Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (Acute) .8 SJ (5627)
Franciscan Health System - Tacoma, WA

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Job Summary


In accordance with our mission and core values, the certified occupational therapist assistant treats patients with neuro/musculoskeletal movement disorders, following the outlined treatment plan, utilizing knowledge, judgement, and therapeutic skills to return the patient to the highest functional level possible. The COTA functions as a part of the multi disciplinary team treating the patient to meet established goals, following practice guidelines, regulatory standards, and department procedures.

Essential Duties


Understands terminology and interpretation of the evaluation/assessment of the patient completed by the occupational therapist.

Assesses the patient's general condition prior to each treatment session.

Suggests re-evaluation of the patient by the therapist if their condition has changed significantly.

Follows occupational therapy treatment to support the established therapy and patient goals.

Documents the patient's response to the treatment plan and makes changes as appropriate.

Revises FIM Score based on the patient’s response to treatment and progress.

Performs or assist in the therapeutic treatment or procedures according to protocol, standards and department policy.

Monitors the patient care record for information on the patient's condition, discharge plan and other multi-disciplinary caregiver notes that are pertinent to the ongoing occupational therapy being provided.




High school diploma required.



Three-month internship, which is part of Occupational Therapy Assisting School program.



BLS required.

Current state Occupational Therapist Assistant License/Certification

Additional Responsibilities


Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times

Adheres to and exhibits our core values:

: Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.


: Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness.


: Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.


: Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.

Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times

Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines

Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members

Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community

Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers.


Rehabilitation Therapy Services

Primary Location

WA-Tacoma-St Joseph Medical Center



Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period


Weekends Required



Part Time

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