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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.

Healthcare at Texas State University: Research. Academics. Community.

We Have Big News!

The Departments of Respiratory Care (RC), and Physical Therapy (PT) have  moved from San Marcos to the Round Rock Campus. Communication Disorders (CDIS) will open a 2nd clinic in Round Rock on September 1, 2018. We are excited about this move and invite you to learn more. Please click here to view the programs' frequently asked questions page for more information.

Dr. Farzan IraniDr. Farzan Irani Awarded
NIH Subcontract for Stuttering Project

A team of researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) received a two-year, $387,000 grant, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to develop technology that will identify brain activity patterns that contribute to stuttering and use that technology to train people how to optimize brain functions. Dr. Farzan Irani, an associate professor of communication disorders at Texas State University, was awarded a subcontract from this NIH grant to study persistent developmental stuttering (PDS).  For more information, please see: (Farzan)



New Leadership & Administration Master's in Nursing

Rohde2018 Healthology Symposium
Dr. Rohde

Professor and Chair, Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, recently was invited as a national expert to discuss his research with healthcare associated infections, such as MRSA, at the 2018 Healthology Symposium series presented by the Oakland University School of Health Sciences and MedNetOne Health Solutions. The webpage for the event: Watch the video produced about the Healthology symposium!

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. 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:

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.

Cecilienhof Palace
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.

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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 2018

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, Tiara Flores was selected as the graduate student from the Department of Respiratory Care, and Lina Padegimaite was selected as the doctoral student from the Department of Physical Therapy.

Outstanding Graduate Student 2018
Tiara Flores, RC
Outstanding Graduate Student
Lina Padegimaite
Lina Padegimaite, PT
Outstanding Doctoral Student


Outstanding Academic Student Award Winners 2018

2018 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.

Dean's Seminar 2017

 Dean's Seminar 2017

Dr. Ruth B. Welborn presented Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker with a plaque in recognition of her presentation,
The Journey to a Diagnosis: Tools and Tales



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.

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. 

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!