Thank you for your interest in applying to our DPT program. The application forms will become available July 2013. Updates on the Texas Common Application, provided by the Graduate College, will be done in mid August 2013.We ask that you be patient until we upate all the right information.
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)
It is with a heavy heart and regret that we share this news. Our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Barbara Melzer, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA, has passed away. The world has lost a kind and intelligent soul and the physical therapy profession has lost a legend. Her captivating smile, is no more.
To summarize her bio:
Dr. Barbara Melzer, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA has been an active participant in physical therapy clinical practice and education for 38 years. She has served as the Texas Physical Association President and Chief Delegate. She has served on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board of Director and as APTA Secretary, as well as the Chair of the APTA Nominating Committee. She served as an officer of the APTA Education Section for 6 years and Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as a Team Leader. She was a co-editor of the Normative Model of Physical Therapist Professional Education, Version 2000, and has presented almost too many times to count on matters related to clinical education in physical therapy. She has impacted countless physical therapy education programs through the activities above as well as through her widespread consultation. She has served on dozens of doctoral dissertation committees. At Texas State she served as Professor, and Director of Clinical Education, and has represented the School of Health Professions on the Faculty Senate and was a multiple winner of the Texas State University Presidential Award for Service. Dr. Melzer was awarded the status of Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 2003, the highest honor for members of the APTA. Through the incredible span of her service and lengthy list of accomplishments, she has impacted the profession in ways no words can accurately capture.
But more than these accomplishments, she was strong. She was generous, and entertaining. She could distill most of the world's problems to a primary color. She was a balanced, thoughtful and wise voice of council that we in the Physical Therapy department will miss, and Texas State University will not be the same without her.
Please join us in extending thoughts and prayers for Barb and her family, and raising a toast in her honor. Let's celebrate a life of excellence and service, lest we invoke her ire for stopping to be sad for too long. Barb Melzer, We will miss your brain. We will miss your conversations. We will always miss your smile.
Her memory and contributions to the profession will live on forever.
Visit Dr. Eric Robertson's blog at: http://ptthinktank.com/2013/02/18/barb-melzer-i-will-miss-your-brain/
One of Dr. Barbara Melzer's favorite organizatons was Texas WINGS, which was founded to provide Breast Cancer care to uninsured women. Those wanting to donate to this cause, please visit www.texaswings.org.
The College of Health Professions and the Department of Physical Therapy will establish a scholarship to honor Dr. Melzer’s contributions to the College, Department of Physical Therapy, and Texas State. Donations will be accepted in memory of Dr. Barbara Melzer. Please make checks payable to the Development Foundation and mailed to:
Texas State University-San Marcos Development Foundation
Attn: Donor Services, JCK-480
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
(Updated: February 19, 2013)
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.
(Posted on April 15, 2013)
Click the link below to see Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker and other PT Clinical Specialists speak on the Benefits of ABPTS Specialist Certification.
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.
(Posted: March 21, 2013)
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)
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)
Recently the Department of Physical Therapy acquired seven infant simulators to assist in the pediatric course taught by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker. While Dr. Parker prefers to bring in live children to facilitate learning in her course, these models will provide additional opportunities to work on handling skills, especially with management of tubes and lines.
DPT I and II students volunteered their time for the Energy for Life Walk to benefit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation on Saturday, September 15th. Over $30,000 was raised by the teams. 250 walkers participated while others gave support at a fundraiser held at Chili's Restaurant in July 2012. Thank you, students, for your generosity!
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
Z - Medica
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.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commissionon Accreditation in Phyiscal Therapy Education(CAPTE) is required for licensure. The DPT program at Texas State University is accredited by CAPTE and has been since 1984. The process requires periodic self study and site visits for continued accreditation. Texas State completed the process in 2011; the program is accredited until 2021. If any substantive changes occur in the program's administrative structure or function, the chair is required to notify CAPTE within seven days. These include program leadership change, structure change, significant changes in program support, changes in admission class size, major curriculum changes. Should anyone wish to contact CAPTE or to make a complaint, comments can be mailed to the American Physical Therapy Association, Attention: Accreditation Department, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488 or by e-mailing to email@example.com. For additional information see www.capteonline.org.
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