Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant’s do not have to be a Credentialed Clinical Instructor in order to serve as a CI.
This is a common point of confusion, and we want to encourage non-Credentialed Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants to take on a student. If a PT or PTA has completed the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) weekend workshop and received their Clinical Instructor Credential, then the California Physical Therapy Board Continuing Competency requirements will allow continuing education credits. Those who are certified will be able to use their service to gain up to 12 credit hours towards re-licensure.
Sections 1399.90 -1399.99 of the California Code of Regulations(CCR) describe how all California licensed Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants are required to have 30 hours of documented continuing competency activity in each license renewal cycle (every 2 years). In addition to standard continuing education courses to fulfill mandatory hours, there are alternative pathways. One alternative is to serve as a clinical instructor.
California licensed PTs and PTAs who serve as clinical instructors can earn continuing competency hours as follows: clinical instructors may collect one hour (of the 30 mandatory hours) for each week of any full-time affiliation for a student from an accredited PT or PTA program. Each affiliation must be a minimum of 4 weeks and each PT or PTA may earn up to a maximum of 12 hours of continuing competency hours in one license renewal cycle.
Effective January 1, 2013, the clinical instructor must be credentialed by APTA or hold a substantially similar credential in order to receive the competency hours. You may still serve as a Clinical Instructor after that date, but will only receive credit hours towards re-licensure if you are certified.
For more details please visit the Physical Therapy Board of California website (www.ptbc.ca.gov).