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Brooks College of Health

Physical Therapy Clinical Education

The Physical Therapy program at the University of North Florida is dedicated to preparing students for entry-level clinical practice through activities and courses that stimulate critical inquiry. The program is committed to life-long learning and seeks to provide opportunities for ongoing professional development for students in the program, as well as for professionals in the field.

The links below offer information on clinical education in general and the specifics of the UNF Physical Therapy program in particular.

Helpful Weblinks

Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators

Dedicated to supporting quality clinical education for PT and PTA students. This website offers a variety of references, resources, and information on events for clinical educators.

American Physical Therapy Association

Dedicated to the latest advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education. This website also offers numerous resources and access to the Physical Therapy journal.

Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument

The Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instruments are performance assessments designed to evaluate student performance during their clinical experiences. 

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . November 15

Admission Requirements

For admission requirements and information on how to apply, please visit

The UNF Graduate School's Website

Clinical Education Documents

  • Clinical Education Manual
  • Clinical Instructor Renumeration

    Below are the guidelines for obtaining a certificate entitling the bearer to register for two courses (6 credit hours) at UNF tuition-free. The certificate is awarded on a one time basis for completion of 300 hours of supervision of student interns in the College of Health:

    1. Documentation of the 300 hours must accompany the request. If more than one student and/or more than one term are involved, documentation must include the following: student’s name, term and year during which the supervision took place, and the number of hours for each student.
    2. Documentation must be verified by Program Leader or his/her designee (the documentation should carry a signature from both the supervisor requesting the certificate and the Program Manager.
    3. The certificate request and the accompanying documentation should be forwarded to Dr. Cathy O’Farrell in the College of Education and Human Services and she will issue the certificate.
    4. A certificate to be used in exchange for tuition for two college courses may only be awarded to an individual Clinical Instructor one time.
  • APTA CSIF Web Instructions for a CCCE

    Log into APTA CSIF Web

    1. Your username is your email address provided to the school you are working with.
    2. If you have previously created a password in PTA CPI Web or PT CPI Web, please use that case sensitive password to log into CSIF Web. If you do not have a password or forgot your password, please follow these steps to create your password:
      1. Go to the CSIF Web address
      2. Click on the link "I forgot or do not have a password".
      3. Enter your User Name in the box provided.
      4. Click on the Continue button.
      5. Check your email account inbox for further instructions on how to set/update your password.
        • PLEASE NOTE: The password creation/reset process actually occurs in CPI Web. Make sure to close out of any internet browsers containing CSIF Web prior to accessing the link in your email as this may result in an error when trying to set/reset your password. The link to change/create your password that is included in this message will expire 24 hours after the message has been created. If you try to access the link after 24 hours, you will receive a notification that the temporary authorization link is invalid. If this should occur, you will need to click on the 'I forgot or do not have a password' link located on the login page for CSIF Web to receive a new password reset link.
    3. Once you create and confirm your password, you'll be re-directed to the CPI Web login page. Please close the CPI Web login screen and go to the CSIF Web login page and use your username and case-sensitive password to login.
    4. If you do not recall your username and password, please contact CSIF Web Support at:

    Completing your CSIF:

    1. Click on the '2015 CSIF Web Surveys' tab on your home page. It is located near the top of the screen.
    2. You will then be connected to the 'Current Site Surveys' page. Select your clinical site from the dropdown menu.
      • Once you click on your clinical site, the name of your site will be displayed. You will see the statement: 'There is no currently active survey for (the name of your specific site). Who do you wish to work on this survey?' All CCCEs that are registered in CPI Web will have access to edit the CSIF. If you would like to designate one or more of your CIs to have access to fill out the CSIF, please check the box next to their name and click on the 'Update Reporters' button.
        • PLEASE NOTE: If you do not see your particular clinical site in the drop-down menu, please contact CSIF Web Support at:
    3. Click on 'Start New Site Survey' button to begin completing the CSIF.
    4. You will see a screen with an overview of all the topic categories and their associated sections. Click on one of the red topic names to access the sections that need to be completed or edited. 5. On the last column on the right, click on 'Edit Now' to enter or revise information associated with a particular section.
  • State Authorization Agreements

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy includes internship and practicum components, so it is important to determine State Authorization of Distance Education and if you will be able to do an internship in other states, if desired. Please see the UNF State Authorization Status website for more information and updates. State Authorization of Distance Education is a complex and dynamic environment.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Clinical Education

    To Our Students, 

    Please know that the Department of Physical Therapy is NOT mandating that you receive the COVID-19 vaccine. When completing your materials for a clinical placement, you must either upload proof that you have been vaccinated or indicate that you have not been vaccinated. You may upload an exemption if you have one. If you are unvaccinated with an exemption and a facility has not invited you to a clinical experience, the Department will hope to find a facility that will allow you inside but there are no guarantees and this may ultimately delay your graduation. 

    Once you have provided your vaccination status/evidence, the third-party facilities will let the Department know whether or not they will allow you to enter and train within the building. As you may know, more and more facilities are requiring their employees, as well as our clinical students, to be vaccinated. These are private entities that are not subject to the same rules as state-supported institutions such as UNF. Should you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Sherry Pinkstaff, at 

Contact the Director

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Dr. Rob Robinson PT, DPT

Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Clinical Professor