Faculty Profile

Terry Nordstrom
Vice President, Enrollment and Student Services
Enrollment and Student Services

I am the Vice-President of Enrollment and Student Services at the University. The Division is responsible for Admission, Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Academic Support, Student Services, Veteran's Services, Student Health and Counseling, and Disability Services. I am also a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and I teach in the areas of professionalism and ethics.

I was Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy from 2003 through 2012 and before that was the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. I have been a physical therapist since 1977 and have worked in many clinical environments, including pediatrics, home health, and outpatient orthopedics. I have been a Director of Rehabilitation Services, a partner in a private PT clinic and Director of a PT clinic. In my most recent clinical practice, I treated many patients with significant chronic pain problems. I also worked with students as a clinical instructor nearly all of these years.

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California School of Education, Department of Organization and Leadership, Doctor of Education, May 2008. 2002 to 2008. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, Master of Arts, Physical Therapy, 1977 University of California, Santa Cruz, California, Bachelor of Arts, Psychobiology, Cum Laude, 1975

I teach courses in professional issues and ethics in the DPT program. I am also involved in teaching in the interprofessional education courses at the University.

Current First Year DPT Course Taught: PT 741: Professional Issues I Current Third Year DPT Courses Taught: PT 747 Professional Issues II

I am part of a research team that just concluded the first large national study of physical therapy in the last 50 years, Physical Therapy Education for the 21st Century. We studied innovation and excellence in academic and clinical education with funding from the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and the Education and Orthopaedic Sections of the APTA.

I am part of a team at the university investigating the factors that lead to success in health professions education.  This multi-year, longitudinal study started in 2017.  

My other area of research is in ethics and ethical reasoning among physical therapy students. As the University increases interprofessional education we are studying the effects those experiences have on students' learning and practice.

Jensen GM, Gwyer J, Hack LM, Mostrom EM, Nordstrom T. Educating Physical Therapists. Thorofare, NJ; Slack Inc. (In Press, October 2018.)

Jensen GM, Nordstrom T, Gwyer J, Hack LM, Mostrom E. National study of excellence and innovation in physical therapist education: Part 1-design, method, and results.  Phys Ther. 2017. Volume 97(9): 857-874.

Jensen GM, Hack LM, Nordstrom T, Gwyer J, Mostrom E. National study of excellence and innovation in physical therapist education: Part 2- a call to reform.  Phys Ther 2017 Volume 97(9): 875–888,

Jensen GM, Nordstrom T, Segal RL, McCallum C, Graham C, Greenfield B. Education research in physical therapy:  Visions of the possible.  Phys Ther;2016:96(12):1874-1884. DOI: 10.2522/ptj.

Hoeger Bement MK, St. Marie B, Nordstrom T, Christensen N, Mongoven,JM, Koebner IJ, Fishman SM, MD, Sluka KA.  An Interprofessional consensus of core competencies for prelicensure education in pain management:  Curriculum application for physical therapy.  Phys Ther: 2014:94:451-465. doi:10.2522/ptj.20130346

Nordstrom, T. Physical therapist students as moral agents during clinical experiences.  Dissertation Abstracts International, 69(06) 2008A.  University of San Francisco; 2008. (UMI Number AAT 3317689).

Bloch, D and Nordstrom, T. Complexity-based Ethics:  Martin Buber and dynamic Self-Organization. In Explorations in Complexity Thinking: Pre-proceedings of the 3rd international Workshop on Complexity and Philosophy.  Ed. KA Richardson and P Cilliers, ISCE Publishing, Mansfield, Massachusetts.  2007

Winograd, CH, Lemsky, C, Nevitt, M, Nordstrom, T, Stewart, A, Miller, C, Bloch, D Development of a physical performance and mobility examination (PPME), Journal of The American Geriatric Society, 1994, 42(7):743-9.

Perham H., Smick J, Hallum A, and Nordstrom T, Development of the lateral equilibrium response in stance, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 1987, 29:758-765.

Jensen G, Hack L, Nordstrom T, Gwyer J, Mostrom E, Rowe R, Bentzen K, Dillon L, Mairella K, Chesbro S, Deppler D. Academic-Practice Partnerships: Creating Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Combined Section meeting. APTA. New Orleans LA. February 23 2018.

Jensen G, Hack L, Nordstrom T, Jette D, Craik R, Dunn S, Boissonnault B. The Four Hoursemen of the Apocalypse: The Critical Challenges and Opportunities in Physcial Therapy Education and Research.  Education Leadership Conference, Education Section and American Council of Academic Physical Therapy. Columbus OH. October 13-15, 2017.

Gwyer J, Hack LM, Jensen GM, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T.  Learning for Practice:  Putting the PTE-21 Recommendations into Action.  Combined Section Meeting, APTA.  San Antonion TX.  February 16, 2017

Nordstrom T, Hack L, Jensen G, Gwyer J, Mostrom E.  Leadership: The Key to Excellence in Physical Therapist Education: Recommendations from the Physical Therapist Education for the 21stCentury Study. Education Leadership Conference, Education Section and American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.  Phoenix AZ.  October 7-9, 2016.

Segal R, Jensen G, Nordstrom T, McCallum C. Building Our Educational Research Capacity:  How Do We Strengthen Our Foundation. Education Leadership Conference, Education Section and American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.  Phoenix AZ.  October 7-9, 2016.

Gorman S, Villanueva C, Nordstrom T, Negrete M, Garlin A, Azzam A. Developing Institutional Collaborations for Sustainable and Effective Interprofessional Education and Research. National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting and Forum.  April 8-9, 2016.  

Jensen G (PI), Gwyer G, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T.  PTE-21: Excellence in Education in the Health Professions:  What We Have Learned. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA February 2016.

Jensen G (PI), Gwyer G, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T.  National Study of Excellence in Physical Therapist Education:  Emerging Findings.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis IN, February 2015.

Furze J, Jensen GM, Rapport MJ, Christensen N, Briggs M, Paschal KA, Hartley G, Nordstrom T. Domains of Professional Competence: Looking Across the Educational Continuum. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.  February 2015.

Jensen G (PI), Gwyer G, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T.  Promoting Excellence in Physical Therapist Clinical Education: Preliminary Findings from Excellence in Physical Therapist Education for the Twenty-First Century (PTE-21).  Education Leadership Conference.  October 11, 2014.  Kansas City MO.

Jensen G (PI), Gwyer G, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T.  Physical Therapy Education in the 21stCentury:  Preliminary Findings.  Education Leadership Conference.  October 5, 2013.  Portland OR.


Book Chapters

Christensen N and Nordstrom T.  Facilitating the Teaching of Clinical Reasoning In GM Jensen and E Mostrom, ed. Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists 3rd ed. St. Louis MO: Elsevier;183-199: 2013.

Rideout D, Nordstrom TM, Lazaro R. Coccidiomycosis Meningitis. In A Burke-Doe, ed. Physical Therapy Case Files: Neurologic Rehabilitation. McGraw-Hill; 2013.

Grant Activity: Jensen G, Gwyer J, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T. Physical Therapist Education for the Twenty First Century. American Physical Therapy Association. September 2011-2016. $70,000.

Nordstrom, T, Christensen, N, Clark, L, Gorman, S, Lazaro, R. Developing student critical self-reflection and analysis in physical therapy patient management through audio-video feedback. Samuel Merritt College Curriculum and Innovation Award, December 2002- 2003. $2,160.

Carol Winograd, Project Director, Efficacy of Physical Therapy in Preserving Function in Hospitalized Elderly. Division of Gerontology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Funded by Hartford Foundation, 1989-1992. The purpose of the study was to assess whether inclusion of physical therapy in the treatment of hospitalized, deconditioned elderly patients was successful in preserving physical function at discharge and up to six-months post-discharge. Served as physical therapy consultant and co-investigator in Department of Rehabilitation at Stanford University Hospital

Nordstrom T.  Best Practices for Clinical Education in the 21st Century.  Northwest Intermountain Clinical Education Consortium Annual Conference.  November 2, 2017.

Nordstrom, T.  Doing What’s Best and What’s Right:  Ethical Decision-Making in Physical Therapy.  Tri-Counties District, California Physical Therapy Association.  Santa Barbara, CA.  September 17, 2016.

Nordstrom, T. Ethics and Physical Therapist Students During Clinical Experiences.  Clinical Educators Forum.  UC San Francisco/San Francisco State University and Samuel Merritt University. San Francisco, CA.  March 23, 2016. 

Nordstrom, T. Students and Ethical Reasoning During Clinical Experiences.  Intercollegiate Academic Clinical Coordinators Council.  Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA.  March 26, 2015.

Nordstrom, T.  Education Leadership Institute, keynote address, “Achieving Excellence Through Leadership.”  Kansas City, MO.  October 8, 2014.  

Panel Member (Education Discussant), Washington University Movement Sciences Symposium.  St. Louis, Mo, September 19-20, 2014.

Nordstrom, T. Students and Ethical Reasoning During Clinical Experiences.  UCSF/SFSU Department of Physical Therapy and Samuel Merritt University Department of Physical Therapy, Clinical Education Symposium.  March 31, 2014.  

Nordstrom, T.  Ethical Reasoning in Physical Therapy Practice. Tri-Counties District, California Physical Therapy Association.  October 19, 2013 and September 6, 2014.

Mentor, Grantsmanship and Mentorship in Education Research (GAMER), Education Leadership Partnership (APTA, ACAPT, Academic of Physical Therapy Education), 2018.

Mentor, Education Leadership Institute Fellowship program, American Physical Therapy Association. 2017 to present.

American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (Previously Academic Council, American Physical Therapy Association) President, February 2012 to 2014 Vice-President, October 2010 to February 2012

American Physical Therapy Association APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee, July 1, 2009 to present. Chair 2013-14.

APTA Clinical Instructor Education Board, 2002 to 2005. Chair, 2004-2005. Education Section,

APTA Task Force on Council of Physical Therapy Education Programs, 2008- 2011.

California Physical Therapy Association Chapter Ethics Committee, 2000-2009, Chair 2003 - 2009

Delegate, 1989-1991, 1995-1998, 2000-2002, 2008-2011, 2013, 2018



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