Clinical Education Assessment

Evaluation is the professional judgment about a student's ability to meet the established standards and clinical practicum objectives. Students are assessed on clinical performance for each clinical experience using the PTA Clinical Instrument Evaluation Tool (CIET).

All Clinical Practicum courses earn grades of “pass/fail”. In order to pass each clinical experience, students must earn a minimum overall grade of 75% and achieve the minimum level for designated clinical performance as described below:

Summary of Minimum Rating Performance Expectations for All Clinical Practicums

CP I- PTA 125 CP II- PTA 220 CP III- PTA 240 CP IV- PTA 245
Length of Clinical 1 week 3 weeks 5 weeks 6 weeks
PTA CIET Professional Behaviors: Communication Skills
Safety Most of the Time Most of the Time Always Always
Professional Ethics Most of the Time Most of the Time Always Always
Initiation Most of the Time Most of the Time Always Always
Communication Skills Sometimes Most of the Time Most of the Time Always
PTA CIET Section 2. Patient Management Skills
Data Collection Well Below Below At that Level for Familiar Patients At that Level for All Patients
Interventions Well Below Below At that Level for Familiar Patients At that Level for All Patients
PTA CIET Global Rating of Student Clinical Performance
Global Rating Scale Assessment (0-10) 0-3 4-5 6-7 8-9
PTA Clinical Skills Checklist (must be reviewed and signed by CI)
PTA Clinical Skills Checklist: Data Collection and Interventions Document competency level for each category listed (substantiate with observable and measurable comments): Observed (O), Needs additional practice (N), Competent (C), or Not Applicable (N/A) Competency in all Data Collection and Intervention categories (as applicable)
Professionalism Expectation (assessed by academic faculty; refer to PTA Program Handbook)
Professionalism Grading Beginning Intermediate Entry-level Competent Clinician

Clinical Education Assessment Instruments/Tools

Exxat Student Profile and Clinical Questionnaire

Prior to each clinical experience, all students will complete/update their online student profile and clinical questionnaire in Exxat. Students will send their CI a link to their profile prior to the clinical start date. Information includes contact information, prior clinical education experience, self-identified expectations and goals of the clinical experience.


The Clinical Internship Evaluation Tool (CIET) was developed by the University of Pittsburgh and has been established as a validated assessment tool for PT students during clinical education experiences and has been in use since 1998. The PTA CIET has been adapted, with permission by the author, to assess clinical performance specific to the roles and responsibilities of the PTA student during clinical education experiences. Clarkson College utilizes the PTA CIET, operational definitions, and rating scale for both students and CIs to evaluate student performance during all clinical experiences. The PTA CIET is accessed online through Exxat.

PTA CIET User Training

All students and clinicians serving as a CI to any Clarkson College PTA student must complete the provided training to ensure student performance is assessed accurately. Training is free and provided via Canvas Catalog and includes a background on the CIET, operational definitions used and rating scale definitions. Upon completing the training module, all users must successfully complete a post-training assessment. A link to the free, online course will be provided by the DCE, along with supplemental resource documents. This training only needs to be completed once.

PTA Student Evaluation of Clinical Experience and Clinical Instruction (SECECI)

The Clarkson College PTA program utilizes the APTA Student Evaluation of Clinical Experience and Clinical Instruction (SECECI) form. However, students complete these assessments in Exxat and the form is separated into two components: PTASE 1 (student evaluation of clinical experience) and PTASE 2 (student evaluation of clinical instruction). The SECECI form was developed to provide a uniform approach for students to evaluate clinical education as well as the overall clinical experience. By utilizing the SECECI form (i.e., PTASE 1 and PTASE 2), students are able to evaluate the quality of the clinical learning experience and clinical instructors (CIs) as well as academic preparation for the specific learning experience.

Students are expected to actively engage in their learning experiences by providing candid feedback, both formative and summative, about the learning experience with summative feedback offered at midterm and/or final evaluations.

PTA Student Evaluation of Clinical Experience and Clinical Instruction (SECECI)

Clinical Education Program Assessment

Clarkson College is very grateful and appreciative for the time, effort and expertise that all of our SCCEs/CIs provide to our students to assist them in their clinical education. We value feedback and actively seek input to continually make improvements to our clinical education program.

After each intermediate and terminal clinical experience, the Course Coordinator sends out two brief surveys: one for SCCEs and CIs to assess the PTA Clinical Education Program and another for CIs to complete a self-assessment. Both of these surveys are vitally important to the continued success of the clinical education program, and we greatly value your comments.

An email will be sent to SCCEs/CIs within one to two weeks after the end of the clinical practicum, which will include individual links to the surveys.