Welcome to the home page of the Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium (NPCEC). We are a group of physical therapists (PT) and physical therapist assistants (PTA) in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota promoting clinical education in physical therapy.
Educating future physical therapists and physical therapist assistants is a skill. Acquiring this skill is similar in nature to acquiring any other skill: some are inherently good at it and some need teaching to develop it. Regardless, all clinical educators of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students can either develop or share their teaching experiences with others. Unfortunately not enough clinical instructors have resources to use when working with students. We are here to serve as a resource for you!
Members of the Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium (NPCEC) are Directors of Clinical Education (DCE), Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education (ACCE) or Center Coordinators of Clinical Education (CCCE) at physical therapy or physical therapist assistant programs in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. We also have clinician members in these three states that serve as clinical instructors for students.
Many of our members are certified trainers in the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program. Each year we also present at our respective state APTA conferences on a clinical education topic. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding clinical education in PT or PTA education. Go to the CONTACT US link for contact information.
To support and promote student physical therapist and student physical therapist assistant clinical education and partnerships between NPCEC and clinical sites through collaboration, professional development and research.