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Contemporary legal issues in physical therapy clinical education

This webinar brings together a panel of experts to explore common legal issues within clinical education. Specifically, a case-based approach will be used to discuss:

  1.  How to be confident that you can dismiss a student.
  2. Legal issues around common accommodations in clinical education.

The panel will then address participant questions related to contemporary issues in PT clinical education, such as: criminal background checks, telehealth supervision, medical/legal marijuana use, COVID (exposure and vaccine; potential resultant delayed graduation and legal ramifications).

Learning objectives: 

  • Identify when it is necessary to reach out to general counsel and when it is not.
  • Be able to explain the importance of policy and procedure in clinical education.
  • Be able to justify the University’s stance on marijuana use and ability to participate in the clinic (including in states where there is legal use).
  • Be confident that the institution is in appropriate legal standing when dismissing a student.
  • Be able to revise/draft your current policy and procedures based on what are considered reasonable accommodations in clinical education.


  • Jen Becnel-Guzzo, JD, University of Delaware, Deputy General Counsel
  • Maria Cusson, PT, JD, Quinnipiac University, Director of Clinical Education
  • Anne Jannarone, MEd, EdS, Georgia Tech, Director of Disability Services
  • Patrick Pabian, DPT, PhD, University of Central Florida, Program Director
  • Ellen Wruble, PT, DScPT, University of Delaware, Program Director

If you have any questions, contact events@acapt.org.

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