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APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

Monday, July 14 at 12:00 AM
Des Moines University, Munroe Building, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map


Presented by the Iowa Clinical Education Consortium.

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Register today!

Registration will close on Wednesday, June 18 at midnight. 

Target Audience

Basic:  Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, speech language pathologists, recreational therapists, and other health care professionals.

Advanced:  Physical therapists who are APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructors and who have supervised at least one student since completing the basic education and credentialing program are eligible to register for this program.

Course Description

Both courses run concurrently. 

Basic:  This course addresses planning and implementing clinical education experiences for physical therapy and other health care field students.  The program is divided into two parts:  (1) clinical instructor education for all participants and (2) credentialing for PT, PTAs in the course through Assessment Centers.

Advanced:  This course brings two constructs together in one professional development program that advances both clinical teaching and best practice when providing student clinical education.  Using a case-based and interactive approach to education, this program provides participants with the essential knowledge and skill to more effectively teach and mentor students in the context of a doctoring profession. Through the program’s unique philosophy and design, best outcomes will be achieved for student learning by concurrently advancing concepts of clinical teaching and clinical practice.


Basic:  The CI Program addresses issues of:

  • Planning and preparing for students during their clinical education experiences
  • Developing learning experiences in practice tailored to meet specific student needs
  • Supporting ongoing learning through questions and effective feedback
  • Identifying and managing students with difficult and/or exceptional situations
  • Identifying legal, legislative, and regulatory implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA, HIPAA, and Medicare

Advanced:  At the conclusion of the program, CIs will be able to teach using pedagogical methods that enable learners with patients/clients to integrate more complex concepts by demonstrating:

  • Consistent application of professional standards & regulations
  • Autonomous practice, professionalism, EBP, and elements of Vision 2020
  • Correct use of the patient/client management model
  • Clinical decision making
  • The importance of lifelong learning through an individual professional development plan
  • Professional communication, including documentation

CIs will be more effective and efficient practitioners and clinical instructors by:

  • Advancing clinical teaching concepts learned in CI Education & Credentialing Program (Level I)
  • Synthesizing information from APTA, FSBPT, CAPTE, and State & Federal regulations
  • Modeling, integrating, and promoting behaviors congruent with and reflective of Vision 2020 and the Core Values
  • Achieving successful patient/client and student outcomes through use of best practice information
  • Living the philosophy of lifelong learning



  • July 14 – 15, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • July 14, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and July 15, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


All presenters are trainers for the basic and/or advanced APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Programs.  

Lynn Frank, PT, MPT, NCS is the ACCE in the DPT Program at St. Ambrose University and a member of the Iowa Clinical Education Consortium.  Lynn served as the CCCE at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, for six years prior to her appointment at the University in 2000.  Lynn has been practicing physical therapy since 1987.

Laurie Kontney, PT, DPT, MS has been a Director of Clinical Education at Marquette University since 1994.  Laurie has been an active member of the Wisconsin Clinical Education Consortium (WCEC) since its inception in 1986 and has been involved in the development and instruction of clinical instructor workshops since 1987.  Laurie is also the Chair of the Program Committee for the Education Section of the APTA and has been involved in developing and conducting programming for clinical educators throughout the country.

April DS Newton, PT, DPT is the DCE in the Physical Therapy Program at Des Moines University. April served as Therapy Education Coordinator and CCCE at Iowa Health – Des Moines, Iowa, prior to joining the DMU faculty in 2006. April has been practicing physical therapy in a variety of settings since 1996.

Kelly Sass, PT, MPT is the Assistant ACCE at the University of Iowa Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.  Kelly served as a Clinical Instructor at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, prior to joining the University of Iowa faculty in 1997.  Kelly has been practicing physical therapy since 1993 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology.

Alecia Thiele, PT, DPT, MSEd, ATC is the ACCE in the DPT Program at Clarke University.  She has been in this position since 1999, and also served as Assistant ACCE at the University in 1997.  She is a member of the Iowa Clinical Education Consortium.  Alecia has also served as the CCCE at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque, Iowa, since 1993.  Alecia has been practicing physical therapy since 1991 and athletic training since 1994.

Pre-Course Assignments

Basic:  None.

Advanced:  Pre-course assignments will be emailed within three weeks start date.


Registration will close on Wednesday, June 18 at midnight. Registrations received after this date will be subject to a $50 administrative fee.

  • If there are five or more people from one institution or facility, you receive a 10% discount off the price of the course. To register your group of five or more people, please contact DMU CME at 515-271-1596.
  • Registration includes an APTA Course Manual and learning materials, cont
    inental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments.

Basic: Limited to 50 participants

  • APTA member (PT/PTA) – $150
  • APTA non-member (PT/PTA) – $250
  • Other health professional – $300

Advance: Limited to 30 participants

  • APTA member – $150
  • APTA non-member – $250


If you are using a voucher from any of the Iowa physical therapy programs as part or all of payment, it should be indicated on your registration form. A limited number of vouchers will be accepted. Vouchers must be uploaded during registration, emailed to cme@dmu.edu, or brought with you to the activity. Voucher’s submitted after the activity will not be accepted.


Each applicant must complete a participant dossier. Dossiers must be typed. Handwritten dossiers will not be accepted. Email to cme@dmu.edu by Monday, July 7.

Basic course dossier

Advanced course dossier

Registration Checklist

As a reminder, for your registration to be complete, the following items must be submitted to DMU CME at cme@dmu.edu by Monday, July 7.

  • Payment (minus voucher amount if applicable)
  • Copy of physical therapy license (if applicable)
  • Copy of APTA membership card (if applicable)
  • Voucher (ok to bring to registration)
  • Typed basic or advanced dossier


Register today!


Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing at cme@dmu.edu.
  • A nonrefundable administrative fee (50% of registration fee) will be charged for all cancellations.
  • No refunds will be given three (3) business days prior to the activity start date.
  • Cancelled registrations can be transferred to another individual for the same activity.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to subsequent activities.

Continuing Education

All participants must attend each session in its entirety and complete the Assessment Centers to be eligible for APTA Advanced CI credentialing.  A certificate of attendance will be provided to each participant.

Basic: The workshop is offered for 15 credit hours, which may be applied toward relicensure requirements for physical therapists.

Advanced: The workshop is offered for 16.175 credit hours, which may be applied toward relicensure requirements for physical therapists.


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