Guidelines for Clinical Facilities
Shenandoah University actively affiliates with approximately 200 clinical facilities
throughout the United States. Each clinical site participates in an application and review
process to assure that the clinical setting reflects current trends in practice and the
learning environment provides qualified clinical instructors and adequate resources that
will promote student achievement of curricular goals.
GUIDELINES FOR CLINICAL FACILITIES
1. Guidelines used in the selection of clinical education facilities are those identified
by the American Physical Therapy Association in the Guidelines for Clinical
Education endorsed by the 1993 House of Delegates and adopted by the Board of
Directors and Section for Education. The guidelines are summarized below.
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The clinical center’s philosophy for patient care and clinical education are compatible
with those of the academic program.
Clinical education programs for students are planned to meet specific objectives of the
academic program, the physical therapy service, and the individual student.
The physical therapy staff practices ethically and legally.
The clinical center is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and affirmative
action as required by federal legislation.
The clinical center demonstrates administrative support of physical therapy clinical
education.
The clinical center has a variety of learning experiences, appropriate to the setting,
available to students.
The clinical center provides an active, stimulating environment appropriate to the setting
and learning needs of the students.
Roles of physical therapy personnel are clearly defined and distinguished from one
another.
The physical therapy staff is adequate in number to provide an educational program for
students.
A CCCE, with specific qualifications, is responsible for coordinating the assignments and
activities of students at the clinical center.
Physical therapy clinical instructors are selected based on specific criteria.
Special expertise of the clinical center staff is available to students.
The clinical center encourages clinical educator (CI and CCCE) training and
development.
There is an active staff development program for the clinical center.
The physical therapy staff is active in professional activities.
The clinical center has an active and viable process of internal evaluation of its own
affairs and is receptive to procedures of review and audit approved by appropriate
external agencies and consumers.
Guidelines for Clinical Facilities
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