Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program

March 12-13, 2018
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Course description

This program is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Clinical Instructor (CI) Education and Credentialing Program and is being sponsored by Marquette University on behalf of the WI Clinical Education Consortium. The program was developed through a grant funded by APTA under the direction of principal investigator Michael J. Emery, Ed.D., PT and with co-investigators Nancy Peatman, PT, M.Ed. and Lynn Foord, MS, M.Ed., PT and with materials used by the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education, Inc. It takes 15 hours to complete the entire program for CI Education and Credentialing.

The program addresses issues of planning and preparing for physical therapy students during their clinical 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 closes with a brief look at legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation.

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 essential for each participant to attend all sessions of the Program and Assessment Center in its entirety to be eligible for credentialing.

Who should attend

The Program and Assessment Center will be useful for both new and experienced physical therapist and physical therapist assistant educators involved with clinical education. In addition, the Program is helpful for clinical educators outside of physical therapy to provide a solid theoretical foundation. While the information presented covers the basic skills for clinical instructors, the interactive tasks and large and small group discussions will be of benefit to novice and especially experienced clinical educators.

Agenda (8:00am - 5:00pm daily)

Section 1: The Clinician as Clinical Educator
Section 2: Readiness to Learn
Section 3: Facilitating Learning in the Clinical Environment
Section 4: Performance Assessment- The Clinical Environment
Section 5: Legal, Regulatory and ADA Issues in Clinical Education
Section 6: Managing the Exceptional Student & Student with Problems

Continuing Education Credit

The workshop is offered for 15 credit hours which may be applied toward relicensure requirements for physical therapists. A certificate of attendance will be provided to each participant.


Laurie Kontney, PT, DPT, MS has been a Director of Clinical Education at Marquette University since 1994. Laurie has been an active member of the Wisconsin Clinical Education Consortium (WCEC) since its inception in 1986 and has been involved in the development and instruction of clinical instructor workshops since 1987. She obtained her APTA Certification as a trainer for the APTA’s Voluntary Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program in 1997 and for the APTA’s Advanced Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program in 2007. Laurie is also the Chair of the Program Committee for the Education Section of the APTA and has been involved in developing and conducting programming for clinical educators throughout the country.

Lois Harrison, PT, DPT, MS is Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy program at Concordia University Wisconsin and has been involved in instruction in clinical instructor workshops since 2008. She obtained her APTA certification as a Certified Trainer for the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) in 2012.

Danille Parker is Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy program at Marquette University and has been involved in instruction in clinical instructor workshops since 2006. She obtained her APTA certification as a Certified Trainer for the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) in 2017.



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  • Registration Form
  • Dossier (submit with registration form)
  • Registration Deadline February 9.
  • Registration is limited to 40 participants but a minimum # of registrants is required to hold course. Marquette University reserves the right to cancel this seminar up to three weeks in advance and will refund fee in full in such an event. Cancellation of registration after March 1 will be subject to $50 administrative fee.
  • Tuition:
    PT/PTA APTA Members - $215
    PT/PTA non-APTA Members - $400
    Note: Group discount for 5 people or more from one facility if all submitted at one time with single payment. Call for more information.
  • Tuition includes an APTA course manual, continental breakfast, breaks and lunch.
  • Portions of the APTA Member and non-Member fee as well as of the Non-PT/PTA's fee go directly to the APTA for the course manual and the APTA CI credential.
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