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APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program is for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists and other health care disciplines. The program prepares students for clinical education experiences by:
  • developing learning experiences
  • supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback
  • discussing performance evaluation skills
  • identifying and managing students with exceptional situations
The program closes with a brief look at legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by American with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation.

The course and assessment center will be useful for both new and experienced clinicians involved with clinical education.

During the program, an assessment center provides the course participant with the opportunity to apply information from the program in simulated situations.  Upon successful completion, PTs and PTAs receive an APTA Credentialing Certificate of Completion of 1.5 continuing education units (CEUs).

Copies of the complete participant dossier must be sent to APTA once the individual successfully completes the program. The information will then be entered into a national database of credentialed CIs. The six stations of the assessment center have been integrated into the program schedule. It is essential for each participant to attend all sessions of the two-day course and assessment center in its entirety.

Course Schedule

 Thursday, April 30, 2015
8:00 am
Registration, continental breakfast
8:15 am
Welcome and introduction
8:30 am
Section I - The Clinician as Educator
10:00 am
10:15 am
Section II - Readiness to Learn
12:30 pm
Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm
Section III - Facilitating Learning in the Clinical Environment
3:30 pm
3:40 pm
Orientation to Assessment Center, Assessment Center #1 and #2
4:45 pm

Friday, May 1, 2015
7:45 am
Check-in, continental breakfast
8:00 am
Section IV - Performance Assessment in the Clinical Environment
9:45 am
10:00 am
Section V - Legal, Regulatory and ADA Issues in Clinical Education
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm
Section VI - Managing the Exceptional Student and Student with Problems
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
Assessment Center #3, #4, #5, #6
5:00 pm
Scoring, course evaluations
5:30 pm


$180 - PT/PTA, APTA members
$280 - PT/PTA, non-members
$330 - Other health disciplines

Included as part of the registration is an APTA fee of $90 for APTA members, $180 for non-members and $230 for non-physical therapy providers. Course fees include all course materials, breaks and credentialing (for PT/PTAs). 

All participants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is limited to 20 participants. To register online, visit

If an individual is unable to attend the course following payment, he/she must request a refund no later than April 27, 2015. The amount of the refund will be equivalent to the APTA portion of the registration fee only.  

A 10 percent discount is available for groups of five or more from the same institution registering at the same time. Contact Carrie Sliwinski at (248) 370-3177 or for the group discount registration code.

Complete registration and payment online at Submit the following by fax to Kris Thompson at (248) 364-8660 or scan and send by email to
  • Completed participant dossier form. (Click link for a copy of the form. The participant dossier must be completed by participant and signed by participant's supervisor.)
  • Copy of APTA membership certificate, if applicable.
  • Copy of your professional license.
Registration confirmation will be emailed. For questions regarding the program, please contact Kris Thompson at


5036 Human Health Building 
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309

Presented By

Martha Schiller, PT, DPT 
Wayne State University

Kris Thompson, PT, PhD
Oakland University

Hosted and Organized By

Oakland University
Physical Therapy Program

Contact Us: 

Kris Thompson 
Special Instructor & Program Director