How To Become A Travel Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or SLPPosted On July 24, 2014
And Other Travel Physical Therapist FAQs
How long are travel therapy assignments?
Lengths of travel therapy jobs vary from 8-26 weeks and sometimes longer depending on the needs of the facility.
Is it possible to stay past the original assignment stated?
Yes, many of our assignments are extended. Just contact your recruiter to arrange this with your facility based on their ongoing needs.
How many hours a week are the assignments?
Most of the assignments are 36-40 hours per week. Many assignments guarantee 40 hours per week.
Can I decline an assignment?
Absolutely. You control where and for how long you want to travel.
How do I get the specifics of an assignment?
Your recruiter will discuss in detail the position, exceptions, equipment, call, etc. We always try to ensure that there is a fit between you and the facility, so a phone interview is scheduled with the department supervisor or manager.
What if I don’t like the facility/assignment?
Let your recruiter know. They will make every effort to help you be more satisfied with the facility.
What happens if my assignment is cut short by the facility?
Our contracts with our facilities require notice. As there is a tremendous shortage, we expect to have you working again in an area of your choice.
If I am on a temporary assignment and get offered a permanent position, can I accept?
Yes, just contact your recruiter with the good news. This is a great way to find the right fit for you. Of course, if you are not interested in the position and want to continue traveling you are under no obligation to accept. The choice is entirely yours.
What if I have a family emergency and have to leave my assignment?
We understand you have personal needs outside of work. Please contact your recruiter immediately so we can help you attend to your family.
What do I need to get started?
First step is to apply online or contact one of our recruiters at 800.299.8132 so that we can understand your abilities and interest. Once we secure an assignment, we’ll then ask for a few credentialing documents and health records (i.e. MMR, TB, HepB, and recent physical). We’ll also need to verify your license is in good standing and run a criminal and drug screen test. Your recruiter can walk you through the process.
Am I committed to working for Cirrus Medical Staffing when I fill out an application?
No. You are only committed to working with Cirrus Medical Staffing when you accept one of our assignments.
Is there a fee for this service?
No, there is no cost to you for our services.
How often do I get paid? How can I receive my pay? Who signs my paychecks?
Cirrus Medical Staffing pays weekly. Your check can be direct deposited or mailed First Class. You will be an employee of Cirrus Medical Staffing.
Are taxes taken out of my check?
Yes. As an Cirrus Medical Staffing employee, you will receive a W2 at the end of the year.
What are your pay rates?
Cirrus Medical Staffing offers a very competitive pay rate which varies by specialty and location. Some assignments pay bonuses, overtime and on-call differentials. Ask your recruiter for more detail.
What is per diem?
It is a daily allowance to cover meals and incidental expenses while you are away from home. If you meet IRS Guidelines, it is not taxed.
Do you provide bonuses?
Yes. Select assignments may offer bonuses based on location, contract length, or specialty. Speak to your recruiter for more information.
Housing and Travel
Who makes the travel/accommodation arrangements?
We have in-house housing coordinators who work exclusively for our travelers, but most travelers opt to arrange their own housing with our housing stipend. Of course, your dedicated recruiter will make sure the process is smooth to ensure you have everything you need. Once you are confirmed for an assignment, our proven housing department can coordinate your accommodations and travel.
What type of housing is provided?
Just like travel nurse housing, we provide all of our travelers with safe, private housing. Depending on your location, our travelers may stay in a hotel, corporate housing or a furnished apartment. Many times the facilities recommend housing where other travelers stay.
What happens if I have a problem with other travel arrangements?
Contact your recruiter immediately. If a problem arises after business hours, your recruiter and/or housing coordinator are on call 24/7 to handle emergencies.
Can I travel with my family members and/or pet?
Yes, many of our employees travel with their family and their pets! All we ask is that you notify us in advance so we can secure the appropriate lodging and travel arrangements.
If I need a state licensure, how do I obtain it?
Cirrus Medical Staffing can provide you with links to state applications and typical time frames for receiving authorization.
Who pays for it?
Cirrus Medical Staffing will reimburse you for the cost of the license on your first paycheck of your assignment. Be sure to discuss this with your recruiter.