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Outstanding Clinical Educator Award

AWARD DESCRIPTION (download the .pdf version)

To acknowledge a clinical instructor for outstanding contributions to the clinical education aspect of the physical therapy profession; To encourage clinical instructors to become credentialed by the APTA and remain active in the physical therapy education community.


A plaque will be presented at the OPTA Annual Recognition Meeting & Luncheon on April 6, 2019. An official announcement of the award will appear in OPTA’s magazine, ACCESS, and will be posted on the OPTA website.


  1. Nominee must be a member in good standing of the OPTA.
  2. Have completed a minimum of 12 contact hours of continuing education in the area of clinical education OR be an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.
  3. Have been a clinical instructor/center coordinator for clinical education for at least 5 years, averaging at least 1 student per year.
  4. May be a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant.
  5. Performance as a clinical instructor must be demonstrated as outstanding as outlined in a nominee's letters of support.
  6. Preferred candidates will be a member of the APTA Education Section.


  • Complete online submission form to submit your nomination; all nominations must be submitted online, along with one support letter attached to the message.
  • Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2019.

    The nominator is responsible for submitting the following documents 

  • One letter of support focusing on the strengths of the nominee in relation to award criteria

  • Obtaining a completed Student Statement of Recommendation form (see attached)

    Notification of receipt of nomination packet

  • The Awards Committee Chair will notify the nominator when all required materials have been received and the nomination package is considered complete.

  • Once the nomination is received, the nominee will be contacted to obtain their Curriculum Vitae/Resume

  • After successful submission of the nomination, the nominator will receive a confirmation email.


The Awards Committee Chair will notify the award recipient/nominator pair and those not selected promptly via a formal letter sent on OPTA letterhead.

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