Continuing Education

2016 Courses:



    APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

    This voluntary program is designed primarily for people interested in or involved with clinical education (clinical instructors [CIs], center coordinators of clinical education [CCCEs], academic coordinators of clinical education [ACCEs]) and is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Clinical Instructor (CI) Education and Credentialing Program.
    The program addresses issues including:
  • planning and preparing for physical therapy students during their clinical education experiences
  • developing learning experiences
  • supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback
  • developing skills of performance evaluation
  • identifying and managing students with exceptional situations
  • identifying legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation

  • Course instructors reserve the right to cancel due to insufficient registration. A full refund will be given if the program should be cancelled due to insufficient registration.



    Upon completion of the program, all documentation is sent to APTA Clinical Instructor Education Board (CIEB). Only PTs and PTAs are eligible for credentialing. All other disciplines will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The CIEB reviews all materials and in 4-6 weeks informs the participant of credential status. If the PT or PTA participant has met all criteria to become a credentialed Clinical Instructor, APTA will issue a CEU certificate for the course only if the participant is licensed in a state requiring documentation of CEUs.

    Group Discount: There is a 10% discount on the APTA fee for 5–9 persons from the same company; a 15% discount for 10-14 persons from the same company; a 20% discount for 15, or more from the same company taking the same course at the same time. 
    REGISTRATION FEE: Fees listed below cover APTA course materials and credentialing; and instructor fees.
    APTA Members: PTs or PTAs
    Total Fees: $140
    APTA Fee $90                 Credit Card Payment Form (or check payable to APTA)
    Instructor Fee $50                 Cash or check, ONLY payable to Diana Venskus; due on-site Nov 11, 2016
    Non-APTA Members: PTs or PTAs
    Total Fees: $230
    APTA Fee $180               Credit Card Payment Form (or check payable to APTA)
    Instructor Fee $50                 Cash or check, ONLY payable to Diana Venskus; due on-site Nov 11, 2016
    All other clinical disciplines
    Total Fees: $280
    APTA Fee $230               Credit Card Payment Form (or check payable to APTA)
    Instructor Fee $50                 Cash or check, ONLY payable to Diana Venskus; due on-site Nov 11, 2016
    Credit card payments are strongly encouraged for the APTA portion.
    FORWARD APTA PAYMENT, REGISTRATION FORMS AND MATERIALS TO Carlin Bowersox or Mary Cederholm; Marymount University Department of Physical Therapy; 4040 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203. FAX: 703 284-5981. Email:


    A $100 late fee payable to APTA is assigned to any late registration.

    COURSE CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration cancellation requests received in writing two (2) weeks prior to the program start date will be credited a refund, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds are credited for lesser notice, or non-attendance.The Assessment Centers provides each physical therapist and physical therapist assistant learner with the opportunity to apply information from the education program in simulated situations. Successful completion of each station in the Assessment Center results in the awarding of APTA CI credentialing.


    The CI Education didactic curriculum and the Assessment Centers are useful for both new and experienced clinical educators. Although information presented in the didactic curriculum addresses the basic skills for clinical educators, interactive activities and group discussions are beneficial to both novice and experienced clinical educators. The program is open to all clinical disciplines and at all professional levels (e.g., PT, OT, COTA, SLP).

    INSTRUCTOR: Diana G. Venskus, PT, PhD

    Dr. Venskus has an extensive history in clinical education in the metropolitan DC area, including clinical teaching in multiple settings; clinical and academic leadership in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Marymount University; and Physical Therapist Assistant program at Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Venskus is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor at the Basic and Advanced levels. She was awarded APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer status in May 2010; and recertified in 2014.
    At Marymount University, Dr. Venskus teaches research, clinical reasoning and transitions into practice. In addition, she developed and continues to lead the international, inter-professional education and practice opportunity for students and faculty in Costa Rica. Dr. Venskus has a strong history of community service in the metropolitan DC region, has been active in varied positions in the Virginia Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.



    Friday November 11, 2016 4:30-8:00 PM
    Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
    Sunday November 13, 2016 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
    COURSE LOCATION             Marymount University, 4040 Fairfax Drive Room TBA, Arlington, VA 22203
    Parking:       $8.00/day on-site on Friday. Street and alternative garage parking is available on Saturday.
Registration Requirements

Tentative Program Schedule

Friday November 11 4:30 PM Check-In and Welcome
  5:00 Section 1: The Clinician as a Clinical Educator
    Section 2: Readiness to Learn
  7:30 Assessment Center 1
  8:00 Dismissal
Saturday November 12 8:00 Review Assessment Center 1
  8:30-11:00 Section 3: Facilitating Learning in the Clinical Environment
  11:00 AM-12 Noon Assessment Center Activities
  12 Noon Lunch
  1:00-3:00 PM Section 4: Performance Assessment in the Clinical Environment
  3:00-4:00 PM Assessment Center Activities
  4:00 PM Close
Sunday November 13 8:00 AM Open Discussion Q&A
  9:00-11:00 AM Section 5: Legal, Regulatory and ADA Issues
  11:00 AM-12 Noon Program Evaluation/Session Close
    Section 6: Managing the Exceptional Student
Note: Section 6: Managing the Exceptional Student is integrated throughout discussion in Sections 1-5.
Course discussions will create a natural breaking point around the noon hour for lunch. Lunch is on-your-own. Drinks and light snacks will be provided for morning and afternoon refreshment.
 Supplemental course materials and assignments will be posted on November 1, 2016

Physical Therapy Department

Marymount University


4040 Fairfax Drive, Suite 202
Arlington, VA 22203

Mailing Address:

2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Prospective Students:

DPT applicants or prospective applicant questions should be directed to the Marymount University's Office of Graduate Enrollment Services by phone at 703-284-5901 or by email

Department Contact Information:

Phone: 703-284-5980

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