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Fostering student professional behaviors and skills by implementing an early part-time ICE

ACAPT's National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) engages academic and clinical educators through partnerships to advance excellence and innovation in physical therapist education. NCCE membership is made up of one academic partner and one clinical partner from each ACAPT member institution. If you haven’t already done so, your academic program can join NCCE for free by registering your institution pair. Email ncce@acapt.org with questions.

Transitioning from student to clinician is a journey and takes time. But why not set the bar high and expect the practice of professional behaviors and skills at matriculation? 

After just 6 weeks in DPT program, students at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California begin a part-time integrated clinical education (ICE) we call “Fall Fridays,” for 4 hours per day for 5 consecutive Fridays. They are placed with local clinicians who know our program and the level of the students.

  • Students appreciate applying what they are learning right away in the program, and most say they did not realize how much they knew so early in the curriculum. 
  • Clinicians love the opportunity to help shape future PTs early in their training, and often invite students back for full-time experiences. 
  • This part-time ICE helps nurture the program-to-clinic relationship and pave the way for future placements

Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation the attendee will be able to:

  • Recognize the benefits for all stakeholders of an ICE in the first semester of a PT/PTA program.
  • Identify the key stakeholders’ roles for creating a successful, early ICE.
  • Strategies to incorporate sensor technology in clinical practice, sports settings, and home use.



  • Alicia Rabena-Amen, PT, DPT, DCE, University of the Pacific Department of Physical Therapy
  • Fatema Ghani, PT, DPT, SCCE, Golden Bear Therapy Partners
  • Tyler Goslinga, PT, DPT, CI, Golden Bear Therapy Partners
  • Amber Orchard, First-Year Student Physical Therapist, University of the Pacific

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

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