APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program
Level 1 registration deadline is June 26, 2022.
Level 2 registration deadline is June 19, 2022.
Please note: This is step two of the CCIP registration process. You must first complete step one through the APTA website. You will then return here to submit your payment and complete your registration.
Space is limited. Download the course brochure for detailed registration instructions:
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The Iowa Clinical Education Collaborative presents the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) Level 1 and Level 2, which will assist participants in developing and refining abilities to guide student development in a clinical environment.
Level 1: The CCIP Level 1 is a voluntary program designed primarily for people interested in or involved with clinical education, such as clinical instructors, site coordinators of clinical education, and directors of clinical education. Other health care providers who offer clinical education in a supervisory role to students, including physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, and health care providers from other professions can use this program to enhance their clinical instruction education.
Level 2: The CCIP Level 2 is designed for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who have supervised or overseen the supervision of at least one student in clinical practice or have been actively involved in student learning and education since receiving the APTA CCIP Level 1 credential. Clinicians from other health care professions who have completed CCIP Level 1 and meet the above student supervision criteria are also welcomed to participate but are not awarded the Level 2 credential.
Both courses are held in-person and run concurrently.
This course addresses planning and implementing clinical education experiences for physical therapy and other health care field students. 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.
- Plan and prepare for physical therapy students during their clinical education experience.
- Support continuing education through questioning and effective feedback.
- Acquire performance evaluation skills.
- Identify and manage students with exceptional situations.
- Recognize legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation.
Monday and Tuesday
- 7:30 am: Check-in
- 8 am - 5 pm: Coursework
The CCIP Level 2 course is designed for those who have successfully completed the APTA CCIP Level 1 course and want to further develop their clinical teaching skills and construct a clinical curriculum. The unique philosophy and design of the Level 2 course both applies and goes beyond the concepts of the structured learning environment of the Level 1 course to enable clinical educators to achieve the best outcomes for student learning.
- Discuss the benefits and key components of a clinical curriculum.
- Advance clinical teaching concepts learned in CCIP Level 1, as applied to the novice-mastery clinical practice continuum.
- Integrate professionalism in a clinical curriculum that promotes the guiding principles to achieve the Vision for the Physical Therapy Profession and the core values.
- Diagnose and foster a student’s clinical reasoning.
- Outline a clinical curriculum to provide key learning experiences critical to patient and client management in the student's practice upon graduation and licensure.
- 7:30 am: Check-in
- 7:45 am - 5:45 pm: Coursework
- 7:30 am: Check-in
- 7:45 am - 5 pm: Coursework
Once registration is received, you will be sent an electronic list of pre-course assignments to be completed prior to your attendance. There is no additional cost for pre-course assignments, and some provide additional CEUs.
Note: Due to the time required to complete the pre-course assignments, participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
All times listed are in Central Time. Agenda is subject to change.
Monday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Monday, July 11, 2022
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line, and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.
There are numerous hotels available in the Des Moines area. Below are a few options located downtown (close to campus), and near the airport. Some hotels offer shuttle service to DMU, but you must inquire with the hotel directly. All hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport.
Some hotels may offer a discount (based on availability). Mention DMU to your hotel to see if a discount may be available.
Level 1 Trainers
Kelly Sass, PT, PhD is one of the DCEs in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Iowa, and a PRN physical therapist at Mercy Iowa City Rehab Hospital. Kelly served as a Clinical Instructor at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton, IA before joining the University of Iowa faculty in 1997. Kelly has been practicing physical therapy since 1993 and received her doctorate in Educational Psychology in 2016.
Cindy Utley, PT, DPT, CEEAA is the DCE in the DPT Program at Des Moines University. She has been in this position since 2014 and has also served as Assistant DCE since 2009. Cindy served as a clinical instructor at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, before joining the faculty at Des Moines University. Cindy has been practicing physical therapy since 1991 and continues to practice as a PRN physical therapist at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center.
Both presenters are members of the Iowa Clinical Education Collaborative and are Credentialed Trainers for the APTA Level 1 Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program.
Level 2 Trainers
Lynn Frank, PT, DPT, NCS is a DCE in the DPT Program at St. Ambrose University. Lynn served as the SCCE at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, for six years before her appointment at the University in 2000. Lynn has been practicing physical therapy since 1987.
Alecia Thiele, PT, DPT, MSEd, ATC is the DCE in the DPT Program at Clarke University. She has been in this position since 1999, and has also served as Assistant ACCE at the College in 1997. In addition, Alecia has served as the SCCE at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque, Iowa, since 1993. Alecia has been practicing physical therapy since 1991 and athletic training since 1994.
Both presenters are members of the Iowa Clinical Education Collaborative and are Credentialed Trainers for both APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Programs (Level 1 and Level 2).
Each participant must attend all sessions of the course and Assessment Center in its entirety to be eligible for credentialing.
PT and PTA participants have the ability to earn 1.6 CEUs and the APTA CCIP Level 1 credential. Clinicians from other health care professions who complete the CCIP Level 1 course are eligible to receive 1.2 CEUs but are not awarded the Level 1 CI credential.
PT and PTA participants have the ability to earn 1.7 CEUs and the APTA CCIP Level 2 credential. Clinicians from other health care professions who complete the CCIP Level 2 course are eligible to receive 1.3 CEUs but are not awarded the Level 2 CI credential.
Note: Licensees should verify acceptance of CEUs with their state licensing board by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.
- All cancellations must be received in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A nonrefundable administrative fee of $20 will be charged for all cancellations.
- No refunds will be given 72 hours before the activity start date.
- Canceled registrations can be transferred to another individual for the same activity.
- Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not receive any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to any other activity.