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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 306O
Category: Health Care


Provides occupational therapy services to patients using specialized skills, including assessment, treatment program planning and implementation, and related documentation.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, assesses, plans, and implements occupational therapy services.  Participates in the instruction and evaluation of students or staff.

Typical Work

Performs all duties of Occupational Therapist 1; evaluates and treats patients with a variety of physical and mental disabilities; 

Administers treatment, training and physical agents as determined by evaluation; 

Evaluates and administers treatment for functional living skills such as self care, homemaking, range of motion, muscle testing, cognitive, visual perception, vocational and avocational skills, splinting, assistive technology, community integration and/or driver’s training; 

Instructs occupational therapy assistants and students in occupational therapy procedures;  

Leads or participates in specialized psychiatric occupational therapy; 

Performs related duties as required; 

May supervise or direct the work of others.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: skeletal, muscular, and neuro‑anatomy; mental illness; principles, materials, modalities, and equipment of occupational therapy; various handicrafts; safety precautions; evaluative report writing. 

Ability to: plan and modify projects to fit particular disorder of patient; gain cooperation of patients; establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians and other staff; instruct staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Licensed by the state of Washington as an Occupational Therapist or has a valid probational certificate issued by the State of Washington to practice occupational therapy.

Desirable Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited occupational therapy program and successful completion of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination AND 18 months of professional occupational therapy experience.
Equivalent experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-3-73.
Revise Class: 3-23-87.
Revise MQ: 7-2-90.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Occupational Therapist II), class code (formerly 6141), definition, and distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work, adds knowledge and abilities, revises minimum qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.
Class plan maintenance to legal requirements and desirable qualifications; salary adjustment; effective July 1, 2023.