group of healthcare workers
Travel Therapy September 21, 2011

By Brent Nau

Demand for PTs and OTs

Posted by Brent Nau

Your father has just suffered a stroke, and at the age of 61, he is still too young to take early retirement. He needs to relearn how to live in his own home and how to work at his job again. His doctor refers him to an occupational therapist (OT), but when you call to make the appointment, they say, “I have an opening in December of next year.” What?!

This happens across the country. San Francisco General Hospital, for example had patients waiting to see a physical therapist (PT) for 110 days, and for an OT, 258 days! In the past few months, the hospital has hired more therapists to attempt to keep up with growing demand as the baby boomer generation becomes more dependent on the healthcare systems. Doing so has cut the wait for a PT to 52 days and 32 days for an OT.

Many of the influx in therapists have come from those who are traveling therapists. Advanced Medical Staffing places PTs and OTs in facilities like San Francisco General Hospital in efforts to reduce the wait times for patients to see therapists. Often, a patient who must wait to see a therapist has symptoms worsen during this time as they attempt to go about their daily life. This puts more strain on the medical system as patients have a longer recovery time as well, thus making them patients longer.

Facilities across the country are looking for traveling therapists to help fill gaps and decrease patient wait times so they can meet state and federal standards. The California state standard for patient wait times in 15 days. While they are not there yet, California has taken many steps to reduce these times and continue to strive to meet this standard.

Ready to help meet the demand? Start your search for Physical or Occupational Therapy jobs now; or call us at (800) 330-7711.

Contact Us!

We're here to help.

* Indicates Required Fields


By clicking "SUBMIT" I agree to receive emails, automated text messages and phone calls (including calls that contain prerecorded content) from and on behalf of {{site_name}}, its parent, AMN Healthcare, and affiliates. I understand these messages will be to the email or phone number provided, and will be about employment opportunities, positions in which I’ve been placed, and my employment with AMN companies. See privacy policy or cookie policy for more details.

Allied Industry News

Where Allied travelers go for allied news and information, compiled by industry experts at Med Travelers.


Accessing the Full Support of Your Healthcare Staffing Agency

Your healthcare staffing agency can support you more deeply than just pay and employment benefits. Learn about AMN Healthcare’s Employee Assistance Program and how Med Travelers can help you face life’s challenges.

Read Article


Life-Changing Journey to Becoming a Travel SLP

A Travel SLP shares her process of becoming a traveler and answers common questions about traveling therapy. New to travel therapy? Get all your travel therapy questions answered.

Read Article


3 Ways to Accelerate Your Therapy Documentation

Therapy documentation can be a tedious undertaking, but it’s a crucial step toward patient progress. Here are three tips to simplify and improve your therapy documentation.

Read Article