Clinical Education for Educators

Physical therapists in a clinic working with a patient

The clinical education faculty for the program is comprised of respected members of the professional community who collaborate with the academic program in the delivery of the clinical education program. Clinical education faculty members include Center Coordinator’s of Clinical Education (CCCE) and Clinical Instructors (CI). Clinical education faculty members provide direct development, supervision and mentoring to student physical therapists and may contribute to the design, implementation, and assessment of the curriculum plan, mission, and philosophy of the Program through formal and informal feedback processes. Some of the benefits offered to our clinical faculty are listed below.


The George Washington University (GW) Physical Therapy (PT) program supports the development of clinical education faculty through their role as teachers and mentors of students in the clinical setting. The Director of Clinical Education (DCE), Assistant Director of Clinical Education (ADCE), and other members of the core faculty are available to serve as consultants for clinical education faculty in preparing for a student, developing educational strategies specific to the clinic, and shaping your clinical education program at your facility.


The PT program supports clinical education faculty professional development with opportunities to engage in collaborative projects, such as clinically relevant research and publication/dissemination of case studies, posters, and articles.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Some states recognize the mentorship of student physical therapists as professional development. These jurisdictions may accept documentation from the physical therapy program to fulfill continuing education requirements necessary for license renewal. Please refer to your state's practice act and contact the DCE if we can help!

The GW PT program hosts several continuing education opportunities during the year. All clinical education faculty are invited to attend at a discounted rate. In addition to courses hosted at the GW PT program facilities, our faculty has provided continuing education sessions at our partnering clinical sites. Topics have included vestibular rehabilitation, updates in neuroanatomy and clinical correlates, and casting and splinting interventions for the pediatric client.

We also host an annual Clinical Education Faculty Focus Group. We invite you to participate in problem solving discussions with the core faculty and other clinical instructors as well as attend a free continuing education seminar on clinically relevant topics. This past fall, the education topic was “Planned Learning Experiences: Target Your Teaching".

In addition to GW developed clinical education training sessions, we have core faculty trained and certified to teach the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP). We offer the APTA CCIP at GW annually through an exclusive course for partnering sites, CIs, and alumni. Spots are limited so please let us know if you are interested so we can add you to our list! Additionally, we have collaborated with clinical partners to host their own APTA CCIP to provide clinical teaching training within the comfort of their own site.

GW is also proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Physical Therapy Education (MAC) and participates in the planning of the annual MAC event offered to area clinical educators each spring.

Look for upcoming information on great continuing education related to clinical teaching!

Voluntary Faculty Appointment

Clinical education faculty members that mentor at least one full time GW student per year are eligible for recommendation for a voluntary faculty appointment. Faculty interested in this benefit should contact the Director of Clinical Education or the Clinical Education Specialist to initiate the process.

Benefits of a voluntary faculty appointment at GW include:

The GW PT program maintains contracts with clinical facilities all over the United States as well as two international sites. We value our clinical educators are always seeking additional quality sites for our students for both part-time and full-time clinical experiences. If your site is interested in affiliating with GW, please contact the Clinical Education Specialist.