Integrated Clinical Experiences


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A clinical instructor is an experienced practitioner who provides supervision during clinical practice and facilitates the application of theory to practice for students and staff learners. They assist the learner by setting expectations, providing effective feedback about their performance, and providing appropriate opportunities to meet their learning objectives.

Des Moines University supports healthcare providers who choose to actively participate in the education of our students by offering excellent clinical training opportunities. Clinical instructors not only transmit skills but are mentors who convey the core values important to Des Moines University: accountability, collaboration, honesty, inclusiveness, and wellness. 

Clinical instructors do what no textbook or classroom can accomplish. As a result, the students benefit from the community-based experience, while preceptors benefit from integrating new ideas and techniques into their practices currently taught in academic health sciences institutions. Join us for a series of educational opportunities which provide precepting pearls to aid in shaping the next generation of clinicians.


This session will describe the structure and role of integrated clinical experiences for occupational therapy and physician therapy student development.

Learning Objectives

  1. Introduce occupational and physical therapy integrated experiences.
  2. Describe the structure of integrated clinical experiences.
  3. Discuss the benefits of integrated clinical experiences.


Kelsee Hove, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, DRP, is the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Des Moines University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Family Services from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008 and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2012.  She worked clinically as an occupational therapist for one year at MercyOne Newton Hospital before transitioning to On With Life, where she continues to work clinically when she has time.  Dr. Hove transitioned to academics in 2017 as an assistant professor within the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Drake University before joining Des Moines University in 2022. Dr. Hove is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Alliance of America, LSVT Big Certified, and a Driving Rehabilitation Professional.  She completed a year-long program through the University of Florida in 2019 to receive her Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation. She serves on the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Board, is a member of the Mercy College PTA Program Advisory Board, and is a member of the scholarship committee through the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists.  She has completed research in driver rehabilitation and brain injury interventions. Full biography.

Cindy Utley, PT, DPT, graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences and her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of New England. She is an associate professor and the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Des Moines University.  She has been in this position since 2014 and served as Assistant DCE since 2009. Dr. Utley’s areas of expertise and teaching are documentation, practice management, and acute care practice. Her research interests are assessment in clinical education and admission predictors and diversity for successful and inclusive DPT education. 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. She is a trainer for APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) Level I. Before entering academia, Dr. Utley practiced for 18 years in various patient care settings and was in various administrative roles in outpatient and inpatient settings. She continues to practice in acute care. Full biography.

Tracy Porter, PT, DPT, EdD, is the assistant director of clinical education and associate professor in the Des Moines University Department of Physical Therapy.  Before 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 a delegate, secretary, vice president, and president. Full biography.


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