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Featured Traveling Physical Therapy Assistant Job in Colorado

  • travel PTA carrying skis in ColoradoGreat hospital in CO is looking for some help in their Therapy Department.
  • They are in need of a traveling Physical Therapy Assistant(PTA) to work 8 or 10 hour days on this 13 week assignment.
  • The traveler will be primarily working in their Joint Replacement Program.
  • They are looking for an experienced PTA with a dynamic personality to come to CO and help them out.
  • Please call Medical Solutions at (866) 633-3548 to speak with a Career Consultant regarding this travel assignment with one of the top travel physical therapy companies.

Click this link to learn more about this Travel Physical Therapy Assistant Job in Colorado

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Poll: What is the most important aspect of building a relationship with your recruiter?

traveling physical therapy company recruiterMany traveling PTs talk about the role that having a great relationship with their recruiter has played in their careers. Here at Rehab and Therapy we were wondering what is the most important aspect of building the best relationship with your recruiter?

Is it trust? Honesty? Staying in Touch? Personal Connection? Open Communication? Or something else?

Take our poll below and tell us what you think.

Guest Author: Wes Herdlein – Hybrid Traveling

During my first 3 years of traveling, I took advantage of the convenience of agency provided housing and furnishings. Since then, I’ve changed the system a bit. It’s not that the current system was broken, it actually worked well. The apartments and furnishing were always nice but excessive for a single guy. Did I really need a sofa AND loveseat? Did I really need a dining room table and 4 chairs? After all, in reality, I eat dinner on the coffee table, remote control in hand.

travel pt packing for assignmentOn average furniture rental runs $500 a month, which adds up to about $6000 a year. With this in mind, I decided to buy an enclosed travel trailer and haul around only the basic furniture needed to survive. I found a used 5×8 foot trailer on craigslist for $1600.00. Into the trailer, I fit a full size sofa, a queen mattress, fold-up tables and chairs, lamps, and a 36″ TV. I even mange to fit a guitar, golf clubs and camping gear. Everything serves a double purpose: empty plastic bins become TV stands, night stands and laundry baskets. Camping chairs become living room furniture. Throw a sleeping bag over the camping chair and it’s a Lazyboy! It is not the most elegant way to live but it works well and is great on the bottom dollar!

I’m able to tow my trailer with a Toyota 4-Runner. It’s easy to hitch and unhitch. When it’s empty, I can lift it easily and drop in onto my car hitch. You can’t take every household item with you, but you can include all of the necessities. If I am missing anything, it can almost always be borrowed or bought at Goodwill for 75 cents.

This won’t work for everyone, but it works for me and my wife. My original $1600 investment has saved me about $18,000 over the past 3 years.

How do you travel? Do you have any thoughts or tips you would like to share?

Wes Herdlein is a Traveling PT and Founder of

Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide: Step 15 – Being submitted to a job

Time to hurry up and wait. Now that you are to the point in the travel physical therapy process where you are being submitted to a job there is not much for you to do, at this stage it is all in your recruiter’s hands (for the moment).

Depending on the travel physical therapy company you are working with you may be submitted a little differently to a job, but the basics should stay pretty much the same.

For you as a candidate there is not much left for you to do right now. This stage of the process is kind out of your control at this point, which makes the preparation leading up to it so important. If you have taken the time to complete the suggestions laid out in the first 14 steps of the Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide, then you will have already told your recruiter:

  • travel physical therapist relaxingDesired location
  • Company housing or housing stipend
  • Desired pay
  • Desired clinical area
  • Types of Patient you want to work with
  • Setting you want to work in

This also means that at this point your recruiter should have a great understanding of what you are looking for and a good grasp on your experience and skills and what assignment settings are going to be a good fit for you.

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Exactly how a company submits you to a job depends on how they are structured internally. At some companies the recruiters also contact the hospitals on your behalf, while in other companies the responsibilities of recruiting and selling candidates to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities are split between different departments or positions.

There are pros and cons of both systems, so if you think or discover as you go through the process of finding a travel physical therapy job that this difference in these two approaches is affecting your ability to work with your company then you may want to look into another company. Or at least be aware of it after you finish your first assignment so you can find a company with a different approach for your next assignment.

Another difference you may find in the travel physical therapy companies you are working with is how they communicate with you when they submit you to a job. Some will be more selective in where they submit you and only submit you to jobs you have directly expressed an interest in working or pre-determined set of possibilities with your recruiter.

Meanwhile other companies may want to move faster and submit you to jobs you have not previously discussed so that they get your name in the running before the job closes. I have heard and read stories from travelers who have been upset by being contacted by hospitals they did not know they were submitted to in locations or clinical areas they are not comfortable with. Again there are pros and cons to both, so make sure you find out up front how your company works, that way you won’t be surprised.

At this point what you need to focus on is preparing for the next step in the travel physical therapy process; the interview. So stay tuned to see the next post in the Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide.