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March 2009

Release Date: March 26, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Professor Appointed to National PT Board

Harriet Lewis, PT, an assistant clinical professor in the Angelo State University Department of Physical Therapy, has been appointed to the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Clinical Instruction Education Board (CIEB) for a three-year term beginning July 1.

The CIEB oversees the APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program (CIECP) and the advanced version of the program. Lewis is a credentialed clinical trainer for both programs, one of only two in Texas for the regular CIECP and the only one in the state for the advanced program. There are only 49 credentialed trainers for the advanced program in the U.S.

The CIECPs are voluntary programs designed to upgrade the quality of instruction that student physical therapists receive when they do their clinical rotations. The regular CIECP assists clinical instructors in developing the basic educational skills they need to design an educational program that meets the needs of the students they mentor. The advanced program develops expert clinical practices in the instructors so they can challenge their students to grow, particularly in the areas of professionalism, clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.

A 10-year ASU faculty member, Lewis is a licensed physical therapist with 27 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, nursing home, long-term acute care and home health. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Baylor University and a certificate in physical therapy from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She received her Master of Science degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University.

In addition to her teaching duties, Lewis is also academic coordinator of clinical education for the ASU Physical Therapy Department. In her coordinator’s capacity, she has secured 116 clinical contracts with health care facilities throughout the U.S., where ASU physical therapy students now have the option of doing their clinical rotations. Several of the contracted facilities are on the U.S. News and World Report list of best hospitals, including Mayo Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital and Methodist Hospital in Houston, and the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J.

ASU physical therapy students began making clinical rotations in 2001. Since then, 114 students have done more than 300 rotations in hospitals and other clinical settings throughout Texas and the U.S.