PTA Program Clinical Education

The following content is exclusively for currently matriculated PTA program students, Clinical Coordinators of Clinical Education, and Clinical Instructors.  Students who have not yet been accepted into the PTA program should disregard this information.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program has established policies and procedures to ensure that clinical education is provided in an effective, safe, and ethical manner.  All individuals involved in the program’s clinical education curriculum should be familiar with these policies and procedures, as well as, the guidelines specific to his/her individual role in the clinical environment as delineated by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  Many of these policies, procedures, and guidelines may be accessed here, along with other PTA program clinical education resources.

Student Resources

PTA Clinical Education Manual 2015 - 2016

APTA Learning Center CPI Training Course (CPI Web version)

Clinical Skills Self Assessment Form

Student Clinical Experience and Clinical Instruction Evaluation Form

Clinical Instructor Resources

PTA Clinical Education Manual 2015 - 2016

PTA 190 Student Competencies

PTA 290 Student Competencies

Student Supervision Guidelines

APTA Guidelines for Clinical Instructors

Clinical Instructor Self Assessment Tool

Clinical Teaching Verification Form for continuing education hours

APTA Learning Center CPI Training Course (CPI Web Version)

Center Coordinator of Clinical Education Resources

PTA Clinical Education Manual 2015 - 2016

APTA Guidelines for Clinical Coordinators of Clinical Education

APTA Guidelines for Clinical Education Sites

Clinical Teaching Verification Form for continuing education hours 

APTA Learning Center CPI Training Course (CPI Web Version)

Additional Resources

APTA Minimum Required Skills of PTA Graduates at Entry-Level

APTA Value Based Behaviors for the PTA

APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA