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 2018 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 2018 (Names in bold were also nominated in 2017:

Allison Pieracci Yurasek – Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, Roseville

Adam Theesen – Emanuel Medical Center, Turlock

Adam Beckinger – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Bryce Crenshaw – Mercy Medical Center, Redding

Carlos Maduena – Gramercy Court, Sacramento

Eric Nielsen - UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

Erin Bartucco – Easter Seals Sacramento

Jennifer Liu – Kaiser Point West, Sacramento

Jenny Schindler – Easter Seals Sacramento

Kara Hedlund – Enloe Medical, Chico

Karen Shiraki – Kaiser Santa Clara

Lauren Waltrip – Sutter Physical & Hand Therapy, Sacramento

Maricar Ramos – Rideout Health, The Fountains, Yuba City

Michael Sterken - UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

Mike Brinkman – San Luis Sports Therapy, Templeton, CA

Martha Lepow – MORE PT, San Jose

Nicole Lee - UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

Stephanie Bundschuh – Saint Joseph Hospital, Eureka

Susie Good – Tahoe Forest Center for Health and Sports Performance, Truckee

Terry Grzybowski – Kaiser Vallejo

Trisha Eastman - UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

Whitney Martinez – PRO-PT, Lemoore, CA

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.