Travel Physical Therapist Assistant Jobs
Make a Difference as a Travel PTA
As a physical therapist assistant (PTA), you often interact with patients as they embark on journeys of growth and healing. By offering emotional support and encouragement during these times, you contribute significantly to patients' mental wellbeing, which is an essential part of the overall recovery process.
What Do Travel Physical Therapist Assistants Do?
Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to provide rehabilitative services to patients. Their primary responsibility is to help patients recover from injuries and improve their physical abilities. A physical therapist assistant works with patients of all ages who have medical problems or health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
PTAs’ duties include assisting in the execution of treatment plans, teaching and guiding patients through exercises, administering modalities like heat, cold and electricity, helping patients with their mobility, and recording patients’ progress. In addition to their clinical tasks, PTAs often have administrative duties such as ordering supplies, scheduling appointments, and handling insurance paperwork. Their ultimate goal is to contribute to the patient’s ability to function optimally, to lead a fulfilling and satisfied life.
Typical Physical Therapist Assistant Job Responsibilities:
- Implement components of patient/client treatment plan
- Obtain data related to the interventions provided
- Make modifications in selected interventions either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort.
- Assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
Travel Physical Therapist Assistant Job Locations
No matter where you want to go for your next travel therapist position, your career compass is in your hands.
Advantages & Perks for Traveling Therapy Jobs
Travel therapists are needed everywhere. Compensation packages for travel therapists give you the freedom to live in and explore you environment.
When you become a travel therapy professional, we give you a weekly, tax-free per diem to help cover daily expenses, like transportation and meals.
State licenses and therapy certification costs are paid for because we want you to be a qualified rockstar!
When you’re a medical traveler you get to live the best of your travel and work lives, together! Plus, you’ll gain valuable life experience along the way.
Medical Traveler Compliance & Licensure
Being a travel physical therapist assistant can help you achieve the career you’ve always wanted, but what if your dream job is asking for certifications you don’t have? Fusion can help you with that! We can help you find therapy training, licensing, and certifications to help you take your career forward, and financial assistance to help you get there.
Degrees and Certifications
Licenses and certifications can leave you scratching your head when you should be stoked about traveling. We want you to know exactly what you’re getting into. Since degrees and certifications depend on your modality and specialty, Fusion’s compliance experts work with your recruiter and the facility to make sure that you have all relevant credentials required for our traveling therapy jobs.
Some of your compliance requirements are the same across the board, but there are others that will depend on your specialty.
The three parts of compliance
- Occupational health records: Required immunizations and health examinations
- Documentation: Tax forms, insurance paperwork, and licenses
- Testing: Certifications, online training, and workplace safety exams
How Much Do Travel Physical Therapy Assistant Jobs Pay?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for physical therapist assistants is $59,770. However, salaries can vary widely based on factors like years of experience, area of specialization, geographical location, and type of employer
What is the Job Outlook for Travel PTA Jobs?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of PTAs is projected to grow 29% from 2019 to 2029, significantly faster than the average for all occupations. This substantial growth is driven by the healthcare needs of an aging population, particularly the baby-boom generation. As they become more active later in life, boomers have increased their demand for physical therapy services. Additionally, medical and technological advancements are expected to permit a greater percentage of trauma victims and newborns with birth defects to survive, creating added demand for therapy and rehabilitative services.
Where Does a Travel Physical Therapy Assistant Work?
PTAs provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.
How Long is a Typical Travel Therapy Assignment?
In the United States, typical travel therapy positions for physical therapists last 13 weeks, but anything between 8 and 26 weeks is common. Medical facilities often offer to renew your contract, too, which is called an extension. Extension offers are usually made in the last 3 to 5 weeks of your travel assignment, but if you’re interested in staying on longer, you should reach out to your healthcare staffing recruiter.
Will Taking Travel Therapy Jobs Help My Career?
Taking travel therapy jobs is beneficial because it exposes you to different regional procedures and patient populations, provides the opportunity to explore new specialties, and helps you gain experience learning a new clinical environment quickly.
Do Travel Jobs Offer Benefits?
Fusion offers three Medical plans to choose from, one PPO plan and two High Deductible Plans, as well as Dental, Vision, Basic Life, and Short-Term Disability. If traveling to the state of Hawaii, Hawaii has its own mandated coverage and you will be offered that coverage at that time. If you were previously on the BCBS Nebraska Medical coverage and/or the Ameritas Dental and Vision, this coverage will be terminated when moving to Hawaii for an assignment.
Can Therapists Travel with Family or Pets?
Yes! You can take your family and/or pets on travel assignments with you, but finding housing may become more complicated depending on the location. Most healthcare travel companies provide a one-bedroom apartment (some just a studio or an extended stay hotel), which probably isn’t doable for families.