The PTA Educators SIG serves as the advocate and expert resource for the education and role of the PTA. Members provide leadership, mentorship and expertise in teaching and learning to support all persons concerned with education that ensures PTAs are prepared for contemporary practice.

  • Provide means to increase and improve communication among physical therapist assistant educators.
  • Facilitate and increase opportunities for PTA faculty development and mentoring.
  • Facilitate and improve mentoring opportunities for all persons involved in the education of physical therapist assistants.
  • Advocate for the role of the PTA as the extender of care for the physical therapist within the profession of physical therapy.
  • Promote existing and create additional opportunities for PTA Educator representation in leadership roles at the national level.
  • Communicate and collaborate with physical therapist program educators.
  • Create and promote ways for the PTAE SIG to impact the APTA Academy of Education’s participation and responses to issues related (but not limited) to the education, scope of work, supervision and direction of the PTA at the national level.
  • Serve as a resource body with any/all inquiries related to the education and/or utilization of the physical therapist assistant.

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.


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. 

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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