Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (ACCIP) Overview

This voluntary program is designed for physical therapists who are APTA-Credentialed Clinical Instructors (CIs) and have supervised and mentored at least one student. When participants successfully complete the Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (ACCIP), APTA will award these participants the Advanced Clinical Instructor Credential.

The ACCIP brings two constructs together in one professional development program that advances both clinical teaching and best practice when providing student clinical education. Using a case-based and interactive approach to education, this program will provide participants with the essential knowledge and skill to more effectively teach and mentor students in the context of a doctoring profession, across core areas of contemporary professional education and clinical practice that foster best clinical teaching and best practice in patient/client management. The program's unique philosophy and design will enable clinical educators to achieve the best outcomes for student learning by concurrently advancing concepts of clinical teaching and clinical practice.

The program is divided into three distinct parts:

1. Precourse assignments that include reading three articles and completing three of the online Professionalism Modules;

2. Advanced clinical instructor education via an interactive didactic course format that is appropriate to all physical therapist clinical educators; and

3. Assessment (credentialing) of curricula outcomes through an Assessment Center to apply information from the ACCIP.

These components are used together to first provide, and then assess, the knowledge and skill identified as essential for Advanced CIs. Only Advanced Credentialed Clinical Trainers recognized by APTA can conduct ACCIP courses.

Program Outcomes

After completing the ACCIP:

1. CIs will be able to teach:

  • Using pedagogical methods that enable learners with patients/clients to integrate more complex concepts by demonstrating:
  • Consistent application of professional standards and regulations in clinical education, including appropriate direction and supervision of PTAs and other support personnel.
  • Autonomous practice, professionalism, evidenced-based practice, and other elements of Vision 2020 in a consistent and clinically relevant manner in the process of clinical instruction of students.
  • Correct use of the patient/client management model to include screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, outcomes, and additionally prevention, wellness, and health promotion.
  • Clinical decision making using patient values, professional skills, and the best available evidence.
  • The importance of lifelong learning through an individual professional development plan.
  • Professional responsibilities through participation in professional association activities.
  • Professional communication in clinical practice including documentation.

2. CIs will be more effective and efficient practitioners and clinical teachers by:

  • Advancing clinical teaching concepts learned in the CCIP as applied to the novice-mastery clinical practice continuum.
  • Synthesizing information from APTA, FSBPT, CAPTE, and state and federal regulations in understanding the relationships and distinctions between and among these organizations.
  • Modeling, integrating, and promoting behaviors that are congruent with and reflective of the six elements of Vision 2020 and the core values.
  • Demonstrating best practice in documentation involving clinical practice, risk management, regulations, and reimbursement.
  • Managing patients and clients using the patient/client management model, evidenced-based practice, a clinical decision-making approach, and professional ethics as applied in everyday practice to achieve successful patient/client and student outcomes.
  • Living the philosophy of lifelong learning as a part of their professional development toward achieving clinical and teaching mastery.

Benefits of Completing the ACCIP

Here is how clinical educators who successfully complete the ACCIP will benefit:

  • Enhanced contemporary knowledge and skills in best clinical teaching and best practice in patient/client management.
  • Opportunity to participate in a unique case-based and interactive learning experience.
  • Opportunity for physical therapists to participate in a performance-based assessment process.
  • Assurance that the ACCIP meets standards of validity.
  • Professional development opportunity within clinical education.
  • Opportunity to network with other physical therapist clinical educators of varied backgrounds and experiences.
  • Individualized advanced credential that recognizes personal and professional achievement regardless of setting.
  • Enhanced skill in integrating clinical teaching and clinical practice with students.
  • US and Canadian physical therapists earn continuing education units (17 contact hours/1.7 CEUs*).

  * Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

Program Configuration and Eligibility Criteria

The ACCIP is designed for licensed physical therapists who are APTA-Credential CIs and have supervised at least one student. Requirements to register for the ACCIP include:

  • Current license as a physical therapist/physiotherapist.
  • Having earned APTA Credential CI.
  • Having mentored, supervised, and instructed at least one student.
  • Clinical competence in providing physical therapist services in accordance with state laws and regulations, as authorized and attested to by the individual's direct supervisor.
  • Completion of the Advanced Participant Dossier.
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