Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist - CDRS or OT / PT / COTA / PTA

Full Time
1199 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
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Job Description

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation- Outpatient

West Orange

Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) 


(Driver Rehab experience preferred or an experienced driving instructor)

Status: Full-time

40 hours/week


Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, one of the nation's leading rehabilitation hospitals. Founded in 1948, Kessler has continued to expand its programs and services to meet the growing demand for quality outpatient physical and occupational therapies. In addition, Kessler has more than 100+ outpatient centers in 14 counties across New Jersey, and treats more than 38,000 patients each year.


By carefully integrating clinical expertise, experience and leading-edge technologies, Kessler helps to optimize the recovery of individuals with orthopedic, sports and work-related injuries, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions and other physical rehabilitation needs.


Kessler is not only committed to the health and quality of life of its patients, but to the well-being of its communities. Our hospital and centers host a wide range of free educational events, screenings and seminars and offer programming to local schools and colleges, libraries, community organizations, youth centers, sports and recreation leagues, and other groups.


Looking for a full time (40 hr/wk, M-F) Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist or an OT, COTA, PT or PTA interested in the field of driver rehabilitation and willing to earn the designation as a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) for the Driver Rehabilitation Program at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation West Orange, NJ campus.   This staff member will join a large, multi-disciplinary neuro rehabilitation team, with PT, OT, SLP services.


Job duties include performing comprehensive driving evaluations with clients of varying abilities, follow-up driving sessions, along with marketing and program development. 


Specific Duties:

Provides clinical and service excellence with the provision of patient care.  Through their actions, consistently demonstrates best practice while communicating with and performing initial evaluations, treatment planning, treatment progression, ongoing assessments, goal setting, alternative referrals and discharge planning for the clients referred to the driver rehabilitation program. Through comprehensive history taking and utilization of appropriate objective measures and standardized tests is able to establish an action plan that addresses the clients’ specific needs and goals. Is able to understand and comply with diagnosis specific medical instructions, restrictions and precautions. Demonstrates ability to utilize appropriate clinical decision making to maximize client outcomes. Identifies client barriers, such as accessibility, language, age specific needs, culture and learning differences that may impede functional progress, follows best practices established by Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) and works with rehab team to collectively resolve issues.



Minimum Education & Experience (Including Licenses)

  1. Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree in health related field required.
  2. Eligible to obtain valid New Jersey State licensure as a driving instructor.
  3. Previous experience teaching persons with disabilities preferred.

Requires a current and valid PT, OT, PTA, or COTA license and CDRS. Licensed experience in a neuro outpatient setting is also required. 

Additional Data

Select Medical is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.



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