Clinical Education Sites, CCCEs, and CIs

Approximately 6 to 8 weeks prior to the clinical experience, you should receive an e-mail from the University of Mary including:

  • Demographic information sheet on the student, which can aid in preliminary planning and setting of mutually agreeable clinical objectives. 
  • A year tag indicating the year in which a student had a clinical experience at the site will be sent to the site to place on the University of Mary clinical education plaque. If you need a plaque, please notify the DCE or ACCE via e-mail. 
  • Record of student immunizations

If a federal criminal background check is required by your facility, please ask the student for their access code.  They can print off their record for you on site. 

As soon as possible please email the DCE and ACCE the contact information for the clinical instructor, including e-mail address, so we can enter them into CPI database.  You can expect an e-mail or phone call to assess the student’s progress at midterm, or you will be contacted ahead of time if arrangements can be made for a site visit.  

Students are required to either present an in service to your staff or to assist in a project that is needed by your facility.  Examples of a project may include:  protocol development, community education, or marketing strategies. Please don’t hesitate to discuss your needs with the student. 

We also encourage you to ask the student about their required on-line discussion forum and to become involved in this—it is a unique and fun way to assist others in solving challenging clinical scenarios.  

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns. 

Handouts

  • Clinical Education Handbook 2017-2018
    This handbook contains information on the clinical education curriculum.
  • Liability Policy for 2017-2018
  • Outstanding Clinical Educator of the Year Award
    Recognizing that many clinical educators provide outstanding servant leadership and excel in the mentorship and clinical education of students, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at U-Mary has established the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award. Nominations are open to students upon completion of a clinical experience and DPT program faculty. This document details the nomination process/criteria.

Students on their full time clinical experiences must meet the objectives of each course in the U-Mary DPT clinical education curriculum. Terminal Behavioral Objectives for each Clinical Experience are measured by the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) Web and can be found under each link below.

All students will complete an on-line self-eval on the Clinical Performance Instrument Web (Version 2006) as well as have their clinical instructor complete the evaluation. The Program does not expect that any student will achieve entry level. The Program does expect that each student display progress toward entry-level in each of the criteria. A guideline is as follow:

  • Beginning to Advanced beginner performance at Mid Term
  • Advanced beginner to Intermediate Performance on final CPI on all criteria
  • No significant concerns checked

If the clinical instructor and DCE/ACCE determine that the student has met the objectives to the degree that is reflective of a first year physical therapy student, the student will PASS the clinical experience. If the above expectations are not met, the student will FAIL the experience and will need to get further experience. The amount of additional experience needed will be determined by the DCE/ACCE with input from the Clinical Instructor. Students must also meet all requirements by the respective deadlines as stated in the clinical education handbook.

  • 1st Year 1st Rotation Syllabi
  • Objectives for 1st year 1st clinical rotation
    This experience is placed between the first and second year of academics. By the end of the experience, and with the assistance of the clinical instructor, students will demonstrate the ability to perform and document a comprehensive patient examination; develop a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care; and complete interventions included in the plan of care of a non-complex patient.

All students will complete a self-eval on the Clinical Performance Instrument Web (Version 2006) as well as have their clinical instructor complete the evaluation. This is the second full-time experience and the Program does not expect that each student achieve entry level in all areas. The Program does expect that each student displays progress toward entry-level in each of these criteria. A guideline is as follow:

  • Intermediate to Advanced Intermediate Performance at Mid Term
  • Minimum of Advanced intermediate performance on the majority of criteria on the final CPI
  • No significant concerns checked

If the clinical instructor and DCE/ACCE determine that the student has met the objectives to the degree that is reflective of a 2nd year physical therapy student, the student will PASS the clinical experience. If the above expectations are not met, the student will FAIL the experience and will need to get further experience. The amount of additional experience needed will be determined by the DCE/ACCE with input from the Clinical Instructor. Students must also meet all requirements by the respective deadlines as stated in the clinical education handbook.

Students must have successfully completed the first and second academic years as well as the first clinical placement prior to initiating the second clinical experience. The primary performance expectations for each student participating in PTH 700 are: by the end of the experience, and with the assistance of the clinical instructor, to demonstrate the ability to perform and document a comprehensive patient examination; develop a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care; and complete each intervention included in that plan of care of a non-complex patient. Non-complex patients are those with limited pathologies and impairments, resulting in limited functional limitations and disabilities. Students, with increased guidance from the clinical instructor, can also complete the above mentioned objectives with complex patients.

If the clinical instructor and DCE/ACCE determine that the student has met the objectives to the degree that is reflective of a third year physical therapy student, the student will PASS the clinical experience.  If the above expectations are not met, the student will FAIL the experience and will need to get further experience.  The amount of additional experience needed will be determined by the DCE/ACCE with input from the Clinical Instructor.  Students must also meet all requirements by the respective deadlines as stated in the clinical education handbook. 

3rd & 4th Rotation

Students must have successfully completed the 3 academic years as well as the first 2 clinical placements prior to initiating the third clinical experience. By the end of the 3rd experience the student will demonstrate the ability to perform and document a comprehensive patient examination; develop a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care; and complete each intervention included in that plan of care of simple and complex patients. The student is capable of maintaining 75% of a full-time PT’s caseload in a cost effective manner.

The Program expects that each student displays progress toward entry-level in each of these criteria throughout the final two experiences. A guideline is as follow:

  • Advanced Intermediate Performance at Mid Term
  • Advanced Intermediate and Entry Level performance on the final CPI in all criteria
  • No significant concerns checked, documented and communicated to the coordinators for clinical education

By the end of the 4th and final experience the student will demonstrate the ability to perform and document a comprehensive patient examination; develop a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care; and complete each intervention included in that plan of care of simple and complex patients. The student is capable of maintaining 100% of a full-time PT’s caseload in a cost effective manner.

The Program expects that each student displays progress toward entry-level in each of these criteria throughout the final two experiences. A guideline is as follow:

  • Advanced Intermediate Performance at Mid Term
  • Entry Level performance on the final CPI in all criteria
  • No significant concerns checked, documented and communicated to the coordinators for clinical education