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APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

»APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

This program addresses planning and preparing for students during their clinical education experiences, developing learning experiences, and supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback.  Skills of student evaluation are discussed, as well as the identification and management of students with exceptional situations.  The program also introduces information regarding legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation. physical therapist stretching client

The Assessment Center provides the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant participants the opportunity to apply information from the program in simulated situations.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program is designed for both new and experienced clinical educators.  APTA will award a CI Credential to physical therapists who attend all sessions and successfully complete the Assessment Centers.  Chapman University will provide documentation for continued competency credit for California re-licensure.

This course has been approved for 15 continuing competency hours for the Physical Therapy Board of California by Chapman University.  Approval no: 01-2012

*Please note: A completed dossier must be completed prior to registration.  See registration information below.


By the end of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify his/her role and responsibilities as a Clinical Instructor
  • Examine a student’s readiness to learn
  • Integrate learning experiences in the clinical environment
  • Assess a student’s performance
  • Reflect congruency with documentation of student performance and measurement in the CPI.
  • Develop skills for the management of exceptional students
  • Discuss some of the legal issues in clinical education

+-Registration Information

To register, each participant must submit:

1. Completed electronic dossier - Contact Dorcas Tominaga
2. Registration fee payable online (link to register will be provided upon receipt of your dossier)

Please note:
A class size of at least 15 participants are needed to hold the course.  Registration closes when 60 is reached.  Map, directions, and parking instructions will be provided with e-mail confirmation of enrollment.

+-Contact Us

Department of Physical Therapy
Director of Clinical Education
Crean School of Health & Life Science
Dorcas Tominaga
(714) 744-7624

Office of Extended Education
(714) 997-6566

Administrative Assistant
Christy Dumaual

Ellen Curtis-Pierce, Ph.D.

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