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Boost Your PT Income by 20% through Hand Therapy Certification

Author Travel Force Staffing | 09.20 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, certifications, Education, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Ongoing Education, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Experienced physical therapists can boost their income by up to 20% by becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT). Hand therapy has traditionally been the primary domain of occupational therapists; however there is a strong demand for PT hand therapists amongst many in the medical community.

Cindy Johnson, PT, DPT, CHT, president of the hand rehabilitation section for the American Physical Therapy Association stated, “There is a shortage in general of hand therapists, but PT hand therapists are sought after. They are never wanting for a job.”

CHTs treat more than the hand

Hand rehabilitation includes not just the hand but the wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle. The practice merges physical and occupational therapy by combining PTs structural knowledge of the upper limb with OTs expertise with functional activities.hand therapy certification

Hand therapists may treat patients for a number of reasons including:

  • Structural damage from severe burns
  • Nerve compression syndrome
  • Tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Distal radius fractures
  • Flexor tendon rehabilitation from surgery or injury

Advantages of having a CHT Designation

Current research presents a strong link between the health of the spine and the operation of the upper limb. Johnson states, “Research is coming out stating you can’t treat the hand without treating the spine. That is not part of an OT practice, but it is part of a PT practice.” A study posted in the Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy by Joshua Cleland, DPT OCS demonstrates that patients with tennis elbow have improved treatment results when therapy is directed toward the cervicthoracic spine in addition to the elbow.

Physical therapists with a CHT designation can increase their patient load:

  • By offering a higher level of skill
  • By treating multiple trauma patients with severe hand and upper limb injuries
  • Through increased referrals from hand surgeons who are increasingly opting for CHTs

Physical therapists with a CHT make up only 14% of the 5,510 hand therapists in the United States. Physical therapists choosing to pursue the hand therapy certification require five years of experience as a full-time PT. Before an applicant can write the half-day certification exam, they must complete and document at least 4,000 hours of direct hand therapy treatments.

Advance Your CHT Career with Travel Therapy Jobs

Physical and occupational therapists receive free continuing education classes and certifications through our travel therapy jobs program. Travel Force Staffing specializes in career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied professionals. Find therapy jobs at facilities offering the latest technology and advancements in your field. We have jobs in Outpatient Centers, Rehab Centers, skilled nursing facilities, and top rehabilitation hospitals rated the best by U.S. News & World Report.

Getting started is easy taking just a few minutes. You can fill out an application online or contact us at 1-800-617-0608 to speak with an expert consultant.

Continuing Education for Physical Therapists can Boost Your Career Trajectory

Author Travel Force Staffing | 06.20 | Category Certifications, Healthcare Industry Trends, Ongoing Education, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Nurse Blog, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

There is no doubt that physical therapists provide a valuable and needed service to the general public. PTs provide healing treatments to patients recovering from injuries, accidents, medical ailments and surgeries. Specific goals may include working on the patient’s motor skills, flexibility, range of motion and overall physical health. Maintaining their own good health, Physical Therapists must be physically fit in their own right in order to assist their patients with standing, sitting and walking.

How You Can Stand Out from Your Peers

Continuing education programs are available to the more than 60,000 members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) of which less than 10 percent have taken advantage. Physical Therapists with improved clinical skills are recognized with Board-certified status and are exposed to a greater number of PT career opportunities and premium pay rates.

Travel Force Staffing offers free Continuing Education (CE) as part of our benefits’ package including online courses that allow PTs who are on assignment to test in real-time. While accruing continuing education credits, Physical Therapists can further their career by fulfilling state board requirements.

Areas of additional education and training include:physical therapist provide treatment to patient

  • CCS (Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Certified Specialist)
  • ECS (Clinical Electrophysiologic Certified Specialist)
  • GCS (Geriatric Certified Specialist)
  • NCS (Neurologic Certified Specialist)
  • OCS (Orthopaedic Certified Specialist)
  • PCS (Pediatric Certified Specialist)
  • SCS (Sports Certified Specialist)
  • WCS (Women’s Health Certified Specialist)

The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) also offers continuing education in paediatrics, sports and women’s health. Certification in any of these fields usually yields an above average income when compared to non-certified physical therapists.

Physical Therapist Jobs

Travel Force Staffing professionals are highly trained in physical therapy recruitment and the positioning of both permanent and travel employment. We specialize in staffing Outpatient and Rehab Centers, skilled nursing facilities and the most renowned rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.

Travel Force assures you that every qualification is considered to ensure that you are placed in the right position and obtain the best pay possible. PTs are in demand nationwide and there are literally thousands of physical therapy job openings for travel and permanent positions.

Whether you are looking for a new physical therapy job or are a healthcare employer looking to fortify your workforce, Travel Force Staffing has the resources to help achieve your objective.  Contact us online now and find out how our therapy staffing services can benefit your organization. Or call us at 1-800-617-0608 to discuss your options with a Travel Force representative.

Therapy License Worthy of a Careful Review as We Begin 2012

Author Travel Force Staffing | 01.13 | Category Career Tips, Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist

With a brand new year under way, it’s time to get organized—and in your therapy career the most logical place to start is making sure your therapy license is in order. Travel Force is proud to provide therapy career resources that include links to all 50 U.S. physical therapy boards and 24/7 access to customer care should questions arise about obtaining state licensure in one or multiple states. Remember that we post new jobs round the clock, offering high paying opportunities in both travel therapy jobs and permanent jobs.

Travel Therapists will want to obtain multiple state licenses, so that when new travel physical therapy jobs open up from coast to coast, you’re ready to accept immediately. As an incentive, our staffing agency provides, whenever applicable, reimbursement for licensure board costs and travel expenses. Call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online to open up a line of communication with our recruiting team; they’ll want to discuss how far you can take your therapy career and what you need to do to get the ball rolling.

Whether you’re comfortable in your current therapy job or planning your next move, bookmarking our therapy career resources page is a great idea; it’ll help you stay current on allied health trends, events, and matters concerning your continuing education and earning potential.

Therapy Career Links Worth Remembering

OTA’s, physical and occupational therapists, as well as speech language pathologists will want to familiarize themselves with these sites, useful for anyone in therapy jobs and physical therapy jobs at Travel Force Staffing.

Physical Therapy Boards
Occupational Therapy Associations
Speech Language Pathology Associations

Once again, don’t pass on making the New Year your perfect excuse to check in with your state licensure board. You’ll want to ensure no complaints have been filed, and no expiration have passed on continuing education requirements; a failure to meet these standards or forget to pay small periodic fees could result in the revocation of your state board issued therapy license—and nobody wants that. It’s just a gentle reminder from your #1 staffing agency. We know you’re in control of your therapy career and ready to prosper this year. Happy 2012 everyone!

National Allied Health Professionals Week Celebrates Therapists

Author Travel Force Staffing | 11.01 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, CFY, Monthly Events, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist

Feel Appreciated November 1-7, 2011!

The first week of November is National Allied Health Professionals Week, and honors the contributions of therapists from coast to coast. To physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists in the U.S., therapist staffing agency, Travel Force Staffing, says ‘Thank you, for the skill and high training you bring to your therapy jobs in all 50 states!’

Your healthcare staffing agency provides therapy career resources that help allied health professionals keep up with the extraordinary job gains predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, who, in 2006, predicted 4 million new health care jobs that are still on a steady climb—and forecasted to keep on growing until 2016!

Travel Therapy Jobs Are Just One Way to Increase Allied Health Awareness

For patients in need of rehabilitative care, there can be no greater contribution than sharing your talents as a therapist in a wide variety of healthcare settings that travel therapy jobs provide. Remember that allied healthcare professionals and the travel therapists among them constitute approximately 60% of caregivers in American healthcare today—so make sure you get the word out about your large and invaluable presence in the medical community! Since travel therapists encounter many different people with an interest in what they do, be sure to sponsor an activity, like a pot-luck, sports game or raffle that generates proceeds and honors local therapists.

Helping Give Talented SLPs, PTs and OTs Their Due

Working in a therapy career, though challenging, means your chosen road is high paying, incredibly rewarding and recession proof! Bookmark our physical therapy certification page to learn more about advancing your PT career.

Are you an ambitious occupational therapist looking to make your mark? Read this related blog about your therapy career’s boundless opportunities and high wages. We may also be the perfect fit for a newly graduated speech language pathologist, hunting for a lucrative CFY job—or ultimate speech language pathology job.

What Are You Waiting For? Call Travel Force Staffing Now!

Because we are affiliated with America’s best hospitals and offer free private housing and bonuses as part of a generous benefits package, all our rehab jobs put physical therapists within reach of a six-figure salary. It’s as easy as calling 1-800-617-0608; or, simply apply online! But between clicks, take the time to bask in your achievements this week, as a valued member of America’s allied healthcare workforce!

10 Reasons to Switch to Travel Therapy Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 08.25 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Continuing Education Units (CEU), Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Job Questions, Rehabilitation Therapy, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Job Bonus, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist

Allied healthcare professionals, drawn to new cultures, climates and the travel done in between, covet high paying occupational and physical therapy jobs offered by prestigious staffing agencies. If you’re looking to take your therapy career to the next level, one that offers a competitive salary, free luxury private housing and more, please do read on!

Checklist: 10 Reasons to Switch to Travel Therapy Jobs

  1. Travel therapy jobs let your inner-traveler go beyond guidebooks: Sites and attractions are to be enjoyed at your sole discretion and leisure. It’s not like you’re the average tourist, trying to cram everything into one vacation.
  2. Staffing consultants work closely with every therapist. Thanks to VIP customer care, you tailor your own therapist career, living where you want, working the hours that suit you best.
  3. Continuing Education is free. Advance in your therapist career from the comfort of your laptop. We have hundreds of online classes to choose from! See some of the  Free CE online courses
  4. These therapy jobs are flexible! If you fall in love with a city during your therapy job, you can easily arrange to extend that position or find a permanent therapist job in your desired city.
  5. Free private housing is located in a prime location. Live in apartments with amenities that encourage exercise (i.e. pools and gyms) and are either very close to your travel therapy job or located next to public transportation.
  6. Get a bonus when you refer a therapist! Be sure to refer a colleague who loves the idea of a travel therapist lifestyle too.  See current travel therapy jobs bonuses.
  7. Company matched 401(k) and travel reimbursements come with every travel therapy job. Once you peruse the Travel Force benefits package, you’ll want to sign on!
  8. Accepting a travel therapy job means lightening your load. A consultant handles the particulars; the only thing you must do is ace your job interview, pack your belongings and get on the road. Deciding what the essentials are rids your life of clutter. See basic travel therapy job documentation needed to get started
  9. Making plans for your future has never been this fun. Formulate a list of “Must-See places” before embarking on your new therapy career. Cram your glove compartment with maps and guidebooks. It’s a great opportunity for graduate physical therapists coming out of college.
  10. You build confidence by working in more than just one facility. Increase your ability to adapt, acclimate and thrive in travel therapy jobs.

Travel Force Staffing Professionals Help You Learn to Travel Light

Allied healthcare professionals love travel therapy jobs because they are flexible, challenging, and offer great career benefits and pay when compared to permanent positions. Travel therapy jobs allow you to be the architect of where you work and for how long—rest assured our SLP jobs, physical and occupational therapy jobs are in America’s best hospitals; 80% of our affiliates appear in a top rated list, published consistently in U.S. News & World Report. Remember our checklist of why becoming a travel therapist is a brilliant move. You want to travel light, even if a decision like this is seldom made lightly—that is exactly why you need an expert staffing agency to help you take the plunge.

Travel Force Staffing provides recruitment solutions for America’s top rated rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient and Rehab centers, skilled nursing facilities, and private therapy practices located in all 50 U.S. states. Our experienced team of staffing experts place physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, surgical technologists and per diem staff and other allied healthcare professionals into therapy careers nationwide. Contact us today at 800-617-0608 for instant access to cutting edge recruitment technology, therapy career resources, news, and information.

Required Documentation for Travel Therapy Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 02.01 | Category Allied Healthcare, How to Tips, How To's, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy Job Questions, Travel physical therapy jobs

travel therapy documentationTalk about a “frequently asked question”! Many rehabilitation therapists who are considering a travel therapy job, especially the new physical therapy graduates, ask us what kind documentation is required for traveling. There are some basic requirements for all travel therapy jobs. Plus — depending on your specialty and the facility where you’ll be working — additional documentation may be required. Your travel therapy job consultant will let you know if additional paperwork is expected as you go along. Still, you’ll make the process more efficient by gathering the paperwork listed below, and you’ll reduce any stress that comes with that last-minute scramble:

  • Copies of all active state rehabilitation therapy licenses — please don’t send originals, just photocopies of your licenses — front and back. 
  • Copies of your signed AHA-issued BCLS for healthcare providers
  • Any other special certifications needed for your clinical area. See this list of allied professional organizations
  • Legible copy of your driver’s license, color copy recommended
  • A Physician Statement completed within 12 months prior to your start date. Keep in mind that it’s easier to get a signature during a doctor’s visit, so bring a statement form with you on your next appointment — even if you’re just starting your therapy job search.
  • Titre results with lab values for:
    • Rubeola
    • Rubella
    • Varicella
    • Hep C, Hep B and Mumps titres may also be required, so if you have had any of these drawn, save your results.
  • Documentation of annual seasonal influenza vaccine
  • Documentation including implantation date, read date and mm of your last two or three PPD’s
  • Respirator Fit Test. Whenever you have a respirator fit test, request a copy of the results for your records; you will need it.

Although it isn’t required once you have completed your therapist job online application and skills lists, a current resume is a very helpful addition to your file. A current resume can help us fill in some of the details about your work history, so we strongly encourage you to upload a resume when available. You’ll also want to collect the contact information from the individuals who will be serving as job references. Find a list of therapist job forms and documentation.

You can complete and fax or email any travel therapist job forms to your consultant at Travel Force’s secure fax or email address:

  • secure fax #: 888-884-6510.
  • secure email:

Securing licensure approval in a new state can take eight weeks or longer. So if you’re interested in Texas physical therapist jobs, it’s a good idea to start looking into Texas licensure ahead of time. Travel Force Staffing can help with securing licensure and licensure reimbursement for working travelers. We review the paperwork basics with experienced and first-time travel therapists alike — and we remind everyone to keep their resume and their skills lists up-to-date. Every job you take can make you a more sought-after rehab therapist. So touch base with your travel therapy agency now and again to update your skills check lists and profile. In no time at all, you’ll be happily situated in your ideal travel therapy job.

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Securing a TN Visa or E-3 Visa is a Straightforward Process to get U.S. Physical Therapists Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 10.21 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, How to Tips, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Job Questions, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist

Canadian, Mexican and Australian Rehab Graduates seeking U.S. Physical Therapists Jobs check out Travel Force’s all new career resource page to find out why…

Are you a foreign trained physical therapist who wants to get to work in a top paying therapy job with full benefits? Travel Force has a new TN Visa page worthy of your bookmark! If you are a physical therapist or occupational therapist and hold Canadian or Mexican citizenry, you are eligible for the TN Visa.

Travel Force’s Information on the TN Visa is a One-Stop Career Resource!

As a non-immigrant NAFTA Professional, your TN Visa allows you to work legally and without delay in the United States, provided you have a confirmed job offer from a U.S. employer—Travel Force is prepared to be that employer, offering visa sponsorship, in addition to a full benefits package with full-time employment. Our TN visa page is a vital career resource that links to:

  • TN Visa eligibility criteria
  • US Embassy and Consulate Services
  • A complete list of USA state licensing authorities
  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) requirements
  • Visa Credentials Assessment or VisaScreen Certificate
  • TOEFL official website

TN Visa Basic Requirements: A Recap

The Travel Force TN Visa resource page says it all, but as a refresher, Canadian and Mexican PTs and OTs should expect to prove the following:

  • Citizenship of Canada or Mexico
  • Qualifications that meet TN Visa regulations
  • A Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist license in the state applicant intends to practice
  • A confirmed full-time therapy job with a U.S. employer

What do Australian Applicants to Travel Force have to gain?

Australian nationals coming to the United States, trained in physical therapy or occupational therapy—who also hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent—are eligible for the E-3 Visa; introduced in 2005, it enables professionals, along with their spouses and children, to come to the US to work in a specialty occupation.

Don’t just bookmark us! Contact Travel Force today!
From Down Under, Mexico or the Canadian Rockies, your future in a competitive, high paying physical therapy or occupational therapist career is on hold until you contact a staffing expert at 800-617-0608 or Apply Online Now.

Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month this October

Author Travel Force Staffing | 10.01 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Monthly Events, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Therapy Jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist, Videos

October puts physical therapists in the spotlight! In 1982 the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) changed from National Physical Therapy Week, to a month long celebratory event for physical therapists nationwide. This year’s 2010 theme is: Move Forward: Physical Therapists bring motion to life—not just a slogan, but APTA sponsored site; one that gives both therapists and their patients, the chance to explore the positive effects of physical therapy for everyone involved.

National Physical Therapy Month does its part to increase the general public’s awareness of what physical therapists do, and the diversity of patients helped by their expertise. Whether young, old, injured in an accident, or as the result of illness and disease, a licensed physical therapist, often board certified in one or more of 8 physical therapy specialties, is highly trained to improve patients’ range of motion, balance, strength and flexibility.

But as a physical therapist working for Travel Force, or likeminded staffing agency, you already know this—we’re just giving you extra reasons to bring National Physical Therapy month to your patients’ attention; they may benefit from APTA’s “Motion to Life Site”, where a quiz, reader poll and more lets them access their current level of motion, and see if they have a health issue that merits a visit to your office.

Why are physical therapists making headlines?

As the world watched Spain capture the world cup during the FIFA games this summer, the general public was more aware than ever of the need for physical therapists and their ability to heal, as seen in this sports related injuries video.

Health Information Technology (IT) has also taken the physical therapy world by storm, and offers new and innovative ways of preparing therapists for future sessions with patients; you’ll enjoy watching the video that enhances our article about virtual reality training.

With so much to sit back and take in, maybe we should pop some popcorn; instead please accept our simple thanks. Travel Force wishes to add its own “tip of the hat” to a worldwide appreciation for what physical therapists do. We are proud to offer physical therapy jobs from coast to coast and everywhere in between that challenge and reward qualified applicants with top benefits, competitive pay, as well as traveling and permanent therapy positions in some of the best rehabilitative hospitals in America.

National Physical Therapy Month is just one of many occasions that serve to remind physical therapists of a competitive present and future in their field; the APTA cites a 27% jump in hiring by 2016 (as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), and the majority of physical therapists with doctorates in hand (DPT degree) by 2020.

Travel Force career resources help you stay on track 365 days a year

Travel Force Staffing offers current and aspiring physical therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants career resources that help them stay on track toward achieving licensing whether they are foreign trained or educated in the U.S. We have quick links to APTA accredited physical therapy schools and member board information in all 50 states. Check us out, and apply online today!

In the meantime, think about the ways physical therapy touches the lives of your patients and leave us a comment about how you, personally, are bringing motion to life!

Tips for Recent Graduates Seeking Permanent or Travel Physical Therapy Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 09.15 | Category Career Tips, How to Tips, How To's, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist

How to get your therapist career on the fast track to success

Congratulations on completing a masters or doctorate degree in physical therapy! Now it’s time to land the perfect physical therapy job. New graduates include students with a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree, who spent part of a two-year program doing fieldwork in a clinical setting, and the Physical Therapy Doctorates—a more comprehensive three-year program that fulfills the highest standards in a clinical internship.

How far can you go as a Physical Therapist?

Those holding a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) from an accredited have hit the ground running. DPTs can expect to land a physical therapy job right away—even with limited experience. The rehab facility that hires a DPT will ask experienced physical therapists on staff to mentor the new recruit. These rehab facilities are likely to offer recent graduates a travel physical therapy job.

Masters level gradates can also expect a lucrative future; they are qualified to take the National Physical Therapy Exam and obtain licensure to practice in any state. Just as it is for DPTs, many healthcare employers see both permanent and travel physical therapist applicants as ideal candidates to train and provide unlimited continuing education credits (CEUs).

What makes a newly graduated physical therapist hirable?

Healthcare employers are looking for specific traits in the physical therapists they interview; the ideal candidate should be able to exhibit the skills he or she has learned during working internships or prior job experience, even if it was as an unpaid position. This much should be clear at the interview for a physical therapy job:

  • Ability to multi-task
  • High energy level
  • Affinity for fast learning
  • Ability to work independently
  • Exudes self-confidence
  • Possesses excellent communication skills
  • Eager to heal patients
  • Professional and career focused

New graduates grow their skills and expertise in physical therapy jobs, learning how to perfect and expedite their careers with clinical resources and topics that include articles like the Top 40 tips prepared for recent physical therapist graduates looking to get ahead. Physical Therapists are also encouraged to check out social media sites, like Facebook for the full scoop on job opportunities, cutting edge trends in physical therapy, and more.

How to find an ideal permanent or travel physical therapy job

Permanent physical therapy jobs offer bright futures, as there are always healthcare employers willing to train and work through learning curves. Permanent therapy jobs at Travel Force feature the opportunity to work in select specialties nationwide, with assistance from our experts that let you work in a desired location.

Life as a traveling physical therapist means you’re constantly changing things up, working in as many as four different medical facilities a year. Keeping things fast paced and new is a smart way to operate in the early stages of your physical therapy career.

When you work with Travel Force, your resume is padded with the most recognizable and well-received rehabilitation hospitals in America, where you enjoy benefits that include:

Physical Therapy Travel Career Benefits

Why new grads need an expert staffing partner

Successful job searches begin with a Joint Commission Certified agency, like Travel Force Staffing, offering immediate access to physical therapy career resources. In order to practice physical therapy in the state of your choice, you’ll need to apply for licensure within that state. Travel Force helps experienced graduates by explaining what state physical therapy boards expect when it comes to licensure and certifications.

Travel Force Staffing offers:

  • Travel and permanent physical therapy jobs that meet your objectives
  • A variety of medical settings, including large outpatient centers
  • The ability to set your own pace.
  • Exposure to other physical therapists who welcome recent graduates
  • Top compensation and earnings for new and experienced physical therapists

Apply with Travel Force Staffing today and start your physical therapy job search immediately. We have physical therapist jobs ready to fill now! Call us now at 800-617-0608 or Apply Online Now.

California Law blocks DPT at four state schools

Author Travel Force Staffing | 09.02 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy

Buzz in the PT blogosphere points to the popularity and acceptance of the physical therapy doctorate or DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) professional degree. The American Physical Therapy Association is pushing to make the DPT the entry-level credential for physical therapy jobs by year 2020 and hundreds of PT schools across America have implemented DPT programs.

In fact, 98 percent of the nation’s physical therapy programs offer Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, Dr. Sheryl Low, associate professor and department chair of physical therapy at CSUN (California State University Northbridge) told California’s Daily Sundial.*

Professor Low teaches Physical Therapy at one of the last four colleges in the Continental U.S. that has yet to transition from the Master’s in Physical Therapy to the DPT. All four operate under the California State University System.

Why can’t CSU get Physical Therapy Doctorate accreditation?

California’s “Master Plan” for higher education has prevented CSU schools from making the transition to the DPT, which lawmakers say will force Physical Therapy students out of state to obtain their degree.

Under the Master Plan, CSU schools are prohibited in awarding doctorates of any type, as state law confines doctoral graduates to the University of California post-secondary educational system- schools granted doctoral exclusivity by the state’s Donahoe Higher Education Act.

Lawmakers are also concerned that without expanding DPT offerings in the state, demand for physical therapy doctorates may outstrip supply; causing Californians to import DPT graduates from other states to perform critical physical therapy jobs.

DPT reform has passed in the California State Assembly and is headed to the State Senate for consideration

No date has been set for a vote in the Senate. But Assembly Bill 2382 aimed at reforming DPT restrictions has recently passed in the State Assembly 75 to 1, a victory for CSU educators and physical therapy students.

Assemblyman, Bob Blumenfield, said legislation needs to be passed by 2013 in order for CSU campuses to continue taking DPT admissions for the academic year 2013-2014.*

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