What's new at Texas State Physical Therapy?


The Texas Legislature funded campus construction bonds during the most recent session!!!  The article at the link above will tell you all about the new adventure coming our way.

This means that the new building for our program has been funded!  Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care and Communication Disorders will be working with architects and builders soon in preparation for the move to Health Professions Building #1 on the Round Rock Campus in 2018!! 

We have been in our current building since January 1991 and have outgrown it!  In order to secure new space and state of the art facilities, the campus master plan includes moving all of the College of Health Professions programs to the Round Rock Campus - but this will happen with two new buildings.  A funding request for HPB #2 will go to the next legislative session as a priority!! 

Thanks to a generous donation from St. David's Foundation and additional university sources, we are excited to be planning for our future in Round Rock!!!  Stay tuned for regular updates on our progress and pictures as available.  



Admissions 2017


All information for the upcoming admissions cycle will be posted on our website, under the Admissions tab, starting August 1st, 2016.  Any questions, please feel free to contact our front office


Congratulations to the Department of Physical Therapy's 2016 Texas State Doctoral Merit Fellowship Award winners! Left to Right: Bryant Stites, Caitlin Buck, and Frank Shott

The PT Department is proud to announce the 2016 recipients of the Barbara Melzer Scholarship: Katherine Franklin and Sean Buchner.  This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Melzer’s long time commitment to community service and excellence in clinical education and is awarded to 3rd year DPT students during the clinical experience portion of the program. Congratulations to Katie and Sean - and thanks for submitting pictures from your clinical sites!




CLASS OF 2017: Joe Cespedes, Meg Cochran, Mandi Folger, Kaylan Martin

CLASS OF 2018: Karen Recendez, Karen Webber, Lindsay Jakszta, Nic Mims, Julia Rice, Natalie Stanislav

CLASS OF 2019:  Chrissy Badeaux, Rachel Broughton, Emily Flannery, Bria Guerin, Jeff Hebel, Cody Raygoza



Texas State PT Faculty 100%


Texas State Faculty have taken the challenge. There is 100% membership in the American Physical Therapy Association by the faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy. This is the fourth consecutive year that Texas State has achieved this recognition.


Dr. Barbara Sanders Received the University of Kentucky Alumni Association Distinguished Service award. The purpose is to recognize a select number of alumni and friends who have demonstrated a history of diligent work for the University of Kentucky, which may be in support of the UK Alumni Association and/or other colleges and units of the university.  It also serves to recognize individuals who have contributed to the accomplishments of the University of Kentucky, provided leadership and dedication to the university and association programs, and provided meaningful service to alumni and friends of the university as well as to their communities and professions.  Each year several awards are presented to alumni members of the UK Alumni Association.  There are a total of 247 honorees at this time. 


Barbara Sanders, Professor of Physical Therapy and Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions, Texas State University, lives in Austin, Texas.  Dr. Sanders received her physical therapy education at the University of Kentucky and completed her doctoral work at the University of Texas.  At Texas State for over 30 years, she has had responsibility for development of the curriculum for entry level education for physical therapists at the baccalaureate, masters and the doctorate level.  Prior to her appointment at Texas State, Sanders served as Director of Clinical Education at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and on the faculty at the University of Kentucky.   Dr. Sanders has been an active participant in Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) serving as a site visitor and team leader for over 10 years.  She has been a consultant in education and evaluation of foreign educated physical therapists.


Dr. Sanders has been active in a number of professional organizations including serving on the Board of Trustees of CGFNS International, President of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, an active member of the AAOSM, ICCUS, and the APTA and state chapters.   As a member of APTA, Sanders has served in leadership positions at the local, chapter, section and national level. She currently serves as a member of the Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.    A board certified specialist in sports, Sanders has been in clinical practice in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas; in acute care, rehabilitation, home health, long term care, outpatient orthopaedics and sports.  She was recognized in 2010 with designation as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA.


Dr. Sanders is a K Club member, a President’s Society Fellow, a Wildcat Society member and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Health Sciences and an active board member of the UK Alumni Association for the past 5 years.  She and her husband were instrumental in establishing the Central Texas Alumni Club Chapter. Her daughter, Whitney, son-in-law, Josh Duddey and husband, Michael, hold degrees from the University of Kentucky.  Her friends and colleagues know that her blood is “BLUE.”


Dr. Barbara Melzer

In Honor of Dr. Barbara Melzer, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

In honor of our beloved Dr. Barbara Melzer, the College of Health Professions and the Department of Physical Therapy has established a scholarship to honor Dr. Melzer’s contributions to the College, Department of Physical Therapy, and Texas State. This scholarship will provide funds to third year DPT students to support clinical education experiences.  Donations can be made in memory of Dr. Barbara Melzer. Please make checks payable to the Development Foundation and mailed to:

Texas State University Development Foundation
Attn: Donor Services, JCK-480
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666    


To find out other ways to make a donation, go to this website http://www.ua.txstate.edu/give-to-texas-state/ways-to-give.html.  



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Special Thanks To

The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy would like to thank the many companies who support our program by their donation of time, money, equipment and support. Thanks to:

3M EMPI, Inc Osborn Medical Corporation
Action Bandage, LLC Exciton Technologies, Inc Regent Medical
Advanced Orthopedic Designs GaitRite, Inc Sage
Allard USA, Inc Healthpoint Seton Hays County Medical
Carolon Heel Lift Center (Kyle, TX)
Carrington Hollister Wound Care Seton Main Hospial
Central Texas Medical Center - SkiL-Care Corporation
Department of Surgery Hydrofera, LLC Smith & Nephew
Chattanooga Group KCI St. David's North Medical
Christus Santa Rosa Lakeway Aquatic Therapy & Center (Austin, TX)
(New Braunfels, TX) Wellness Center Texas Neuro Rehab
Cody Burrough, PT, MSPT Lympha Press USA, LTD Texas PT Specialists
ConvaTec Medical Solutions Travis Medical
DARCO Medical Technologies, Inc University Medical Center a
Davol, Inc Molnlycke Brackenridge, WC
Derma Sciences Orthotic & Prosthetic Wake Pharma US
Dewey Whisenant, MD Technologies, Inc Warm Springs Specialities
Wellsence, USA
Z - Medica



The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Texas State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.