Flexibility! Isn’t that the only reason? Well, for many of the reasons people choose to work per diem, it does often come down to flexibility. But there are many other reasons to work as a per diem physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
You’ve probably heard about some of the perks of working per diem. You can take time off without asking for it. You can work only a few days a week, or month! You can have more time off at the holidays. You can work in a variety of settings at the same time. But how can you actually afford to work per diem as a physical therapist?
What can you expect to be paid as a per diem physical therapist or occupational therapist? You already know the answer, it depends. But what does it depend on? Location and setting mostly seem to dictate pay rates. Experience may not be as much as a factor as one would expect.
Have you ever attended a state board meeting? Or a meeting of the APTA or one of it’s state chapters? Or maybe you are even interested in joining an APTA committee. While earning CEUs for these activities is probably not the primary motivation for someone to participate in them, it doesn’t hurt!
As a PT who wants to practice in multiple states, there are many benefits to obtaining compact privileges if they are available to you. Not only is the process easier and faster than a traditional license by endorsement, keeping up with your physical therapy CEUs is much easier too!
When you think of physical therapy continuing education requirements, do you only think about taking courses? Most people do. However, there are many other activities that you can participate in that allow you to earn physical therapy CEUs. One way is by being in a journal club or study group.
Keeping up with your CEUs in order to renew your occupational or physical therapy license can seem daunting when you only have one state license. What do you do when you become a travel therapist and have multiple licenses to maintain?
When you think of physical therapy continuing education requirements, do you only think about taking courses? Most people do. However, there are many other activities that you can participate in that allow you to earn physical therapy CEUs. One of the most common is acting as a clinical instructor.
Many things that were never done online in the past are so commonplace now, you might assume you can complete all of your occupational or physical therapy CEU requirements online. For many states, you can. But you might be surprised to find that some states still limit how many CEUs you are allowed complete through online activities.
You might assume if you recently graduated as a PT or PTA, you don’t have to worry about CEUs yet. In theory, this makes perfect sense. You just spent years learning about your profession and then passed a national certification exam to get licensed. It should be time for a break!