Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
Clinical education and training are integral components of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The 36 weeks of full-time clinical experiences provide students with exposure to
a variety of practice settings and patient populations while allowing them the opportunity
to apply applicable knowledge, skills and behaviors.
Benefits of Serving as a Clinical Instructor
- Discounted/complimentary continuing education courses offered by the PCOM Department of Physical Therapy
- Continuing education credits as specified by state professional organization
- Example: Georgia- (490-4-.02) Acting as a clinical education instructor for an accredited
physical therapist or physical therapist assistant educational program; Continuing
competence credit is one (1) hour per eight (8) contact hours with a maximum credit
of 10 hours
- Adjunct clinical faculty appointment. Requirements for appointment are as follows:
- Clinical Instructor (CI)
- Must serve as a placement for two or more students in a three-year span
- SCCE (previously CCCE)
- Must serve as a CI annually for GA-PCOM - or -
- (If SCCE/CCCE is not a physical therapist or able to serve as a CI) Offer annually
reserved placements for GA-PCOM students during appropriate clinical experiences
- Access to the online PCOM library and access to librarians
- Opportunities for research collaboration
- Service opportunities
- International medical missions as available
- Opportunities for guest lecturing
- Access to faculty and opportunities to access GA-PCOM facilities/equipment
How to Become a Site for Clinical Experiences
- Clinical instructor must be a licensed physical therapist in his or her state of practice.
- Must have completed one year of clinical practice.
Clinical Site Requirements
- Must be able to provide direct supervision of the student during patient/client interactions.
- Provide open lines of communication with DCE regarding student’s performance.
- Must be able to evaluate students’ performance based on professional judgment and
by use of the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI).
- Must maintain an ethical approach to the care of patients by serving as a role model
for the student.