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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.

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.

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 and Dr. Russian

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

Scroll Ceremony 2016

The 2nd Annual Scroll Ceremony was held on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  Students starting the professional phase of their degree took an oath to accept duties and responsibilities that embody their chosen profession.

Oath of Practice

Dean and Chairs

Dean and David Rubenstein


Round Rock Health Professions 1 Building - Under Construction

The construction of 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. 

College of Health Professions

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

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Eric Bruton (CLS), Dr. Ruth B. Welborn
Rachel Keithley (CDIS),Dr. Ruth B. Welborn
Lori Stiritz, Dobie Drost (CDIS), Dr. Ruth B. Welborn
Jackie Moczygemba, Amy Crumley (HIM), Dr. Ruth B. Welborn
Denise Brelsford (SON)
Dr. Marla Erbin-Roesemann, India Craft (SON), Dr. Ruth B. Welborn
Caitlin Kristof (HA), Dr. Ruth B. Welborn
Amy Theis (HA)
Jackie Moczygemba, Samantha Banda (HIM), Dr. Ruth B. Welborn
Dr. Ronnie Lozano, Indy Arredondo (RT), Dr. Ruth B. Welborn, Dora Lopez
Dr. Chris Russian, Amanda Hale (RC), Dr. Ruth B. Welborn
Sean Buchner (PT)

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.


Dr. Rhode Award

President Trauth presented Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Program Chair for Clinical Laboratory Science & the Assoc. Dean for Research, with the 2015 Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring award!


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.


Dr. Pamela Willson

Dr. Ruth B. Welborn presented Dr. Pamela Willson with a plaque in recognition of her presentation,
Stroke: The Interprofessional Research Team.

Kevin Collins Awarded the Gareth B. Gish
Memorial Postgraduate Education Recognition Award

Kevin Collins   Kevin Collins, Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care, was awarded
  the Gareth B. Gish Memorial Postgraduate Education Recognition
  Award at the American Association for Respiratory Care International
  Congress, November 10, 2015, held in Tampa, FL.  The $2,500
  postgraduate education award includes a certificate of recognition,
  coach airfare, one night’s lodging and registration for the AARC
  Congress 2015.  Criteria for the award included pursuit of
  post-graduate studies with specific GPA requirements, a letter of
  proof of acceptance into a post-graduate program, three letters of
  reference attesting to the character, academic ability and
  professional commitment, and a personal essay describing how the
 award will assist the applicant in reaching the objective of an
 advanced degree along with the candidate’s ultimate goals of leadership in health care. 

 The Department of Respiratory Care is extremely proud of Mr. Collins for this national award that will support
 him in his doctoral studies in Adult, Professional, & Community Education through the Department of
 Education at Texas State University.

College of Health Professions Receives Gift

from St. David's Foundation

The $5 million donation will help fund construction of a new health professions building in Round Rock. Click here for the whole story.

Let's have a round of applause...

for Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Program Chair and Professor for Clinical Laboratory Science, as he has been named Cardinal Health's urEssential 2015 winner! Congratulations, Dr. Rohde. Read more about this honor, here. Watch the urEssential video here.

Dr. Rodney Rohde

Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Ms. Marylyn Kajs-Wyllie


…to Ms. Marylyn Kajs-Wyllie of St. David’s School of Nursing

on her selection as a recipient of Texas State University’s second annual

Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.

Kudos to the School of Health Administration!


Congratulations to the School of Health Administration on being named one of the 50 Most Innovative University Healthcare Administrative Departments by the Top Masters in Healthcare Administration website.

Click here for the full story.

Radiation Therapy Outreach Event 

RT group

College of Health Professions’ Radiation Therapy students had another successful outreach event. They are on a mission to get more people registered on the national registry for bone marrow donors.


Ms. Jackie Moczygemba, Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of Health Information Management, was selected from among distinguished nominees statewide to receive the TEXAAN Faculty Advisor Recognition Award, presented by the Texas Academic Advising Network.

Moczygemba award


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!