Clinical Education

Clinical Education DPT PROGRAM

Clinical education is the portion of the student’s professional education involving practice and application of classroom knowledge and skills to on-the-job responsibilities.  Clinical education is an integral part of the academic curriculum.  Clinical internships take place at affiliating clinical education sites with the help of clinical educators who volunteer their

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time.  The UCA DPT curriculum for Clinical Education includes a variety of clinical education experiences in settings such as acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and out-patient as well as specialty areas both in Arkansas and out-of-state.  Experienced physical therapists provide students with quality clinical instruction.    Students apply their knowledge and practice their skills learned in the curriculum with a broad range of patients through out the age-span under supervision of their clinical instructor.  During the 36 month DPT program, students complete five clinical practica totaling 43 weeks.  Many clinical instructors are able to share their expertise and years of experience.  In addition, some PTs have completed the APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Program.

The Director of Clinical Education is Dr. Misty Booth and she can be reached at or 501-450-5543.  Resources for clinical instructors, center coordinators of clinical education, and professional DPT students can be found below.

APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) – September 22-23, 2017

The University of Arkansas and the UCA Department of Physical Therapy will host the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program on September 22-23, 2017 (Friday/Saturday) in Fayetteville, AR.  The 16 hour course (1.6 CEU) will be presented by Dr. Misty Booth.   Deadline to register is August 25, 2017.  Contact Dollie Resh at (479) 713-8600 for more information.

The Department of Physical Therapy at UCA hosts the APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing each year.   Successful completion of the assessment center results in the awarding of APTA CI credentialing.  The Course and Assessment Center will be useful for both new and experienced physical therapist and physical therapist assistant educators involved with clinical education. Although the information presented covers the basic skills for CIs, the interactive tasks and large- and small-group discussions will be of benefit even to experienced educators.

APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (ACCIP)
The APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor (ACCIP) course is open to physical therapists who have received the APTA CI Credential and have supervised at least one student. The ACCIP course provides 16.75 contact hours or 1.675 CEUs. Contact Stacey Stephens at 501-450-5549 or if you are interested. The course is not currently planned but may be in the future.

Documents For Clinical Instructors and CCCEs:

UCA DPT Curriculum Sequence – Graduates 2017

UCA DPT Curriculum Sequence – Graduates 2018

DPT Student Handbook Section F:Clinical Education

UCA Important Reminders and Contact Information

UCA CI Privileges and Responsibilities

PT CPI_Quick Click Guide

Implementing MDS 3.0 for PT students

Student Supervision for Medicare Chart

CSIF Template (MS Word)

Clinical Education Action Plan Form

UCA Library Privilege Request Form


APTA Clinical Educator