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College of Health Professions

Welcome to the College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions prepares students for careers in the healthcare field. Through its professional, technical, clinical and academic programs, the college serves as an advocate for change and improvement in the field of healthcare services. The college also serves as a catalyst to expand and improve public perceptions of healthcare in the community.


We Have Big News!

In Willow Hall2018, the Departments of Communication Disorders (CDIS), Respiratory Care (RC), and Physical Therapy (PT) will move from San Marcos to the Round Rock Campus.  We are excited about this move and invite you to learn more.  Please view the programs' frequently asked questions page for more information.

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ASRT Award Winner

Dr. Megan Trad, Ph.D, MSRS, RT(T)

 

Dr. Megan Trad was a highlight during the annual report of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists held during the conference in San Diego. She was recognized with an award for her publications.


Presidential Fellow 2017-2018

Valarie B. Fleming, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

 

Dr. Valarie Beavers Fleming, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, College of Health Professions has been selected to serve as the Presidential Fellow for 2017-2018. During this academic year, Dr. Fleming will serve as a member of the President's Cabinet and will work with President Denise M. Trauth on special projects.



Dr. Rohde-Swinney Award

President Trauth presented Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, CLS Professor and Chair, with the Swinney Faculty Teaching Award.  Also shown is Dr. Alex White, Faculty Senate Chair.


Fall Gathering 2017

The CHP 2017-2018 Fall Gathering was held on August 25, 2017.  This was the kickoff to CHP's new academic year, and a time to recognize the many faculty accomplishments during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Click here for a list of all award winners.


Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, CLS Professor and Chair

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists - Congratulations to Dr. Rodney E. Rohde on becoming a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists.  This is a designation bestowed by the Association of Clinical Scientists upon qualified members.  Fellows must be doctoral scientists who are experts in the education of and/or application of laboratory methods for elucidating, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.  The title, FACSc, denotes that the clinical scientists have ongoing specialized professional activities related to clinical expertise, research or teaching experiences, and/or significant advocacy efforts in the field of clinical laboratory science.  Thus, this is a title distinction that may be used behind their signature.   Dr. Rohde now joins this very selective group of only ~200 Fellows nationally.  For more information, see: http://www.clinicalscience.org/index.html.


TxHIMA 2017


Dr. Rohde
Dr. Rodney E. Rohde

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde has been selected to participate in the Global Citizenship Alliance (GCA) Seminar to be held July 9-16, 2017, in Potsdam, Germany. This honor will also bestow the title of Visiting Scholar at UT Austin for the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Rohde has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology with Austin Community College (ACC) since 1995 teaching primarily Microbiology for the Health Sciences. Dr. Rohde also is Professor and Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Texas State, as well as serving as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health Professions. Dr. Rohde characterizes his career as hybrid due to his experience in public health and laboratory medicine.

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Potsdam Conference

This was a competitive opportunity for faculty from across ACC to broaden their understanding of global issues and contribute to globalizing ACC by participating in an intensive seminar in Potsdam, Germany.
The Global Citizenship Alliance will conduct its Global Citizenship Seminar for faculty and administrators, GCS12. Entitled Colleges and Universities: The Path to Global Citizenship, this seminar will be held in Potsdam, state capital of Brandenburg.  Dr. Rohde is one of only approximately 50 faculty participants from colleges and universities throughout the United States who will gather to explore the factors that either support or restrain global citizenship education within higher education and to jointly develop strategies to help advance a more comprehensive approach to global learning at their respective institutions.

Dr. Rohde will  serve  as  a  facilitator  of  the  2017-­‐2018  Globalizing Curriculum  Faculty Learning Community (FLC), as well as receive an appointment as visiting scholar status at the University of Texas at Austin. The FLC facilitators’ role is to provide intellectual leadership to help shape the content of the FLC program and guide the other faculty participants in completing their projects to infuse global topics into their curriculum, such as creating a new module or syllabus. Dr. Rohde believes that globalization in his specialization area – infectious disease, public health, and laboratory medicine – are a synergistic fit between Texas State, ACC and UT Austin. He envisions strengthening relationships for collaborative research and grants, as well as study abroad opportunities. For example, as the CHP Research Dean, he plans to leverage this opportunity to meet the Texas State University Plan for 2017 – 2023. Specifically, Goal 1.7, 2.7, and 3.1 with respect to efforts to internationalize curriculum and research opportunities for faculty and students. Dr. Rohde has already entered in to preliminary discussions with ACC’s International Programs about Study Abroad, Study America, and grant opportunities as well as with UT Austin.

For more information see: http://sites.austincc.edu/newsroom/acc-faculty-to-attend-global-citizenship-alliance-seminar/


Laboratory Professional of the Year directs education grant toward Texas State University

Texas State University has received a $25,000 educational grant, courtesy of Jennifer Dawson, the 2017 Cardinal Health urEssential Laboratory Professional of the Year.  Dawson's grant will help support students pursuing careers in clinical laboratory science.  Read the rest of the story here.


Outstanding Graduate & Doctoral Student Awards 2017

Each year, one outstanding graduate and doctoral student from the Graduate College is selected to represent the College of Health Professions. This year, based upon their outstanding accomplishments, Samantha Banda was selected as the graduate student from the Department of Health Information Management, and Sean Buchner was selected as the doctoral student from the Department of Physical Therapy.

Outstanding Graduate Student 2017
Samantha Banda, Outstanding Graduate Student, and Dr. Ruth B. Welborn

 

Outstanding Doctoral Student
Sean Buchner, Outstanding Doctoral Student, and Dr. Ruth B. Welborn

Outstanding Academic Student Award Winners 2017


2017 Faculty and Student Research Forum

This year's forum was a great success, featuring an increase in outstanding entries. Thank you, and congratulations to all participants for making this event a showcase of the dedication and skill found throughout all departments in the College of Health Professions. Click here to view a list of the winning entries.


Congratulations Dr. Bezner

Dr. Bezner

Dr. Janet Bezner, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Department, has been selected as one of the 2017 Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association. This is the associations highest member category and recognizes those who have advanced the profession of physical therapy through education, research, advocacy, and practice.


2016 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Online Teaching Award

Congratulations!

... to Dr. Pamela Willson, Clinical Professor, St. David's School of Nursing on her selection as the recipient of Texas State University's Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.


Congratulations Dr. Trad

Dr. Megan Trad, Associate Professor, Radiation Therapy

 

Dr. Trad will be recognized at a national conference for receiving the 2016 Harold Silverman Distinguished Author of the Year Award from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for her paper, “Incorporating VERT Technology Into the Radiation Therapy Classroom: A Case Study.”  Her focus was on the new virtual reality system the Radiation Therapy Program has added to their instructional strategies.


Dean's Seminar 2016

 

Dean and Dr. Russian

Dr. Ruth B. Welborn presented Dr. Christopher Russian with a plaque in recognition of his presentation,
Respiratory Muscle Testing and Training


CHP IPEC Video


Willow Hall Under Construction in Round Rock

The construction of Willow Hall, a new health professions building at Texas State University's Round Rock Campus is underway. The state-of-the-art-building, Round Rock Health Professions 1, will provide instructional space for the College of Health Professions' departments of Communication Disorders, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Care and the associated research labs, the Physical Therapy and Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics, and the Respiratory Care's Sleep Center. The building will open late spring 2018 with classes beginning in summer 2018.


Congratulations Dr. Rohde

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Chair, CLS & Associate Dean for Research

CLS Professor and Chair, Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, was honored at The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) annual meeting with the Bio-Rad Professional Achievement Award in Microbiology and Public Health.

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Dr. Karen Gibbs (Texas State Physical Therapy Associate Professor), and Priya Dhagat (2013 Texas State alumnae), were awarded the Scientific Research Award for their project: Prevalence of Staphylococcus, Including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, in a Physical Therapy Education Facility. Dr. Rohde has received this award three times in his tenure at Texas State.


Congratulations Joanna Ellis

Joanna Ellis, MS, MLS (ASCP), Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Laboratory Science Program

Joanna Ellis, Clinical Assistant Professor, CLS, received a 2016 ASCLS Voices Under 40 Spotlight award.  The ASCLS Voices Under 40 Spotlight has been developed to honor ASCLS members who have shown exceptional commitment to ASCLS, the laboratory profession, and their community at large at a young age in their professional careers.

The candidates were selected based on involvement in professional, legislative, and civic arenas. Applications, nomination letters and personal statements were scored and ranked by a group of their peers. Only the top 12 were selected for 2016 and will be showcased throughout the 2016-17 ASCLS Membership year.


Dr. Marshall Appointed to Texas Respiratory Care Board

Dr. Gregg Marshall, Chair, Respiratory Care


Dr. Gregg Marshall, Chair of Respiratory Care, was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Board for Respiratory Care.  The board advises the Texas Medical Board, adopts rules to establish the certification and permitting program for respiratory therapists and sets minimum qualifications for respiratory care practitioners, standards of conduct and grounds for disciplinary actions. 


CONGRATULATIONS TO TWO CHP ALUMNI!

Eric S. Weaver

2016 Young Alumni Rising Star Recipient

Mr. Eric S. Weaver is a graduate of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program and received his masters from the School of Health Administration. He is President of Central Texas Market, Innovista Health Solutions.

Ernie Sadau

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Mr. Ernie W. Sadau is a graduate of the School of Health Administration. He is the CEO of CHRISTUS Health and very respected in the healthcare community.


40th Anniversary

 

In December of 2012, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the College of Health Professions.

Click on the 40th Anniversary archives to view some fun facts and photos!