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National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE)

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The National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) engages academic and clinical educators through partnerships to advance excellence and innovation in physical therapist education. 

How to join NCCE

NCCE represents clinical education faculty (academic and clinical) affiliated with entry-level programs that are ACAPT institutional members who serve in clinical education roles.*  Our members are employed by ACAPT member institutions or are a clinical education affiliate with a member institution.

Each ACAPT member institution should support the participation of one clinical education team consisting of at least one academic and one clinical faculty member, both of whom should be APTA members and may hold at least one of the positions described below.

The clinical faculty member should be directly involved with the institution's clinical education program. The academic faculty member is responsible for registering its NCCE Academic & Clinical Institutional Pair and for maintaining the currency of this information. See NCCE benefits and FAQ here.

Have You Registered Your NCCE Team?

To register your team, please complete the "NCCE Team Registration" form. Only team registrations will be accepted so you will need to register both persons at the same time. Please have the APTA membership numbers and emails for both team members ready prior to initiating the registration process. Again, teams are formed as institutional pairs and must register as a team in order for the institution's team to be approved.

If you have a change in team membership, please contact the NCCE Secretary, Jamie Bayliss, at ncce@acapt.org

Don't miss out on important discussions - Register for our Clinical Education Open Forum!

NCCE's mission

To lead a culture of shared accountability for physical therapist education by connecting stakeholders across academic and practice communities to facilitate integration of best practices in clinical education.

Our objectives are to support the Mission of ACAPT to promote excellence in physical therapy education by:

  • Fostering academic-clinical partnerships that provide a collective voice in academic physical therapy in support of clinical education.

  • Being a leader in advancing a clinical education research agenda that guides data driven decision making.

  • Cultivating a national infrastructure to support efficient and effective sharing of clinical education information/resources to advance a collaborative culture of quality clinical education.

  • Influencing the development of academic and clinical educator leaders.

  • The NCCE will meet at least once annually at ELC in conjunction with the annual meeting of the ACAPT and, when possible, during CSM.

Common terminology

In 2017, ACAPT's National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) developed ACAPT's Physical Therapists Clinical Education Glossary to address the problem that academic and clinical faculty often use different terminology when describing their work within physical therapy education.

*Directors of Clinical Education (DCE), Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education (ACCEs), Clinical Faculty - e.g.Site Coordinators of Clinical Education (SCCE) and Clinical Instructors (CI), Clinical Education Coordinators (CEC), and Clinical Administrators/Managers (CAM).

Watch this webinar recording with speakers Abigail Fagerholm, PT, DPT from Live Every Day and Kimberly Nowakowski, PT, DPT from Springfield College.

Reflective activities in student learners - NCCE resource-sharing webinar

Check out the NCCE second resource-sharing webinar: Acute Care Simulation Activities - featuring an ICU simulation lab designed to prepare students for the ICU. 

NCCE Leadership Team

  • Chairperson: Janice Howman, Ohio, University, Athens, Ohio (2019-2021)
  • Vice Chair: Matt Calendrillo, Springfield College, Springfield, MA (2021-2022)
  • Secretary: Jamie Bayliss, Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati OH (2020-2022)

Academic Director-at-Large:

  • Lisa Black, Creighton University, Omaha, NE (2020-2022)
  • Chris Cesario, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (2020-2022)
  • Robin Galley, Nova Southeastern University, Tampa FL (2019-2021)
  • Lori Nolan-Gusman, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL (2019-2021)
  • Katie Myers, Duke University, Durham, NC (2019-2021)

Clinical Director-at-Large:

  • Matt Calendrillo, Springfield College, Springfield, MA (2020-2022)
  • Jaclyn Carson, The University of Montana - Missoula, Missoula, Montana (2019-2021)
  • Colette Pientok, Texas Women's University, Houston, TX (2020-2022)
  • Tabitha Bonney Rozeboom, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (2020-2022)

Nominating Committee:

  • Nominating Chair (Academic): Janette Scardillo, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA (2018-2021); Nominating Chair (2020-2021)
  • Academic: Veronica Jackson, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL (2019-2022); Nominating Chair (2021-2022)
  • Academic: Jamie Dehan, University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS (2020-2023); Nominating Chair (2022-2023)

Leadership Team Positions

NCCE Leadership Positions and Description of Responsibilities:

The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Consortium and shall be an Exofficio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. S/he shall be the designated liaison to the ACAPT Board of Directors unless otherwise determined by the NCCE Board of Directors; prepare and submit written reports of the activities of the NCCE to ACAPT; prepare and submit an annual written report of the activities of the Consortium to its members. The Chairperson will assure currency of essential information on the ACAPT NCCE Website.

Vice Chair:
The Vice Chairperson shall assume the duties of the Chairperson at the request of the Chairperson or in the absence or incapacitation of the Chairperson and oversee NCCE ad hoc committees as a voting committee member.  The Vice Chair shall serve as the Parliamentarian during the Annual and Special meetings. The Vice Chair shall represent the NCCE related to any Program Planning responsibilities for ELC. 

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all NCCE and Board meetings; notify NCCE members of the date, time, and place of NCCE meetings; maintain the NCCE’s archives and correspondence; and make NCCE’s minutes and rules and regulations available to the membership and to ACAPT’s executive office. 

Nominating Committee Member:
The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members.  Those eligible to serve are either the Academic or Clinical partner from an Institutional pair from an ACAPT member institution elected by the membership for three (3) year terms, with one (1) member being elected each year.  At least one (1) of the committee members shall be a clinical partner. The senior member of the committee shall serve as Committee Chair for the last year of his/her term.

The nominating committee shall prepare a slate of one (1) or more names for each office to be filled.  The slate (i.e. list of candidates) shall be published in the NCCE newsletter and distributed to the membership at least 60 days prior to the election.  The Nominating Chair will provide the slate, together with the information on each candidate, at least 30 days in advance of the election in the same fashion followed for the publication of the slate.

Directors-At-Large (DAL):

Academic Directors at Large- The Academic Directors at Large shall represent institutional DCEs and ACCEs on the NCCE Board of Directors. The Academic Directors at Large shall serve on the Board of Directors to provide for broad-based input into the decision making process of the leadership team and assist with dissemination of information to the membership. They will serve as a regional liaison as assigned. They will perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Board. 

Clinical Directors at Large- The Clinical Directors at Large shall represent the clinical partners of ACAPT institutions. The Clinical Directors at Large shall serve on the NCCE Board of Directors and shall provide for broad-based input into the decision making process of the leadership team and assist with dissemination of information to the membership. They will serve as a regional liaison as assigned.  They will perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Board.

For questions, contact Janette Scardillo at janette.scardillo@scranton.edu.  

National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE)

ACAPT's National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) Region Map

This map represents the percent of NCCE member pairs relative to ACAPT member institutions as of March 2020. It divides the membership into regions and displays each region's NCCE Board representative.  

NCCE Regional Liaisons

The NCCE Board has collaborated with the ACAPT Board to identify regions and liaisons that align with the ACAPT regions, for communication purposes with membership. Below, we have listed the regions and states assigned to each NCCE Board representative and their email addresses. 

See regional consortia and leadership contacts here.

Attend the NCCE membership meeting to learn more about our initiatives to improve clinical education.  While voting is restricted to NCCE members, non-member DCEs and their clinical partners are invited to participate.  This meeting will be at the Educational Leadership Conference (ELC) on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 8 - 10 a.m.


Business Meeting Minutes (ELC)

Links to slideshows and meeting minutes presented to academic and clinical educators.

    Educational Leadership Conference (ELC) Regional Networking Session Presentations and Reports

    Exploring development of a clinical education resource hub  (2020 PowerPoint)

    Exploring development of a clinical education resource hub (2020 Report)

    Sharing ideas for development of a clinical education communication network (2019 PowerPoint)

    Effectiveness of local, regional and national clinical education communications (2018 PowerPoint)

    Effectiveness of local, regional and national clinical education communications  (2018 Report)

    Perceptions about variation and capacity (2017 PowerPoint)

    Structure, processes and outcomes of regional consortia (2016 Report)

    Collaborations in Clinical Education: Coordinating top-down and bottom-up efforts to advance best practices in PT education

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    Please see the institution and NCCE membership teams below. If you have a change in your membership team, please contact the NCCE Secretary, Jamie Bayliss, at ncce@acapt.org

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