Susan S. Tomlinson

Associate Professor / Director, Clinical Education, Physical Therapy

Ruck Suite Room 218, Health Sciences Building 1 (215) 572-2810 Feel free to make an appt through google calendars or email me directly.

About Me

Dr. Tomlinson serves as Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education. In addition to her clinical education role in the curriculum she teaches content related to rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders.  Her clinical career has focused in the inpatient acute rehabilitation and home care settings. She is an APTA Certified Trainer for the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program and has led or assisted in multiple credentialing courses in the greater Philadelphia area. Susan has peer reviewed publications and formal presentations at national professional meetings related to clinical education . Susan is actively involved in APTA's Academy of Physical Therapy Education, the American Council of Academic Physical therapy and the Philadelphia Area Clinical Education Consortium.


Home Country

Education History

Duke University 1984

MS, Major in Physical Therapy

Arcadia University 2004

DPT, Major in Physical Therapy

Research Summary

Dr. Tomlinson’s current research focuses in the area of maximizing student performance in clinical education. She began working with colleagues to describe the use of standardized patients for assessing performance in the affective domain. In further work with colleagues, she examined student performance after didactic curricular changes designed to better prepare students for early clinical experiences. Most recently, she has described performance outcomes of students participating in final clinical education experiences of different lengths. She is also interested in endeavors that promote the collaborative model of clinical education supervision (more than one student working with the same instructor), student development in the affective domain (communication and interpersonal skills) and holistic admissions.