Dr. Heidi Shearin

Director, Clinical Education

Assistant Professor of Health Professional Studies

BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

DPT, A.T. Still University



Location: Room 135, Carrie Rich Hall

Academic Experience Summary

Dr. Shearin has served as adjunct faculty in a transitional DPT program since 2008 and as the Program Chair and Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education of a Physical Therapist Assistant Program in North Carolina for over three years.  She has provided numerous guest lectures in a physical therapy education program related to documentation, professional ethics, legal practice, and interprofessional collaboration.  She has participated in clinical education in roles of increasing responsibility since 1987 and has served on a physical therapy educational program advisory board.   Areas of teaching expertise include evidence-based medicine, radiography for physical therapists, foundational modalities and procedures, professional interactions, clinical education, health care resources, and pathophysiology for PTAs.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy,  A.T.S.U., Mesa, Arizona, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, UNC- CH, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1986
Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • NC Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association Education Section
  • NC/SC Clinical Educator Consortium Board
Research Interests
  • Clinical education, curriculum design and instruction
  • Examination of teaching outcomes in the clinical setting
  • Clinical access, performance, and use of telehealth in rural health-care settings
  • Effective collaboration between PTs and PTAs in rural health-care settings
Research Activities
  • Contributor of ten article extractions to APTA’s Hooked on Evidence related to physical therapy interventions for oncology diagnoses.

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