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Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP)
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Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP)

The course and assessment center will be useful for new and experienced health care professionals involved with clinical education. While the information presented covers the basic skills for clinical instructors, the interactive tasks and large and small group discussions will be of benefit even to experienced clinical educators. Members of professions other than PT who attend will receive a certificate of completion, but may not complete the assessment center or receive the credential.

11/7/2015 to 11/8/2015
When: 11/7/2015
Where: San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Dr.
Room S-201
San Diego, CA  92111
United States
Presenter: Marijean Piorkowski, PT, DPT
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782

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Course Description

This program is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Clinical Instructor (CI) Education and Credentialing Program. The program was developed through a grant funded by APTA. The program addresses issues of planning and preparing for students from the health care disciplines during their clinical education experiences; developing learning experiences and supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback. Skills of evaluation are discussed, as well as the identification and management of students with exceptional situations. The program closes with a brief look at legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation.

The “Assessment Center” provides each participant with the opportunity to apply information from the program in simulated situations. Successful completion of each station in the Assessment Center results in the awarding of APTA’s CI Credential. The six assessment center stations are integrated into the program schedule.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify roles and responsibilities of CI’s
  • Assess a student's readiness to learn
  • Plan clinical learning experiences
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Demonstrate skills to manage the exceptional student
  • Discuss legal issues in clinical education


Marijean Piorkowski, PT, DPT is retired as the Department Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Cerritos College in 2009. She is a graduate of Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles Physical Therapy program, received a MS in Kinesiology from UCLA, and her DPT from Western University. She has been a physical therapist since 1965, a clinical instructor, a clinical coordinator of clinical education, and academic coordinator of clinical education. She continues to practice in an acute care hospital. She has taught the APTA Clinical Education and Credentialing Program course since 1997.

Course Schedule

November 7, 2015


7:45-8:00 am
8:00-8:15 am
8:15-9:30 am

9:30-9:45 am
9:45-12:15 pm

12:15-1:15 pm
1:15-3:15 pm

3:15-3:30 pm
*3:30-5:00 pm






Section I
The Clinician as Clinical Educator
Section II
Readiness to Learn
Lunch (on your own)

Section III
Facilitating Clinical Learning
Orientation to the Assessment Center (AC) and Score Report
AC Stations 1 and 2
Scoring, Questions, and Answers


  November 8, 2015

8:00-10:00 am

10:00-10:15 am
10:15-12:15 pm

12:15-1:30 pm
1:30-3:00 pm

3:00-3:15 pm

*3:15-5:30 pm


Section IV
Performance Assessment/CPI
Section V
Legal Issues
Lunch (on your own)
Section VI
Managing the Exceptional Student
AC Stations 3, 4, 5, and 6
(Take a break as needed any time after Station 4)
Scoring and Post-test
Questions and Answers
Course Evaluation


Approved for 15.0 contact hours or 1.5 CEUs

Target Audience

PTs and PTAs who work with students or foreign trained licensed applicants. Instructional Level is Basic-Intermediate.

Registration Fees

Registration received by October 23, 2015
$350 APTA PT and PTA members
$560 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.
No on-site registration permitted.


Cancellation: All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after October 23, 2015.



Free surface parking


Four Points Sheraton San Diego
Town & Country Resort
Residence Inn San Diego Central

Special Note(s)

Registrants must complete a dossier. No license is required (anymore)! Dossier is emailed to you directly following completion of online registration.


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