Clinical Instructor Resources


Clinical Instructor Manual

2019 KSU Clinical Instructor Manual (PDF)

2018 KSU Clinical Instructor Manual-ATT (PDF)


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Contact Information

Please contact one of our Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education for more information about the Clinical education curriculum:

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Supervision and Assessment

Online Clinic Site Information Form

(CSIF) Instructions for CPI Web Training (PDF)

Physical Therapy State Boards and Jurisdiction Information

Ohio Laws and Rules Regulating the Practice of Physical Therapy as of July 1, 2015 (PDF)

Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA (PDF) American Physical Therapy Association (HOD S06-09-20-18 [Amended HOD S06-00-13-24; HOD 06-91-06-07; Initial HOD 06-82-04-08] [Standard])

Value Based Behaviors for a PTA American Physical Therapy Association Value Based Behaviors are used to describe the expected actions of a PTA.  To explore the 8 Value Based Behaviors further click the above link.

The PT/PTA relationship (PDF) Four Things to Know by Janet Crozier, American Physical Therapy Association This article describes the expected PT/PTA relationship.  We have provided links within the article to provide you with further information on the topics discussed within the article. Some information is limited to APTA members only.

Guidelines for a Clinical Instructor (PDF) American Physical Therapy Association Within this document you will find the suggested guidelines provided for Clinical Instructors and perspective Clinical Instructors from the APTA.

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Writing Goals and Objectives

This section contains information on setting goals and writing objectives.  KSU PTST students are required to write goals with their Clinical Instructors weekly during clinical education experiences.   Writing sufficient goals and objectives can be overwhelming and challenging to students and CI's.  The provided resources can assist you through this process. 

Golden Rules of Goal Setting (Mind Tools)

Training on How to Set Goals (PDF)

Goal Setting in Rehabilitation (PDF) 

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Learning Styles

As a Clinical Instructor you will have the opportunity to provide clinical education experiences to students who will have varying learning styles.  These resources provide you with the tools to teach and assist with each of the various styles.

Understanding Student Differences (PDF) Richard M. Felder, Rebecca Brent

Index of Learning Style Questionnaire Barbara A. Solomon, Richard m. Felder North Carolina State University

Learning Styles: Understanding Your Learning Preferences Mind Tools      

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Teaching Styles

Like learning styles, Clinical Instructors are also equipped with varying teaching styles.  As important as it is for a Clinical Instructor to adapt to a students learning style it is also important for Clinical Instructors to develop the ability to vary teaching styles based on the students need.  Please review the resources in this section to increase your knowledge of the varying teaching styles.

Clinical Teaching Roles, Styles, & Behaviors 

Teaching Styles Table (GIF)

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Clinical Problem Solving

Clinical Problem Solving can be described as the process a clinician would follow to determine whether modifications need to be made within a patient's plan of care and treatment.  Clinical Problem Solving can also be described as the ability to adapt to patients responses during a treatment while keeping the patient safe.  This skill may include emergency or non-emergency situations.  This can be a difficult skill to assess therefore we have provided you with the following guide. Clinical Problem Solving is not only thought processes of solving a problem but also determining the communication needed, and who to communicate with in any given situation.  

Problem Solving Algorithm Utilized by PTAs in Patient/Client Intervention (PDF)

Developing Clinical Reasoning (PDF)

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Time Management

Time Management is often challenging for a student within the clinical setting and can occasionally affect other aspects of patient treatment and data collection.  Co-workers and colleagues can be affected by poor time management from other members of the team including the student PTA.  The follow information can provide you with time management strategies and tips.

Time Management Beat Work Overload. Be More Effective. Achieve More. Mind Tools

10 Common Time Management Mistakes Mind Tools

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This section was created to help combine methods of constructive and positive strategies for supplying your student with feedback.  Not only do students require constructive feedback, positive feedback is also very important in their clinical education.  Don't assume because your student is doing well they are aware of that.  A student without positive feedback may demonstrate decreased confidence, which may affect patient care.  Entry level students still require feedback as that is how they continue to learn and grow as PTA's.

Giving Feedback in Clinical Settings Peter Cantillon, Joan Sargeant

Giving and Receiving Feedback Gail Zack Anderson

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CI as Mentor

Center for Creative Leadership, Adaptability:


Inside Higher Ed, 7 Key Ways to Make Student Mentoring Matter:


Entrepreneur, 9 Powerful Ways to Lead by Example:


Forbes, 5 Powerful Ways Leaders Practice Patience:

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