This program is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
as a Clinical Instructor (CI) Education and Credentialing Program. The program was
developed through a grant funded by APTA. It takes 15 hours to complete the entire
program for CI Education and Credentialing.
The program addresses issues of planning and preparing for physical therapist
students during their clinical education experiences; developing learning
experiences and supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective
feedback. Skills of evaluation are discussed, as well as the identification and
management of students with exceptional situations. The program closes with a
brief look at legal implications for the clinical educator, including issues presented by
The “Assessment Center” provides each participant with the opportunity to apply
information from the program in simulated situations. Successful completion of each
station in the Assessment Center results in the awarding of APTA CI Credentialing.
The six stations of the Assessment Center have been integrated into the program
schedule. Therefore, it is necessary for each participant to attend all sessions
of the Course and Assessment Center in its entirety in order to be eligible for
The Course and Assessment Center will be useful for both new and experienced
physical therapist educators involved in clinical education. While the information
presented covers the basic skills for clinical instructors, the interactive tasks and
large and small group discussions will be of benefit even to experienced educators.
At completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
- Compare the roles of the clinician and the Clinic Instructor;
- Determine the student’s readiness to learn;
- Develop learning experiences;
- Describe methods to facilitate learning in the clinic;
- Discuss rationale and strategies for evaluation of the student;
- Identify and address legal issues regarding clinical education.
Registration is now closed. Please click on "For More Information" and request a position on the waitlist.