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Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program Level 2 is designed for those people who have successfully completed APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Level 1 and want to further develop their clinical teaching skills and construct a clinical curriculum.

The unique philosophy and design of CCIP Level 2 both applies and goes beyond the concepts of the structured learning environment of CCIP Level 1 to enable clinical educators to achieve the best outcomes for student learning.

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Course Objectives

At the conclusion of CCIP Level 2 training, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the benefits and key components of a clinical curriculum.
  • Advance clinical teaching concepts learned in CCIP Level 1, as applied to the novice-mastery clinical practice continuum.
  • Integrate professionalism in a clinical curriculum that promotes the guiding principles to achieve the Vision for the Physical Therapy Profession and the core values.
  • Diagnose and foster a student’s clinical reasoning.
  • Outline a clinical curriculum to provide key learning experiences critical to patient and client management in the student's practice upon graduation and licensure.
  • Integrate interprofessional education and collaborative practice into a clinical curriculum.
  • Incorporate advocacy into a clinical curriculum.

PT and PTA participants have the ability to earn 1.7 CEUs and the APTA CCIP Level 2 credential. Clinicians from other health care professions who complete the CCIP Level 2 course are eligible to receive 1.3 CEUs, but are not awarded the Level 2 CI credential.

Benefits of Completing CCIP Level 2

  • Enhanced contemporary knowledge and skills in best clinical teaching.
  • Improve the quality of the clinical education experience at your facility through a clinical curriculum.
  • Opportunity for PTs and PTAs to participate in a performance-based assessment process.
  • Assurance that CCIP Level 2 meets standards of validity.
  • Professional development opportunity within clinical education.
  • Network with other clinical educators of varied backgrounds and experiences.
  • Individualized credential for PTs and PTAs who recognize personal and professional achievement regardless of setting.
  • Refine skills in integrating clinical teaching and clinical practice with students.
  • CEUs (17 contact hours/1.7 CEUs*) for United States and Canadian PTs and PTAs.

Eligibility Criteria

Requirements to register for the Level 2 course:

  • Complete a registration for the course.
  • Complete course prerequisites, including a series of three online professional development modules and review of four journal articles from APTA’s PTJ.
  • Course registration fees: ($100/members, $225/nonmembers and other disciplines).*

*Included as part of the course registration fee are the Level 2 Manual, Assesment Center, CI Credential and CEU Certificates, CI Level 2 credential pin, and registry in the APTA database. Contact CCIP@APTA.org for more information.

Requirements to receive the CCIP 2 credential:

  • Current license as a PT, PTA, or other health care professional.
    Have earned APTA CCIP Level 1 credential (for other health care professionals, have earned Level 1 CEUs).
  • Mentored, supervised, and instructed at least one student since completing CCIP Level 1.
  • Taken the assessment (PTs and PTAs).

About the Assessment Center

The Assessment Center provides the opportunity to apply information from the program in various simulated situations/stations. Successful completion of each station in the Assessment Center results in the awarding of APTA CI credentialing. Each participant must attend all sessions of the course and assessment center in its entirety to be eligible for credentialing. The Level 1 course is a two-day course that may be offered in several different configurations, depending on the accessibility and needs of learners.

  • The course and Assessment Center will be useful for both new and experienced PT and PTA educators involved with clinical education. Although the information presented covers the basic skills for CIs, the interactive tasks and large- and small-group discussions will be of benefit even to experienced educators.
  • PTs and PTAs who successfully complete this course will receive a credential, which verifies their status as an APTA CI as well as 1.6 CEUs, which may be used to satisfy licensure renewal requirements.

*Included as part of APTA's course registration fee are the Level 2 manual, Assessment Center, CI Level 2 credential and CEU certificate(s), CI Level 2 credential pin, and registry in an APTA database. Additional fees by the sponsoring organization may apply to cover course related expenses. For more information, contact ccip@apta.org.

Note: Licensees should verify acceptance of CEUs with their state licensing board by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

Successful completion of the two-day course and Assessment Center provides credentialed CIs with 1.7 CEUs and APTA CCIP Level 2 credential. Clinicians from other health care professions who complete CCIP Level 2 are eligible to receive 1.3 CEUs, but are not awarded the Level 2 CI credential.

CCIP 2 Program Policies and Procedures

CCIP Level 2 Course Pre-Course Assignment
This pre-course work is to be completed before attending the CCIP Level 2 course. The assignment will prepare participants for the discussion and cases addressed during Section III: Professionalism of the course.

NOTICE - In person CCIP Events Suspension for the Remainder of 2020:


July 9, 2020

Dear CCIP Trainers:

After much consideration, APTA has determined it is necessary to suspend several APTA-sponsored activities through the remainder of the year due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes any in-person CCIP courses.

This decision was not an easy one. The association fully appreciates the value this clinical instructor training contributes to the physical therapy profession. However, as an association dedicated to improving societal health, the safety of our trainers and registered participants must be the top consideration.

APTA is supporting efforts currently underway to offer the CCIP Level 1 course through a virtual platform. Program staff are coordinating the necessary logistical efforts and training that will be required to move this alternative model forward. Updates will be provided on these efforts in the coming months. We are hopeful we could have at least limited offerings available by Q4 of this year.

Should you have questions or concerns about this decision or efforts moving forward, please direct those to Keith Mendenhall, APTA’s CCIP Program Manager, at ccip@apta.org.

Thank you for your continued contributions to the profession.

Keith Mendenhall
Manager, CCIP Program Manager

Derek Stepp
Director, Postprofessional Credentialing