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Clinical Education

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. ​​​