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Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, PTA Program

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Orange County/Irvine, CA

Job Description:

The ACCE holds a faculty (academic or clinical) appointment and has administrative, academic, service, and scholarship responsibilities consistent with the mission and philosophy of the academic program. This individual demonstrates competence in clinical education, teaching, and curriculum development. In addition, the ACCE primary responsibilities are to plan, coordinate, facilitate, administer, and monitor activities on behalf of the academic program and in coordination with academic and clinical faculty. These activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Developing, monitoring, and refining the clinical education component of the curriculum,
  • Facilitating quality learning experiences for students during clinical education,
  • Evaluating students performance, in cooperation with other faculty, to determine their ability to integrate didactic and clinical learning experiences and to progress within the curriculum,
  • Educating students, clinical and academic faculty about clinical education,
  • Selecting clinical learning environments that demonstrate characteristics of sound patient/client management, ethical and professional behavior, and currency with physical therapy practice,
  • Maximizing available resources for the clinical education program,
  • Providing documented records and assessment of the clinical education component (includes clinical education sites, clinical educators, etc), and
  • Actively engaging core faculty clinical education planning, implementation, and assessment. The ACCE serves as a liaison between the physical therapy program and the clinical education site as part of his/her responsibilities. The ACCE, in cooperation with other academic faculty, establishes clinical education site and facility standards, selects and evaluates clinical education sites, and facilitates ongoing development of and communication with clinical education sites and clinical faculty. The Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education will report to the PTA Program Director.

Employment Status:

full-time, salaried, exempt

Date Posted:

Sep 13th, 2021

Essential Functions:

  • Management and supervision of the clinical education of the PTA program in accord with the needs of the clinical education program and the vision, strategic plan, and goals of the institution.
  • Maintain current knowledge of the standards of CAPTE pertaining to clinical education in the PTA program.
  • Coordinate the clinical education process by selecting and developing clinical education sites, scheduling clinical education experiences, overseeing administrative requirements (i.e. clinical education contracts and student health records), submitting appropriate forms to CAPTE, and fostering positive relations with the local healthcare community.
  • Ensure that students participating in clinical education experiences maintain documented current immunization status according to the programs policy and individual site requirements.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with the on-site clinical instructors and provide training and support in order to enhance their student programs and develop clinical experiences that align with the clinical course learning objectives.
  • Provide consultation for students throughout the academic program regarding preparation for and selection of clinical education experiences as well as for students and clinical educators to promote the students successful completion of the clinical education program.
  • Monitor quality of clinical education experiences and instruction by clinical educators through clinical education site visits and student evaluations of clinical education experiences.
  • Support the Program Director of the PTA program with the development and implementation of policies for the withdrawal of students from clinical education placement when necessary.
  • Support the Program Director of the PTA program in the preparation and submission of regular reports regarding the clinical education portion of the program to CAPTE, other regulatory agencies, and the Chief Executive Officer of the institution, as required.
  • Support the Program Director of the PTA program by teaching courses in the area of expertise, as required by the program and institution and in subordination to the primary responsibilities for management and supervision of the clinical education portion of the PTA program.
  • Maintain currency in the area of expertise by participating in scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning) as defined by CAPTE.
  • Attend departmental meetings, graduation ceremonies, and other college meetings or events, as required.
  • Foster an educational environment that is conducive to learning, respect, integrity, teamwork, and professionalism.
  • Provide outstanding customer service to all constituencies and partners of the college.
  • Work effectively with diverse populations
  • Promotes student success by showing flexibility in style and work schedule as well as exhibiting a passion for teaching and engaging students in the learning process.
  • Assesses student work in a timely fashion and conveys feedback to students.
  • Manages the learning environment by keeping accurate records, submitting grades and other reports on time, and administering academic and attendance policies.
  • Perform all responsibilities in accordance with State and Federal regulations as well as University policies and procedures.

Ensure that the clinical education in the PTA program meets the following requirements:

  • The clinical education program reflects the sequence and scope of content in the curriculum design in collaboration with faculty so that clinical education experiences strengthen the ties between didactic and clinical education.
  • Agreements with clinical education sites reflect themes of the curriculum design and realities of the healthcare environment affecting the program; and
  • Clinical education agreements are sufficient in scope and number to allow completion of graduation requirements in a timely manner in accordance with the policy adopted by the program as required by CAPTE.


  • A current license to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in the state of California
  • A minimum of an Associates of Physical Therapist Assistant; Masters or Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy preferred
  • A minimum of four (4) years of documented post-licensure full-time clinical experience and currently active in education or clinical practice, especially as applicable to clinical education.
  • A minimum of two years of experience as a Site Coordinator of Clinical Education (SCCE, formerly CCCE) or Clinical Instructor (CI) in physical therapy, or a minimum of two years of experience in teaching, curriculum development and administration in a PT or PTA program.
  • Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and organizational skills
  • Current knowledge and skill in the use of information and computer technology (e.g., word processing, e-mail, database) or proven ability to learn these skills.
  • Able to work with students with special needs based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy.
  • Able to work independently and coordinate work with colleagues and peers.
  • Able to travel, as needed.
  • Prior teaching experience in a physical therapist assistant/physical therapist academic program or equivalent coursework.
  • Knowledge of education, management, and adult learning theories and principles.
  • Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels.
  • Earned status as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

Conditions of Employment:

  • The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required of an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
  • While on-campus faculty, staff, and students will engage in daily self-monitoring which will include COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.
  • Faculty, staff, and students are required to wear face coverings when on campus.
  • Telework/ Remote work is available temporarily for non-essential operations due to COVID-19.

Work Environment:

  • Standard office/classroom setting.
  • Typically, duties are performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation.
  • An incumbent is subject to contact with others, frequent interruptions, noise from talking or office equipment and demanding timelines.
  • The employee must often meet deadlines and must report to class and/or duty assignments on time.

Physical Demands:

  • The incumbent regularly sits for long periods, walks short distances on a regular basis
  • Uses hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reaches with hands and arms; speaks clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; sees to read fine print and operate computer; hears and understands voices over telephone and in person; and lifts, carries, and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

We Offer:

  • Professional opportunities in a growing organization.
  • An organization that values and appreciates its employees.
  • A highly competitive pay and benefits package
  • A strong community service culture.

Stanbridge University is an equal opportunity employer with values and appreciation for its employees.

About Stanbridge University

Founded in 1996, Stanbridge University offers specialized degrees at the Master, Bachelor, and Associate levels in the fields of Nursing and Allied Health. Stanbridge is based in Irvine, California with an annual enrollment of over 1,600 students. For each year from 2009 through 2015, Stanbridge has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. In 2017, Stanbridge University was awarded the 2017 School of the Year Award by California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) for outstanding educational practices among higher education institutions. In 2016, Stanbridge University was awarded the Gold Award for Excellence in Community Service from CAPPS for offering students quality higher education while simultaneously maintaining efforts to assist the local community. Stanbridge University has been selected as a 2014-2015 School of Excellence by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and also received its 2015 Excellence in Student Services Award for creating a comprehensive student services program that enhances student achievement outcomes. In 2013, Stanbridge University received the ACCSC Community Service Award for outstanding outreach to the local and global community. Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., has named Stanbridge University one of America’s Best Technical Colleges for each year from 2009 through 2016. For more information, please visit or call 888-789-6208.