Clinical Instructor Professional Development

January 27, 2022

This is a closed course. 

Target Audience

Physical therapists

Learning Objectives

  • Identify guidelines for clinical education curricula including accreditation requirements and program-specific goals.
  • Recognize the roles of clinical education stakeholders.
  • Discuss characteristics of a high-quality clinical instructor.
  • Discuss the role of and best practices for clinical performance assessment.
  • Describe effective feedback strategies.
  • Compare strategies for excelling and struggling students in the clinical environment.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities in DPT clinical education.


11:00 amIntroductions and clinical education overview
12:00 pmBest practices in clinical education
1:00 pmEffective clinical instruction across the continuum
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/27/2022 - 11:00am CST
Event ends: 
01/27/2022 - 12:00pm CST

Dr. Tracy Porter is the assistant director of clinical education and associate professor in the Des Moines University Department of Physical Therapy. Prior to joining Des Moines University, she served as academic coordinator of clinical education for a physical therapist assistant program. She has 24 years of clinical experience in a variety of practice settings. Areas of expertise include temporomandibular joint dysfunction, pathophysiology, and wellness. Dr. Porter graduated from Des Moines University in 1997 with a Master of Science in physical therapy and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in 2012. She graduated with a Doctor of Educational Leadership degree from Concordia University in 2020. She has been active in leadership in APTA Iowa as delegate, secretary, vice president, and president.

Dr. Cindy Utley is the Director of Clinical Education in the DPT Program at Des Moines University. She has been in this position since 2014 and served as Assistant DCE since 2009. She is a trainer for APTA's CCIP Level I course. Previous to her entrance into academia, Dr. Utley practiced for 18 years in a variety of patient care settings and was in various administrative roles in outpatient and inpatient settings. She continues to practice in acute care. In 1991 she graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy from Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of New England in 2013. She has been active in the APTA Academy of Education as an abstract reviewer for CSM and ELC, Nominating Committee member and chair, and Co-chair for the ELC Program Committee.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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