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SIGs Clinical Education SIG

The AzPTA Clinical Education Special Interest Group began as a consortium started by the Directors of Clinical Education from the four entry-level DPT and six PTA educational programs in Arizona in 2011. We serve as a resource to support the success of the student and clinical instructor in quality learning environments.

We encourage collaboration and innovation in the professional development of both the novice and experienced clinical instructor. Our common goal is to define and promote excellence in clinical education within the state of Arizona.

Goals of the SIG:

To serve as a conduit for encouraging and enhancing communication between the APTA Clinical Education SIG, National Consortium of Clinical Educators, and clinical educators within the state of Arizona.

  • To increase the participation of clinical educators in the AzCESIG, Chapter, and Association.
  • To provide continuing education in areas pertinent to clinical education and teaching.
  • To foster best practice strategies in clinical education in an atmosphere of evidence based practice.
  • To represent the interests of AzCESIG members before the official decision-making bodies of the Chapter, Association, and other components

Leadership Team

Are you a recent grad considering stepping into the role of clinical instructor?

Have you worked with students before, and wondered what you could do to improve the experience for you, your student, your patients, and your productivity?

Are you an established professional with a desire to hone your mentorship skills??

The CE SIG has answers for you! As institutional members of the Northwest Intermountain Consortium of Clinical Educators, we have contributed to a compendium of online resources and information which can be accessed at Take a look, and let us know what you think.

Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program Information

Arizona CCIP Trainers:

Debbie Bierwas
Midwestern University Glendale Campus

Lori Bordenave
AT Still University

Ellen Lowe
Franklin Pierce University Goodyear Campus

Lorie Kroneberger
Northern Arizona University

Clinical Education SIG Bylaws

CESIG Bylaws (pdf)
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