With the shortage of healthcare professionals continuing to grow throughout the United States, allied health clinicians have more opportunities than ever to begin their travel careers. While some professions only allow for single state licenses, others have a multi-state license, similar to the nursing licensure compact. This essential guide will have everything you need to know about allied health compact licenses.
Who Can Obtain Allied Health Compact Licenses?
There are certain allied health professionals who are able to obtain compact licenses. Audiologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists can apply for a multi state license. It’s important to note that you are eligible for a compact license only if your state is a member of the multi-state compact licensure for your profession. While some of the requirements differ across professions, the rules are very similar. In order to apply for a compact license, you must meet the following guidelines:
- You must hold an active license in your home state.
- Your license must not have any encumbrances within the last two years.
- You complete all eligibility requirements and pay any fees associated with obtaining a compact privilege.
Why Should You Get A Compact License?
Having a compact state license offers allied health clinicians increased mobility and flexibility in job opportunities. Meaning, you can apply for jobs outside of your home state and travel assignments as well. It’s important to keep in mind that you will only be able to use a compact license in states that accept them. For example, if you are a physical therapist from Missouri who wants to find a travel assignment in California, you would not be able to use your compact license. California operates with a single state license, which means you would need to apply for that state separately.
Allied Health Compact Licenses State Maps
Speech Language Pathology
For more information regarding compact licenses for your profession, visit the ASLP Compact, OT Compact, and PT Compact websites. If you’re ready to start your travel allied health career, SQUAD Medical Staffing has over 8,000 jobs available across the county. With dedicated recruiters available 24/7, we pride ourselves on unwavering service and support for all of our clinicians. Head over to our job board to get started today!