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Applications for 2015, Class of 2018

The Graduate College Application, ApplyTexas will be available August 1st.  At that time, the PT application will also be available.  When the support documents are available, more information will be posted on our web site. 




Welcome to our new Administrative Assistants!

If you have not had a chance to meet our new admins - here they are.  Mrs. Amanda Houser joined us in October 2013 and was named as Administrative Assistant in Ms. Salas' position in January.  We welcome Amanda and wish her the best.  She will be sharing more about herself in the future.

And as of March 17th, Mr. Mark Gottschall joined us as our other Administrative Assistant.  We are so fortunate to have these two people join our team.  More coming about Mark as well. 





Brenda Boucher and team receive the Section on Education, APTA, Stanford Award

The Stanford Award recognizes  the author of a paper "containing the most influential education ideas" published in  the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.  The Stanford Award was initiated by Dr. Kay Shepard in 2000 through an endowment to the Section.

Brenda Boucher, Eric Robertson, Rob Wainner, and Barbara Sanders published the article " "Flipping" Texas State University's Entry-level Physical Therapy Musculoskeletal Curriculum and Implementation of a Hybrid Learning Model" in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education 2013:27(3);72-77.

The Award was presented at the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Education Section Meeting on February 5, 2014.  To accept in Dr. Boucher's absence was Dr. Wainner, Dr. Sanders and Dr. Robertson.   Dr. Wainner presented the award to Dr. Boucher on his return to campus.  Congratulations team!  

Corey Patterson

Cory Peterson Selected for APTA Orthopaedic Section Pilot Mentorship Program

Cory Peterson, a third year DPT students, through his involvement in the APTA and TPTA, and his efforts to expand networking by forming professional relationshipw with leaders in our field, was accepted into the APTA Orthopaedic Section's Pilot Mentorship Program.  The program ws introduced last year and accepts no more than ten 3rd year DPT students from across the country.  These students have demonstrated elements of involvement in the APTA and corresponding chapters, leadership and advocacy for the physical therapy profession, and possess a drive to advance their skills, become involved in research, and/or have interests in education.  Each mentee is paired with a local certified orthopaedic specialsit that demonstrates leadership within our profession.  Cory's mentor is John Childs, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT; they will work together closely during this six month mentorship.  One of the activities was to attend the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, February 4-7, 2014.  Congratulations Cory - job well done!


We are in the process of welcoming the Class of 2017.  Orientation will be held on May 29 and 30, 2014 with classes starting on June 2, 2014.  Best wishes to these students and to the many applicants to our program.  (4/2/14)


Damian Rodriguez

Community Spirit!

On Thursday, June 20th four of our DPT II's volunteered at the Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A to benefit U.R. Our Hope. A wonderful time was had by all and U.R. Our Hope appreciates the students time and commitment.

U.R. Our Hope is a non-profit that assists individuals and families with rare and undiagnosed disorders. You can find them at www.urourhope.org or on Facebook.

Pam and Stacy

 (Posted: 6/24/2013) 

Kinesiotape Time!

The DPT Class of 2013 enjoyed a visit from Mikala Reznik from Odessa College. She came in during our Special Topics session with our 3rd year students to give a kinesiotape lecture and lab. Thank you, Mikala, for all your support and knowledge!


  (Posted: May 7, 2013) 

Physical Therapy Awards Night

April 17, 2013

The Department of Physical Therapy hosted Awards Night. We honored students who achieved academic excellence, faculty excellence, scholastic and community achievement, and clinician sponsorship. Congratulations to all our students, faculty, and clinicians for making our DPT program such a huge success. We also honored the life of Dr. Barbara Melzer.

DPT Class of 2013 - Academic Excellence

DPT Class of 2013

DPT Class of 2014 - Academic Excellence

DPT Class of 2014

DPT Class of 2015 - Academic Excellence

DPT Class of 2015

Mary Derrick - Outstanding Student in Scholarly Performance

Mary Derrick

Hannah Duncan - Outstanding Student in Community Service

Hannah Duncan

Ashley Aikman - Outstanding Student in Community Service

Ashley Aikman

Tomas Lawlor - Dr. Diana Hunter Award for Excellence

Tomas Lawlor

Shannon Davis - Outstanding Student in Clinical Performance

Shannon Davis

Dr. Steve Spivey - Outstanding Faculty Member in Teaching

Steve Spivey

Dr. Barbara Melzer - Outstanding Faculty Member in Service


Bridgette Wallace - Outstanding Alumna or Alumnus

Bridgette Wallace

Kathy Bolstroff - Dr. Barbara Melzer Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award

Kathy Bolstorff

St. David's Hospital - Outstanding Clinical Facility

St. David's Hospital

Brad Bettis - Dr. Barbara Sanders Service Award

Brad Bettis

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists - VIP (Very Important Partner) Award


  (Posted: June 3, 2013) 


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



Please visit Dr. Eric Robertson's blog at: http://ptthinktank.com/2013/02/18/barb-melzer-i-will-miss-your-brain/


(Updated: July 19, 2013)

Patient Experiences during our Pediatrics Lab

On Thursday, April 11th, students from the first year's class got a little surprised visit from our tiniest of patients. These cute and well behaved patients helped our students during their pediatrics lab, providing the students with knowledge of their condition as well as seeking different treatments. Not only was a great learning experience, they brought a whole lot of fun and joy. Thank you tiny ones for coming to visit.  

You totally Rock! tickles

   (Posted on April 15, 2013) 

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker in her first film debut!

Click the link below to see Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker and other PT Clinical Specialists speak on the Benefits of ABPTS Specialist Certification.

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Compression Lab

Students of the DPT Class of 2014 had a compression lab session with one of our most knowledgeable clinicians, Diane Merwarth. We appreciate Diane for taking time to come and teach students about wrapping and compression techniques as well as all the support the she has provided to the success of the DPT program and it's students at Texas State University.

Diane and students

   (Posted: March 21, 2013) 

Hand to Hold Lunch and Learn Program

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker will be facilitating a Hand to Hold Lunch and Learn Program on Thursday, March 21st. Hand to Hold is a non-profit organization that assists families with children who are premature and/or have special needs. They are a fantastic community resource! For more information, please visit the Hand to Hold website at http://handtohold.org/resources/lunch-and-learn/.

  (Posted: March 5, 2013)

Legislative Day

Legislative Day - February 12, 2013

Texas State DPT Students participated in state advocacy efforts on February 12th in Austin at the Capital as part of the Texas Physical Therapy Association's biannual Legislative Day.  SPTs and licensed PTs from across the state received training in the legislative and lobbying processes before heading over to the Capital to make visits to legislators in support of improved Patient Access to Physical Therapy services in Texas with SB402 & HB1039.

 (Posted: February 19, 2013) 

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


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 third consecutive year  that Texas State has achieved this recognition. 

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education


The DPT 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: www.capteonline.org.

Ask the Alumni

We want to add a new feature to the web site - Ask the Alumni.  We would love to hear from you so that we can develop a section that includes your comments.  Take some time and send us an e-mail at phystherapy@txstate.edu to respond to the following questions.

What did your experience at Texas State (or Southwest Texas State) mean to you?

What would you like to tell prospective students?

Please provide your full name and year of graduation.  We look forward to hearing from you.  As you provide your response you are providing your approval to post that response.  If you prefer not to be identified, please indicate that as well.

Notes from our Alumni.

To Contact Us:

Department of Physical Therapy
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: (512) 245-8351

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Welcome DPT Class of 2016

DPT Class of 2016

We would like to introduce the DPT Class of 2016. All 42 students joined us for a quick orientation of the program on May 30 - 31, 2013. We are all very proud of their first accomplishment and wishing them well throughout the next 3 years.

 (Posted: June 3, 2013)