The Role of Director of Clinical Education (DCE):


An individual who provides the overall organization, coordination and supervision of physical therapy clinical education experiences.

Director  of Clinical Education

Amy Bala 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Amy Bala, PT, DPT, WCC, CWS, FACCWS

abala@govst.edu

Director of Clinical Education
University Lecturer
708.235.7608

 

Clinical Education Program

Students participate in clinical education experiences in diverse physical therapy settings for a total of 34 weeks.   The clinical education courses are Clinical Practicum (PHYT 7729), Clinical Internship I, II, III, and IV (PHYT 8801, 8803, 9805, 9807).  Clinical Practicum occurs at the end of the first year of study and serves to integrate the foundational sciences with the patient management courses.  Clinical Internships I and II occur in sequence during the summer and fall of the second year after the student has completed all patient management courses and most of the clinical science courses.

In spring of the third year, students complete Clinical Internships III and IV after all academic courses. Students are required to complete one inpatient experience, one outpatient experience,  one experience that focuses primarily on patients with musculoskeletal conditions,  and one experience that focuses primarily on patients with neurological disorders.  Additionally, during Clinical Internships I and II, students gather data from a patient/client, with their informed consent, for a case report.
     

Clinical Education Calendar 2019

 

Clinical Experience IV
Fourth Clinical Experience
January 14 – March 1, 2019
 
Clinical Experience V
Final Clinical Experience
March 4 – April 26, 2019

 

Clinical Experience I
First Clinical Experience
July 15 – August 16, 2019

 

Clinical Experience II
Second Clinical Experience
July 1 - August 16, 2019

 

Clinical Experience III
Third Clinical Experience
September 3 - October 18, 2019  

 

   

Interested in Becoming a Clinical Instructor?

 

Clinical Instructor Requirements:

 

  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience as a physical therapist;
  • Licensure as a physical therapist in the state in which you practice;
  • A desire to mentor students;
  • Effective role model and clinical teacher

We welcome alternate models of clinical supervision, including:

  •   2 students: 1 clinical instructor, and
  •   1 student: 2 clinical instructors

Support is available to clinical sites and clinical instructors as follows:

  • Establishing and enriching student programs
  • Providing educational programs
  • Offering support during clinical experiences

Contact either Director of Clinical Education to get started with the clinical education contract process. 

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