Clinical faculty refers to all Clinical Instructors (CI), as well as Center Coordinators of Clinical Education (CCCE). The CI is a physical therapist with at least one year of clinical experience who has volunteered to mentor and assess a physical therapy student or intern. The CCCE is responsible for coordinating assignments and activities of students at the clinical site.

Resources for Clinical Faculty. Rights and responsibilities of Clinical Faculty can be seen by clicking hereA Reference Manual for CCCEs is also available. Information about upcoming Certified Clinical Instructor Program 2-day course can be found at

Effective Jan 2013: If you wish to receive Continuing Competency Credits for your work serving as a Clinical Instructor, you will need to have taken the 2-day APTA Clinical Instructor Certification Course.  You can see course offerings  by going to the Northern California Clinical Education Constortium webpage.  This resource has information on clinical training, student management, and other helpful resources!

Recognition of Our 2013 Clinical Instructors of Excellence

The following Physical Therapist Clinical Instructor(s) were nominated by the graduating students for recognition as an excellent CI for the year 2013 (Names in bold received more than one independent nomination):

Julie Ahern – Mercy General, Sacramento

Cheryl Arikawa – Sutter General, Sacramento

Oliver Bracero – Manor Care SNF, Citrus Heights

Capt. Russell Bishop – David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB

Shawn Christensen – Rideout Health, Yuba City

Mackenzie Dake – San Luis Sports Therapy, Atascadero

Raymond Dunne – Modesto Memorial Med Cntr

Amanda Elmasian – Elk Grove Care & Rehab

Henry Escamilla – Siena Care, Auburn

Michelle Forman – Sutter Rehab Instittute, Roseville

Steve Lambert - Sutter Physical & Hand Therapy - Laguna

Suz Lowry – Sutter General Hosp., Sacramento

Mike Fritz – Sutter General Hosp., Sacramento

Patricia Hand – Sutter General Hosp, Sacramento

Patrick Hart – Shasta Regional Medical Center, Redding

Darren Johnson – St. Joseph’s Med Cntr, Stockton

Elaina Kane - Easter Seal, Sacramento

Mary Kelley – Park View Gardens, Santa Rosa

David Krantz – Fremont Rideout Hospital, Yuba City

Jesse Loera – Dameron Hospital, Stockton

Lisa Milardovich – Enloe Med. Center, Chico

Paige Milavickas - Easter Seal, Sacramento

David McHenry – Therapeutic Associates, Portland, OR

Jim McManus – John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek

Linda Muhlenkamp – Lodi Memorial Hospital, Lodi, CA

Bobby Natividad – Methodist Hospital, Sacramento

Alex Ray – North Area PT, Sacramento

Julia Salazar – VibrantCare, Rocklin, CA

Robert Silver – Kaiser,  Rancho Cordova

Rand Smith – Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles

Scott Wallace – Kaiser Point West

Will Wilbur – Pillsbury PT, Chico

Harry Whittlesy – UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

An excellent Clinical Instructor is one who:

  1. Models in their practice integration of the ICF concepts and terminology and the patient management model as described in the Guide to PT Practice.
  2. Supportively mentors the student by reinforcing student strengths and offering constructive and timely feedback to the student in integrating academic and clinical experiences.
  3. Skillfully uses the clinical environment to set up appropriate learning experiences and clearly communicates all aspects of clinical education to the student, the CCCE and the DCE/ACCE.
  4. Accurately rates the student on the assessment tool (Web CPI) with supporting documentation, integrating a fair assessment of supervision needs, patient caseload capacity and quality of student performance.
  5. Models ethical and legal practice, and excellent relations with patients, family caregivers and healthcare providers.