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National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE)

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


Our consortium represents Clinical Education Faculty (academic and clinical) affiliated with entry-level Programs that are institutional members who serve in clinical education roles such as: Directors of Clinical Education (DCE), Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education (ACCEs), Clinical Faculty (Site Coordinators of Clinical Education (SCCE) and Clinical Instructors (CI)), Clinical Education Coordinators (CEC), and Clinical Administrators/Managers (CAM). Our members are employed by ACAPT member institutions or are a clinical education affiliate with a member institution.

Each ACAPT member institution will 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 above. 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 Institutional Pair/Team" and for maintaining the currency of this information.

Our 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.

Have Your 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.

NCCE Team Registration

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

NCCE Leadership Team

  • Chairperson: Janice Howman, Ohio, University, Athens, Ohio (2019-2021)
  • Vice Chair: Tawna Wilkinson, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ (2018-2020)
  • Secretary: Jamie Bayliss, Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati OH (2018-2020)

Academic Director-at-Large:

  • Robin Galley, Nova Southeastern University, Tampa FL (2017-2019)
  • Lori Nolan-Gusman, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL (2017-2019)
  • Nancy Mulligan, Regis University, Boulder, CO (2018-2020)
  • Susan Tomlinson, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA (2018-2020)
  • Katie Myers, Duke University, Durham, NC (2019-2021)

Clinical Director-at-Large:

  • Christina Ropp, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL (2018-2020)
  • Matt Calendrillo, Springfield College, Springfield, MA (2018-2020)
  • Kara Lardinois, Duke University, Durham, NC (2018-2020)
  • Jaclyn Carson, The University of Montana - Missoula, Missoula, Montana (2019-2021)

Nominating Committee:

  • Nominating Chair (Academic): Marcia Himes, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (2017-2020); Nominating Chair (2019-2020)
  • 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)

Leadership Team Positions

The ACAPT National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) is announcing a call for candidates for the upcoming election in April 2020.  The deadline for candidates to express interest and to be considered for the slate is February 1, 2020. 

All members are encouraged to self-nominate or identify qualified candidates for the positions below.  Please send the name, contact information and the office for which the individual is recommended to Marcia Himes at MarciaKHimes@MissouriState.edu.

If your institution's NCCE Team has registered via the NCCE online registration, ONE VOTE may be cast for an institution's NCCE team.  If you have not yet registered your institution's NCCE Team, do so now by clicking on the Request to Join Box above. As with any organization, formation of a leadership team is representative of its members who vote.

Persons elected to a leadership position are expected to attend the annual ACAPT Education Leadership Conference where the NCCE annual business meeting will be held.

Open Positions:

  • Vice-Chair (1): Two-year term, 2020-2022
  • Secretary (1): Two-year term, 2020-2022
  • Nominating Committee (1): Three year term 2020-2023
  • Academic Director-at-Large (ADAL) OR Clinical Director-at-Large (CDAL) (5): Two-year term, 2020-2022 (2 ADAL and 2 CDAL and one either academic or clinical, depending on vote count)

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 Marcia Himes at MarciaKHimes@MissouriState.edu

NCCE Region Map

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This map represents the percent of NCCE member pairs relative to ACAPT member institutions as of October 2019. 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. 

Regional Consortia and Leadership Contacts

3 Rivers Area Consortium (PA, WV)

Carolina Clinical Education Consortium (NC, SC)

Central Coordinators of Clinical Education Consortium (AR, KS, MO, OK)

Central Indiana Clinical Education Consortium (IN)

Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum (IL)

Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators (FL)

Georgia Coalition of Physical Therapy Educators (GA)

Intercollegiate Academic Clinical Coordinators Council (Southern CA)

Iowa Clinical Education Consortium (IA)

Michigan PT Clinical Education Consortium (MI)

Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Physical Therapy Education (DC, MD, VA)

New England Consortium (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

New York New Jersey Clinical Education Consortium (NJ, NY)

Northern California Clinical Education Consortium (Northern CA)

Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium (MN, NE, ND, SD)

Northwestern Intermountain Consortium (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA)

Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of PT Programs for Clinical Education (OH, KY)

Philadelphia Area Clinical Education Consortium (PA, DE)

Pocono Susquehanna Clinical Education Consortia (Northcentral PA)

Tennessee Clinical Education Consortium (TN)

Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Clinical Education (TX)

Wisconsin PT Association Clinical Education SIG (WI)


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





“Parting Words”: NCCE Business Meeting   

Donna Applebaum-NCCE Chair 2015-2019                     

October 18, 2019                                                             

It has been an honor to advocate for clinical education during a time when I believe there has been a need to bring credibility to the voices in clinical education that speak our truth. It is a privilege that I have never taken lightly. The NCCE was born in 2015, over 5 years after ACAPT became an organization representing physical therapist education. Through the vision of Corrie Odom and in collaboration with the ACAPT Board, it was critical to establish an official collective voice for PT clinical education. The importance of this is that ACAPT is a standard-setting organization through votes of member programs. This paved the way for us to make recommendations to set standards for clinical education that will reflect best practices, promote excellence, and importantly, represent all types of programs. We've spent the last 4 years laying a foundation, committing to work that will inform future processes. 

More than once over the years I have wondered out loud why there is a perception among some that clinical education is broken. These are words that feel very personal to those of us who do this work. What I now believe is that there are systems that are broken, or nonexistent, causing us to work too hard, not focus on the right things, and affecting personal wellness.  Because of growth in programs and the ever-changing healthcare landscape, we cannot afford to stay in our silos. If we can fix or establish systems such as communication processes, placement processes, and curricular models, we will be able to focus on teaching and scholarship to produce stronger and more consistent outcomes, impacting clinical practice for the good of our patients and clients.

Sometimes I think we have an external locus of control, and I encourage you to take control of the future of clinical education. I hear people say, "What's APTA going to do, or CAPTE, or ACAPT..." This is all of us! For sure, we need to collaborate and work within the mechanisms of our profession. But you are the experts in clinical education. You are the ones to inform processes and curricula. You are the ones to create and interpret the evidence and make recommendations informed by practical consideration of relevant issues. Don't wait for things to happen TO us.

It has been extremely rewarding and inspiring to work alongside my fellow Board members over the last 4 years. I have appreciated their commitment, their talents, and their honesty and candor. They make up for the skills I lack and helped me stay patient when I have not felt patient. 

I want to thank my colleagues at the MGH Institute and in the New England Consortium for allowing me take my focus away from my other professional roles. Their support has allowed me to fulfill my responsibilities in this national role. This is my village.

I'm also grateful for the collaborations with CESIG leadership, past and present. Corrie had the vision, Scott Euype and Cindy Flom-Meland collaborated to create the NCCE, and the work since then with Carol Beckel, Jay Lamble and Karen Bock has been extremely positive. We are moving in a direction to create value for programs and individuals through our respective organizations.

My husband was going to come to this conference, and I told him to stay home because I'd be too busy. This is nothing new. It will be nice to make some time for him again and clean a couple windows at home.

The NCCE will be in excellent hands with Janice Howman as your new Chair. Janice is experienced, insightful, extremely hardworking, and shares a vision related to development of partnerships on all levels that resonates very strongly for me. Janice will have support of a Board that is experienced, and the support of our community to help her lead.

I leave you with a couple of images:

Work smarter…address issues that affect the system


 Lean in…(channel your inner Susan Sandberg)


Thank you!  ~Donna


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