The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and the APTA Academy of Education worked collaboratively to develop a glossary of physical therapy clinical education terms for both PTs and physical therapist assistants (PTAs).

The initial glossary was developed after a review of the physical therapy literature, extensive discussion and debate by the ACAPT Common Terminology Panel, and engagement of key stakeholders within the physical therapy clinical education community. The glossary is divided into major categories and, as applicable, definitions are referenced.

You can also read the published article: Recommendations from ACAPT's Common Terminology Panel (2018).

If you have suggestions for other terms, please contact us.

Terms will be added over time.


Keshrie Naidoo, PT, DPT, EdD to take over the leadership position


(Marietta, GA, October 2022) The APTA Academy of Education is excited to announce that Keshrie Naidoo, PT, DPT, EdD, will assume the Editor-in-Chief position of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education beginning in January 2023. Dr. Naidoo will oversee the journal’s strategy implementation, review process, and manuscript production.


Dr. Naidoo currently serves as a Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor, Director of Academic Curriculum, and Director of the Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) in Boston, MA. Naidoo holds a Doctor of Education from John Hopkins University, and a Doctor in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is also a recent recipient of the IHP’s New Investigator Award.


Regarding her goals for the Journal, Naidoo will strive “to advance Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in physical therapy education and to promote and support education research around supporting minoritized students to reach their highest academic outcomes.”


Since 2020, Naidoo has published ten manuscripts, submitted six grant applications, and revised four book chapters. She is passionate about education research, writing and mentoring novice researchers throughout the publication process.


The APTA Academy of Education, on behalf of its members, would like to publicly thank the current Editor-in-Chief Susan Wainwright, PT, PhD and Associate Editor Joyce Maring, PT, DPT, EdD for their dedication and service to the Academy and its journal as they complete their term.


Clinical Education Town Hall

The Clinical Education SIG, National Consortium of Clinical Educators, and PTA Educators SIG hosted a Town Hall Meeting on June 27th at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Steven Chesbro was our guest during this meeting to discuss the upcoming CPI revisions and new technology platform. 

Click Here To View The Powerpoint: 




Message from APTA

If you have any questions, please reach out to CE SIG Chairs Carol Beckel and Karen Bock (

APTA Academy of Education Clinical Education Special Interest Group