Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
Clinical education and training for physical therapy students is an integral component
of 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
- Adjunct clinical faculty appointment.
- Clinical Instructor (CI)
- Must serve as a placement for two or more students each year spanning June to May
- or -
- Offer priority placement for GA-PCOM students during appropriate clinical experiences.
- Must serve as a CI annually for GA-PCOM - or -
- (If CCCE is not a physical therapist or able to serve as a CI) Offer annually reserved
placements for GA-PCOM students during appropriate clinical experience.
- Online access to the PCOM library.
- Discounted continuing education courses as offered by the 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
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.