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 2015 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 2015 (Names in bold received more than one independent nomination):

Capt. Danielle Anderson, David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB

Travis Breeding, Enloe Medical Center, Chico

Tara Little, Auburn Oaks Care Center, Auburn

Mat Moore, Physical Edge, Davis

Paul Hansen, Parkview Gardens, Santa Rosa

Tim Josten, Kaiser, Vallejo

Terry Grzybowski, Kaiser, Vallejo

Michael Ostrowski, Neurosport,  Pleasanton

Mike Fritz, Sutter General, Sacramento

Oliver Bracero, Manor Care, Citrus Heights

Robert Asuncion, Results PT, Carmichael

Brandon DeMille, Kaiser, Sacramento

Ingrid Parry, Shriner’s Hospital, Northern California

Debbie Minter, Shriner’s Hospital, Northern California

Marcos Rodriguez, Ventura County Med. Center

Eunice Echegoyen, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Mark Traffas, Plum Tree Care Center, San Jose

Christine Heywood, Kaiser, Santa Clara

Leigh Langerwerf, Butte Premier PT, Chico

Beth Loftis, Therapy Specialists, San Diego

Russell Bishop, David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB

Natalie Scalfani, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Steven Bruce, High Desert Therapists, Reno

Elaina Kane, Easter Seals, Sacramento

Paige Milavickas, Easer Seals, Sacramento

Erin Bartucco, Easer Seals, Sacramento

Diana Huffman, Avid PT, Indio

Kevin Stemple, VA, Redding

Julia Nattkemper, Kaiser, Sacramento

Monika Rebalska, Modesto Memorial Medical Center

Lisa Symington, Auburn Oaks Care Center, Auburn

John Donald, Kaiser, Roseville

Josh Soria, Sutter, Roseville

Tim Blankenship, Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento

Peter Randall, Sonora Regional Medical Center, Sonora

Congratulations to ALL!

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.