Elaina Blankenship
Recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award

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 will find course offerings on the Northern California Clinical Education Consortium website.  This resource has information on clinical training, student management, and other helpful resources!

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

Recognition of Our 2017 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 2017 (Names in bold were also nominated in 2016:

  • Amanda Elmasian, Asian Community Services – Sacramento
  • Barbara Edmison, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Casey Maynard - UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Elaina Blankenship, Easter Seals, Sacramento
  • Michael Sterken - UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Alex Ray – North Area PT, Carmichael
  • Alisa Vanderkar – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Allison Rojo – Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno (2016)
  • Danny Panella – Sutter PT, Auburn
  • David Doron – Sutter PT Alhambra (2016)
  • David Krantz – Rideout Memorial Hospital, Yuba City
  • Dawnielle Vargas – Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez
  • France Bouchard-Gill – GlenBrook Health Center, Carlsbad
  • Frank Perez – San Francisco Giants, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Garrett Norris -  Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Carmichael
  • Greg Stewart – Kaiser Permanente, Roseville
  • Jessica Warren-Ferraro – Twin Cities Community Hospital, Templeton
  • Joe Ryan - UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Justin Hahn – Kansas City Royals Baseball, Surprise, AZ
  • Kareen Caragan – Sutter PT, Fairfield
  • Laura Wong – Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento
  • Lauren Leporini – Sutter Rehab Institute, Roseville
  • Lucy Projillo – NorthBay Medical Center, Fairfield
  • Martha Torres – PRO PT, Lindsay
  • Natalie Beggs – Campus Commons PT, Sacramento (Twice nominated)
  • Oliver Bracero – Gramercy Court, Sacramento (2016)
  • Paddy Jarit – Sports and Orthopedic PT, Fairfield, CT
  • Patrick Hart – Shasta Regional Medical Center, Redding

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.