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Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA (Per Diem)

Benefits Eligibility (Employment Type):  Select benefits (0-19 hours per week)
Shift Type:  Day
Shift Length:  Variable
Primary Location (City):  Ketchikan
State:  AK

PeaceHealth is seeking a Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA (Per Diem) for a per diem, Day shift position.

Req ID: 144722



Administers individualized therapy under supervision of the Occupational Therapist.  Provides supportive care of chronically ill and/or disabled clients to enhance skills of daily living, cognitive perceptual motor abilities and muscle functioning.




  1. Carry out therapy plan of care for clients.
  2. Work collaboratively to ensure successful delivery of daily programming for all clients, by assisting with mobility, nutrition, personal care and activities as available.
  3. Measure and document performance status and other findings as appropriate.
  4. Train staff and clients in safe techniques for transfer, ambulation and use of assistive devices.  
  5. Function as primary caseworker for assigned participants to develop and implement individual care plans and goals in conjunction with the RN Care Manager.
  6. Document client participation, progress and changes in condition weekly and as needed.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.




  • High School Graduate or Equivalent required
  • Two year Associate Degree preferred
  • Continuing education to maintain current knowledge and skills.



  • Previous experience working with disabled and/or elderly individuals preferred.



  • Current CPR certification required.
  • Washington State Food Handler’s permit
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant required.



  • Expert knowledge of wheelchairs, walkers, canes, transfer and rehabilitative techniques
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with individuals and groups, including staff, professional colleagues in the community, older/disabled adults; and family members
  • Responsive to special needs and demands in a respectful and compassionate manner
  • Demonstrates positive problem-solving skills and collaborative interdisciplinary approach.



  • Work requires active physical exertion from 34 to 65% of the time.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 80 lbs. or less.          
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.  Reasonably anticipated exposure to blood and body fluids.  Duties require the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail (more than 66% of work time).     
  • Provides patient care in an uncontrolled home environment; operates motor vehicle on urban and rural roadways up to 25% of each day.


Please apply online to be considered. For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.


About PeaceHealth


PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of its founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission.


We offer competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a collaborative, Mission-driven work environment! To learn more about working at PeaceHealth and the Ketchikan community please visit our homepage:


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Location: Ketchikan, PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center (301)
Job Category:  Rehab Therapies 
Shift:  Day
Shift Length: Variable
FTE: 0.0
Work Type:  Per Diem/Relief
Hourly compensation starts at: $23.40, more depending on experience
Required Certifications/Licensure: Basic Life Support; Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Alaska


PeaceHealth is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran; qualified individual with a disability; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; pregnancy; gender identity; national origin; age; genetic information; sexual orientation; or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.


The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.


Posting Notes: Ketchikan || Rehab Therapies || Occupational Therapy || Per Diem/Relief || REHABILITATION SVCS

Nearest Major Market: Alaska
Nearest Secondary Market: Anchorage

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