
  4. Housekeeping Activities. Typical tasks: puts away materials and equipment used in therapy; cleans treatment and activity area and equipment; dries water on floors; cleans whirlpool.
  5. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: attends in service training programs; orders supplies needed to carry out therapy activities.


Employees in this class have in-person contact for most of each workday with patients/residents having physical and/or mental disabilities to carry out therapy related program activities.


Employees in this class work under the close supervision of an administrative superior who assigns work verbally and occasionally in writing. Employees in this class work under specific instructions from supervisor or other professional therapy staff in carrying out therapy activities and other therapy related activities. Work is reviewed for conformance to State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations through weekly meetings and by daily observation of patient care and treatment techniques provided by these employees. Procedural manuals are used as guidelines in performing clerical related tasks. Specific oral or written instructions are followed in carrying out therapy related tasks.


Positions are primarily found in mental health institutions or hospitals. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location. Some positions require the willingness to work varying shifts and weekends.


Minimum Qualifications are not established for this classification. The appointing authority is responsible for recruitment and selection.