Resources for PTA students, clinical sites and clinical educators
Who can be a clinical instructor?
The decision to become a clinical instructor is an important step in a clinician's professional development and commitment to the physical therapy profession. Here’s some information to help you in your decision.
To be a clinical instructor, you should
- be a PT or PTA with a minimum of one year clinical experience (required)
- have a desire to work with students
- collaborate with the student to plan an effective learning experience
- provide frequent, positive, constructive, and timely feedback in either verbal, nonverbal or written forms
- be a role model of legal, ethical, competent, and compassionate care
- provide competent, thoughtful, and effective clinical care
- plan clinical learning experiences relevant to the student’s needs, and communicate those goals and expectations
- be approachable and collegial
- encourage student growth through positive interaction
- communicate effectively and regularly with the student and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) at KCC
Who can be a center coordinator of clinical education?
The center coordinator of clinical education manages the student program at the healthcare facility. This person may also serve as a clinical instructor.
To be a center coordinator of clinical education, you should
- be a PT or PTA, with all the characteristics of a clinical instructor
- demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills
- develop a relationship with, and be knowledgeable about, the affiliated academic program
- perform administrative duties such as, but not limited to, completion of the Clinical Site Information Form, clinical education affiliation agreements, student placement forms, and policy and procedures manuals
- develop, supervise, and evaluate the clinical activities of the facility
- be open to interaction with clinical instructors, students, school officials, and other colleagues
- plan and encourage the professional development of clinical instructors
- identify clinical instructor and site needs and resources
- assist the clinical instructor in planning, implementing, and evaluating an effective student learning experience
Developed from the Guidelines for Clinical Instructors and Guidelines for Center Coordinator of Clinical Education; Guidelines and Self-Assessments for Clinical Education, 2004 Revision; Alexandria, VA: APTA Publication No. E-48.