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March 4 - 5, 2017
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

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Registration is limited to 35 participants


Lynn Fitzgerald, DPT, MEd, is the Director of Clinical Education for the DPT Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her PT Degree in 1981, her MEd in educational research methodology in 2005, and her Transitional DPT in 2014. Her scholarly interests include clinical evaluation and measurement, cost-effectiveness, and the development of innovative clinical education models. Her clinical interest is in the area of early intervention. She has been a Credentialed Clinical Education Trainer since 2000 and an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Trainer since 2005.

Continuing Education Credit:

The workshop is offered for 17 credit hours, which may be applied toward relicensure requirements for physical therapists. A certificate of attendance will be provided to each participant. NOTE: All participants must attend each session in its entirety and complete the Assessment Center to be eligible for APTA Advanced CI credentialing.

Course Location:

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Physical Therapy
Bridgeside Point I
100 Technology Drive
Room 175
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Workshop Schedule

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017
    • 8 a.m. - Check-in & continental breakfast
    • 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Coursework
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017
    • 8 a.m. - Check-in & continental breakfast
    • 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. - Coursework

Course Description:

The Advanced Clinical Instructor Credentialing Program bring 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.

The program is divided into three distinct parts:

  • Pre-course assignments that include reading three articles and completing three of the online Professionalism Modules: (will be sent by e-mail upon receipt of registration)
  • Advanced clinical instructor education via an interactive didactic course format that is appropriate to all physical therapist clinical educators; and
  • Assessment (credentialing) of curricula outcomes through an Assessment Center to apply information from the Advanced CIECP

Eligibility Criteria:

The Advanced CIECP is designed for licensed physical therapists who are APTA-Credential CIs and have supervised at least one student. Requirements to register for the Advanced CIECP include:

  • Current license as a physical therapist.
  • Having earned APTA Credential CI.
  • Having mentored, supervised and instructed at least one student.
  • Clinical competence in providing physical therapist services in accordance with state laws and regulations, as authorized and attested to by the individual’s direct supervisor.
  • Completion of the Advance Participant Dossier. Dossier will be emailed to you after registration is received. Please fill it out electronically and return by email.

Fee for the course will be covered for University of Pittsburgh clinical instructors by the Department of Physical Therapy. The fee will cover the cost of the Advanced CI Participant Manual, Advanced CI Credential and CEU Certificates (17 contact hours/17 CEUs), Advanced CI Credential pin, and registry in APTA’s database of Advanced Credentialed CIs.
If you have any questions, please email Debra Utterback at