APTA's Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument (PTA CPI), voluntary standardized valid instruments that assess student performance during clinical education experiences, were initially developed and field tested during a three-year period and published for use with physical therapist assistant students in 1999. With ongoing use during a 10-year period, changes in physical therapy practice, and entry-level education, it was necessary to undergo revision of both instruments to more accurately reflect expectations of graduates from physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs. The Physical Therapist Assistant CPI (PTA CPI) was revised, field tested, and approved by APTA's Board of Directors in April 2008. The PTA CPI: Version 2008 transitioned to a Web-based system in July 2010 that allowed for easy access by all users, ability to view and compare completed midterm and final reports online by users, access to a pdf version of the PTA CPI, easy data retrieval, and with enhanced features that permit information communication through smart e-mail and the design of the system.
Getting PTA CPI Web
PTA education programs interested in using or learning more about the PTA CPI Web should contact Liaison International by completing the online registration.
Clinical Educators and Students
Training modules for the Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument Web (PT CPI Web) and the Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument Web (PTA CPI Web) are now delivered through a single user-friendly platform. The platform is a "one-stop" system that simplifies registration and helps users onboard more quickly.
The training is free and open-access, allowing users to quickly and easily download the resources they need, and the site includes a Clinical Assessment Suite Help Center with special assistance areas for program staff, clinical education coordinators, clinical instructors, and students. The modules can be viewed as often as users prefer.
Users who have completed the modules on the previous APTA Learning Center-based platform do not need to re-take the modules in the new platform, but they do need to download completion certificates, found here. The certificate and CEU files will remain in the APTA Learning Center until March 1, 2019. After March 1, 2019, the certificate and CEU files will no longer be available.
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The CPI annual fee to academic programs includes access to this system by ACCE/DCE, program administrator, students, clinical instructors, and center coordinators of clinical education. Learn more about the pricing for the Suite of Assessments (.pdf) (CPI, CSIF Web, Site Assign) available through Liaison International.