The Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) course content revolves around the principles and methods of teaching and instruction, and incorporates an inter-disciplinary approach to course interaction. Courses regularly include clinicians from a variety of other health care professions such as occupational therapy, speech language pathology, nursing, and more. This diversity of participation further enhances the richness of the class interactions, and reinforces the shared commitment to the highest quality of clinical instruction.
The course culminates in a 3 hour assessment center, which requires participants to demonstrate their understanding of the course material through a simulated clinical learning environment. Because this simulation requires an underlying knowledge of the principles of physical therapy, professionals from other health care disciplines are not able to participate and therefore ineligible to complete the assessment center. This precludes the awarding of APTA's Clinical Instructor (CI) Credential, and reduces the amount of continuing education which is awarded from 1.5 hours to 1.2.
To be considered eligible to enroll in a CCIP course, individuals from other health care professions must attain a minimum of one year of clinical experience.