Clinical Phase Assignments Policy

The AFWC/DCC is responsible for coordinating student assignments to Clinical Affiliates for both FW and Capstones. Clinical Phase assignments are developed after a thorough review of FW/Capstone Educator availability, credentialing paperwork for the Clinical Site and Educator(s), review of prior evaluations of the Clinical Site and Clinical Educator(s) if available, the suitability of the Clinical Affiliate to provide students with sufficient educational experiences to achieve Program Learning Outcomes, student academic and professional conduct history in the Didactic Phase, and student requests.

Clinical Phase assignments are maintained in the Program’s online program management system. The Program makes every effort to provide students with FW and Capstone final assignments no less than twelve (12) weeks prior to the start of each FW or the Capstone. Throughout the Clinical Phase FW or Capstone assignments may change, often due to circumstances outside of the Program’s control. The Program also reserves the right to change any student’s Clinical Phase assignment(s) based on the student’s individual academic or professional performance, achievement of Program Learning Outcomes and Graduate Competencies, SPC recommendations, or new concerns about the Clinical Affiliate’s ability to provide an appropriate FW/Capstone Experience. The Program makes every effort to minimize disruption of a student’s Clinical Phase assignment should a change occur. Students are notified in a timely manner of any change in their Clinical Phase assignment(s).

The Program provides students with contact information for the Clinical Affiliate and Primary FW/Capstone Educator for each assigned FW/Capstone experience. Students must contact the FW/Capstone Educator (or other designated associate of the Clinical Affiliate) via phone, or the FW/Capstone Educator’s preferred method of communication, no less than two (2) weeks prior to the start of the Clinical Phase experience to determine what date/time, where, and to whom the student should report on the first day of the FW/Capstone experience.