Clinical Instructors
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.
    • CCCE
      • 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

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Wiley, PT, DPT
Director of Clinical Education
Email: jennifewi@pcom.edu
Phone: 770-682-2313

Kimberly Frazier
Administrative Assistant
Email: kimberlyfr@pcom.edu
Phone: 770-682-2306

Qualifications

  • 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.