APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

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8:00 am - 5:15 pm
Beverly D. Fein, PT, EdD and Melissa Pietrantuano, PT, DPT
Location: Sacred Heart University - Cambridge Campus, (1-C-12) 7 Cambridge Drive, Trumbull, CT
Cost: $160 APTA Members; $250 Non-APTA Members; $375 Other Disciplines
Deadline for enrollment is April 23, 2014
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Course Description:

The course and Assessment Center educate both new and experienced physical therapist and physical therapist assistant clinical educators. While the course content covers basic skills for clinical instructors, the interactive tasks and large and small group discussions benefit even experienced educators.

APTA invites clinical educators outside Physical Therapy to complete the Clinical Instructor Education Program. However, if you are from another discipline, you are neither eligible nor permitted to take the Credentialing (Assessment Center) component. Upon successful completion of the CI Education Program, you will receive a certificate of completion for 1.2 CEUs. A CI Credential cannot be awarded because you are not eligible to take the Assessment Center. To participate in the didactic portion of the Program, you must have a current license, registration, or certification in your discipline, and a minimum of one year of clinical or comparable experience. Also, you must complete a Participant Dossier attesting to clinical competence within your discipline, in accordance with state laws and regulations, as authorized by your direct supervisor.

Course Objectives:

The Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program offers a 16-hour workshop to develop and enhance participants’ clinical instruction skills. Upon completion of this course, participants will be equipped to assume the role and responsibilities of a clinical instructor; specifically, to: 

  • Plan for physical therapy student clinical education experiences
  • Develop learning experiences
  • Support ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback
  • Evaluate student clinical performance
  • Identify and address students with exceptional situations
  • Understand legal implications for clinical educators 

The “Assessment Center” format provides each participant with the opportunity to apply information from the program in simulated situations. Successful completion of each of the six stations in the Assessment Center results in the awarding of APTA CI Credentialing. NOTE: All participants must attend each day in its entirety in order to complete the Assessment Center and be eligible for certification.

Course Schedule:


  8:00 A.M.           Registration

  8:15 A.M.           Section 1: The Clinician as Clinical Educator

10:00 A.M.           Break

10:15 A.M.           Section 2: Readiness to Learn

12:30 P.M.           Lunch

  1:30 P.M.           Section 3: Facilitating Learning in the Clinical Environment

  3:00 P.M.           Break

  3:15 P.M.           Section 4: Performance Assessment

  4:45 P.M.           Orientation to the Assessment Center / Assessment Center

  5:15 P.M.           Adjourn


  8:00 A.M.           Check-in

  8:30 A.M.           Assessment Center – Stations 1 and 2

  9:30 A.M.           Break

  9:45 A.M.           Section 5: Legal Issues in Clinical Education

11:45 A.M.           Lunch

12:45 P.M.           Section 6: Managing the Exceptional Student in Clinical Education

  2:00 P.M.           Assessment Center

  4:15 P.M.           Scoring of Assessment Center

  5:15 P.M.           Adjourn

Please submit the following materials by April 23, 2014:

  • Participant Dossier – approved by supervisor
  • Participation Agreement (page 3 of this brochure)
  • Copy of current PT or PTA license
  • Copy of APTA membership card if requesting member discount"
  • Payment to Sacred Heart University


Questions?  Contact Michelle Wormley at wormleym@sacredheart.edu or 203-416-3537