Online Course
Basics of Clinical Education
Understand the components, challenges and benefits of clinical education programmes

1-1.5 hours





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Angela Patterson
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Dr. Angela Patterson is an occupational therapist and researcher who focuses on global healthcare education and interprofessional education

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Clinical education is one of the most valuable opportunities for student learning in a programme. It is a complex process that connects the educational and healthcare environments. Clinical education allows students to practise knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the workplace, where they are ultimately expected to perform. Clinical education is also appreciated for programmatic improvement. Student performance in the clinical setting provides valuable feedback to the programme regarding student preparation to serve individuals in the community. This course discusses the fundamentals of clinical education and clarifies clinical roles in entry-level education programmes.


This course aims to introduce the components of entry-level clinical education programmes for rehabilitation professionals.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe at least two effective instructional strategies that clinical educators can employ to optimise student learning outcomes
  • examine the responsibilities of students, clinical instructors, and academic clinical education coordinators in facilitating effective learning experiences during clinical education programmes

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Angela Patterson: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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