allied health internships, effective clinical instruction, health providers, professional development, student perceptions



  1. Rogers, Janet L. PhD
  2. Lautar, Charla J. PhD
  3. Dunn, Laurie R. PA-C, MSPA


Students of allied health who have positive clinical education experiences often accept employment offered by their clinical sites. Most allied health professionals are not trained to be educators; to improve student clinical experiences, students were surveyed regarding their learning experiences during clinical internships. This study examined the teaching abilities and professional development training needs of clinical supervisors as identified by student perceptions. Results were compared with the results of the clinical supervisors' perceptions of themselves. A survey addressed the students' perceptions of the clinical supervisors' teaching skills. Results revealed that both students and clinical supervisors identified similar professional development training needs as they related to the improvement of teaching skills. The identified needs were understanding different learning styles, planning learning experiences prior to students' arrival, giving feedback, and assessing student skills based on learning goals. Students and clinical supervisors agreed on the areas that need to be addressed to improve the learning experiences in clinical education. Continuing education courses should focus on clinical supervisors' teaching skills, especially teaching methodology that focuses on students' different learning styles, how to plan learning experiences, and how to assess students' skills based on set learning goals.