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State Licensure: How Does It Limit Where You Can Travel?

In a perfect world, you could sign up with a traveling healthcare staffing service and then just pick and choose where you want to work, pack your bags and head on out to assignments across the country.

We don’t have to tell you that the world isn’t perfect.

The truth is that licensing requirements within your profession in different states can make the process of accepting and working in different states a tad problematic. Notice we didn’t say impossible. But receiving licensure in different states can take a few weeks to a few months.

Your staffing manager at a traveling healthcare staffing service such as MedPro Healthcare Staffing often can help you with the application process, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Below are some very brief overviews of the licensure requirements for three healthcare professions.

Nursing. The licensure timeline (from application to acceptance) for states can vary from 2 weeks to 6-9 weeks, so it’s best to get that paperwork started quite early if you’re interested in a position in, for example, New York (6-8 weeks). Some states also require special fingerprints or background checks. Find the licensure requirements and contact information for the state(s) you’re interested in here.

Therapy. The timeline in some states is just seven business days (Kentucky), but some (such as California) have a timeline of 6-8 weeks. Some states also require fingerprint/background checks. Here’s the link to our licensure contact information for different states.

Allied Health. Respiratory therapists can expect the licensure process to take anywhere from 1-2 to 6-8 weeks, depending on a state’s requirements. At least one state (California) requires that you have a two-year degree. Learn more here.

Here at MedPro Healthcare Staffing, your recruiter will help you through the licensure process. You must understand, however, that acquiring the necessary licensure(s) is your responsibility, not ours. If you have any questions at all, please let us know. We’re here to help you in any way we can so that you may join the ranks of healthcare professionals who are enjoying the exciting career of the traveler. Contact us today.