PT Compact Licensure Update
Beginning in July of 2018, the process of traveling as a Physical Therapist is going to get a little bit easier if you are traveling between a group of 21 states. In case you hadn’t heard the news, in July, the 21 states that have enacted the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact will begin issuing privileges. For the current list of states that have enacted compact legislation, visit ptcompact.org. Since May, Louisiana, South Carolina, and West Virginia have enacted the PT compact.
If you are a PT interested in traveling, how can you take advantage of the benefits of the PT compact? Let’s review the requirements:
- Your home state MUST be a member of the PT compact.
- You must be in good standing with your state’s PT Board.
- If the state you are traveling to requires passing a jurisprudence exam, you must complete that requirement before applying for compact privileges.
Next month, once compact states begin issuing privileges, if you meet the requirements listed above, you will be able to purchase your compact privileges at ptcompact.org. You can sign in using your Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) ID & password.
Additional information that may be useful for you to know about the PT compact:
- PT compact privileges will expire when your home state license expires. PT’s will be able to renew both at that time.
- PT’s will only be required to fulfill the CEU requirements from their home state.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the next ten years will see a 28% growth in PT jobs meaning there will be significant opportunities for travel therapists. Here are a few benefits to consider when deciding if travel therapy is right for you.
- Pay for travel therapists is generally higher.
- Travel therapy allows you to explore different areas of the country.
- Travel, to those who are new to the profession, is a great way to gain a variety of experiences as it is essentially a continuation of your clinical rotation.
- For PT’s who are looking to pursue more education, travel therapy is an option that allows you to earn money between semesters or programs.
- Working on new assignments every 13-weeks, travel therapists can explore different settings as a way to decide on future permanent placement.
The above are just a few of the benefits of working as a travel therapist and why the goal of having all 50 states enact compact legislation is so important. As more states join the compact, much-needed access to physical therapy services can be improved by removing the bureaucratic barriers of individual state licensing.
If you are interested in exploring the hundreds of travel therapy opportunities that Supplemental Health Care has available right now, please contact one of our experienced travel recruitment professionals today. You can also use our powerful search tool to browse open positions across the country here.