APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

Des Moines, IA US
July 11, 2016 to July 12, 2016



Basic Course

  • APTA member (PT/PTA) - $160
  • APTA non-member (PT/PTA) - $295
  • Other health professional - $300

Advanced Course

  • APTA member - $170
  • APTA non-member - $295

Registration includes an APTA course manual and learning materials, continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments. The deadline to register is June 10 and attendance is limited to 36 participants per course. Cancellation of registration will be subject to a $100 administrative fee.


How to Register

No Voucher 

  1. Login or create an account 
  2. Once you're logged in, the payment options and "ADD TO CART" button can be found at the bottom of this webpage. Payment via credit card is preferred; however, if you'd like to pay via check, please call DMU CME at 515-271-1596.

I Have a Voucher

  1. If you have a voucher, prior to completing the registration/payment process, please send a copy of the voucher to melissa.mcgriff@dmu.edu to receive a voucher code.  You will not be able to apply your voucher credit during the payment process without this code.
  2. Login or create an account 
  3. Once you're logged in, the payment options and "ADD TO CART" button can be found at the bottom of this webpage. 
  4. The voucher code will be applied at checkout. Payment via credit card is preferred; however, if you'd like to pay via check, please call DMU CME at 515-271-1596.



The Iowa Clinical Education Consortium presents the APTA basic and advanced courses which will assist participants in developing and refining abilities to guide student development in a clinical environment.

Target Audience

  • Basic: Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, speech language pathologists, recreational therapists, and other health care professionals.
  • Advanced: Physical therapists who are APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructors and who have supervised at least one student since completing the Level I Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program are eligible to register for this program.

Course Description

  • Basic: This course addresses planning and implementing clinical education experiences for physical therapy and other students in the health care profession. The program is divided into two parts:  (1) clinical instructor education for all participants and (2) credentialing for PT/PTAs in the course through Assessment Centers.
  • Advanced: The Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program brings two constructs together in one professional development program that advances both clinical teaching and best practice when providing student clinical education.  Using a case-based and interactive approach to education, this program provides participants with the essential knowledge and skill to more effectively teach and mentor students in the context of a doctoring profession. Through the program’s unique philosophy and design, best outcomes will be achieved for student learning by concurrently advancing concepts of clinical teaching and clinical practice. 


  • Basic:
    7:30 am - Registration/Check-In and Breakfast
    8 am - 5 pm - Coursework
  • Advanced:
    7:30 am - Registration/Check-In and Breakfast
    7:45 am - 5:30 pm - Coursework


  • Basic: Planning and preparing for students during their clinical education experiences
    • Developing learning experiences in practice tailored to meet specific student needs
    • Supporting ongoing learning through questions and effective feedback
    • Identifying and managing students with difficult and/or exceptional situations
    • Identifying legal, legislative, and regulatory implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA, HIPAA, and Medicare
  • Advanced: At the conclusion of the program, CIs will be able to teach using pedagogical methods that enable learners with patients/clients to integrate more complex concepts by demonstrating:
    • Consistent application of professional standards and regulations
    • Autonomous practice, professionalism, EBP, and elements of Vision 2020 and the NEW APTA Vision
    • Correct use of the patient/client management model
    • Clinical decision making
    • The importance of lifelong learning through an individual professional development plan
    • Professional communication, including documentation

      CIs will be more effective, efficient practitioners and clinical instructors by:
    • Advancing clinical teaching concepts learned in Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (Level I)
    • Synthesizing information from APTA, FSBPT, CAPTE, and State and Federal regulations
    • Modeling, integrating, and promoting behaviors congruent with and reflective of Vision 2020, the NEW APTA Vision and the APTA Core Values
    • Achieving successful patient/client and student outcomes through use of best practice information
    • Living the philosophy of lifelong learning


All presenters are Credentialed Trainers for the APTA Basic Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP). Alecia Thiele and Lynn Frank are also Credentialed Trainers for the Advanced CCIP.

  • Lynn Frank, PT, MPT, NCS is the ACCE in the Physical Therapy Program at St. Ambrose University.  Lynn served as the CCCE at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, for 6 years prior to her appointment at the University in 2000.  Lynn has been practicing physical therapy since 1987.
  • April D. Newton, PT, DPT is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Rosalind Franklin University. April previously served as DCE at Des Moines University, and before that as CCCE at Iowa Health – Des Moines. April has been practicing physical therapy in a variety of settings since 1996 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Interprofessional Healthcare Studies.
  • Kelly Sass, PT, MPT is the Assistant ACCE at the University of Iowa Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.  Kelly served as a Clinical Instructor at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, prior to joining the University of Iowa faculty in 1997.  Kelly has been practicing physical therapy since 1993 and is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology.
  • Alecia Thiele, PT, DPT, MSEd, ATC, LAT is the ACCE in the DPT Program at Clarke University.  She has been in this position at the University since 1999, and also served as Assistant ACCE at the University in 1997.  Alecia has also served as the CCCE at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque, Iowa, since 1993.  Alecia has been practicing physical therapy since 1991 and athletic training since 1994.


All participants must attend each session in its entirety and complete the Assessment Centers to be eligible for APTA CI credentialing.

  • Basic: The workshop is offered for 16 contact hours, which may be applied toward relicensure requirements for physical therapists/physical therapist assistants.  Other healthcare professionals receive 12 contact hours. 
  • Advanced: The workshop is offered for 17 contact hours, which may be applied toward relicensure requirements for physical therapists.  

Pre-Course Assignments

  • Basic: None.
  • Advanced: Three weeks prior to the course, you will be sent an electronic list of pre-course assignments to be completed prior to the activity. 

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing at cme@dmu.edu.
  • A nonrefundable administrative fee of $100 will be charged for all cancellations.
  • No refunds will be given 10 business days prior to the activity start date.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not receive any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to any other activity.  

Hotel Accommodations

There are numerous hotels available in the Des Moines area. Below are a few options located downtown (close to campus), near the airport and west of Des Moines. Some hotels offer shuttle service to DMU, but you must inquire with the hotel directly. Some hotels may offer a discount (based on availability). Mention DMU to your hotel to see if a discount may be available. View a list of hotel options. 


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 16.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/11/2016 - 7:45am CDT
Event ends: 
07/12/2016 - 5:30pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Munroe Building
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 16.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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