The Role of Co-Director of Clinical Education (DCE):


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

Co-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 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
     
     

     Clinical Education Calendar 2020

    • Clinical Experience IV 
      Fourth Clinical Experience
      January 13– February 28, 2020

    • Clinical Experience V
      Final Clinical Experience
      March 2 – April 24, 2020

    • Clinical Experience I 
      First Clinical Experience
      July 13 – August 14, 2020

    • Clinical Experience II 
      Second Clinical Experience
      June 29 - August 14, 2020

    • Clinical Experience III
      Third Clinical Experience
      September 8 - October 23, 2020
       
     

    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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