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



The Department of Physical Therapy has recently transitioned to computerized testing.  In many of the classes, faculty will administer quizzes and exams using SofTest from ExamSoft.  SofTest is a high stakes assessment program developed and licensed by ExamSoft that  enables exam takers to securely take examinations downloaded to their own laptop or tablet device.  SofTest can be used on most modern Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX based computers and some tablets (ipad and Windows Surface Pro).  Starting in summer of 2017, all students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will be required to have access to a device that meets the Minimum System Requirements.

How do I check my minimum system requirements?





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

                                            Student News

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!


Faculty News


Last week, Jennifer L. Hale, P.T., D.P.T., N.C.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Program Director, Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program, Texas State University, participated in the Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), a pilot “train the trainer” program designed to improve physical therapy care in Parkinson’s disease.


During the four-day course, physical therapy educators immersed themselves in learning about the latest evidence-based findings in Parkinson’s research and care so they can, in turn, educate physical therapy students. By bringing this knowledge back to their students, our future practitioners, physical therapy educators can make a great impact on the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease.


Faculty Activities


Texas State PT students "Sprinkle Kindness" in memory of a lost friend and to honor her selfless gift of organ donation.

In memory of Angela Marie Guest, the DPT students at Texas State University hosted a cupcake party.  On July 31, 2016, Angela would have celebrated her 25th birthday, so students got together to raise awareness for organ donation and “sprinkle kindness” on those around them.  Angela Guest was 19 years old when she unexpectedly passed away as a result of a brain bleed in March of 2011.  The Guest family worked with the medical team at St. David’s Medical Center of Austin, TX to fulfill Angela’s wishes to become an organ donor for those in need.  Since Angela lived her life with a fierce passion for sharing joy and serving others, her decision to become an organ donor at age 19 was not much of a surprise.  Angela was able to donate eight organs including: right kidney, left kidney, pancreas, right lung, left lung, small bowel, liver, and heart.  All eight of these organs were used to save the lives of seven other patients ranging from two years to sixty years of age.  Angela was also featured on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses parade in January of 2016.  Angela’s legacy and cheerful spirit continues to touch people of all ages.  In addition to photography and sports, one of Angela’s favorite hobbies was baking.  She loved to bake cupcakes and share them with her friends and family.  Each year, Angela’s friends and family bake cupcakes and find creative ways to “sprinkle kindness” in her memory and to raise awareness for organ donation.




CLASS OF 2017: Courtney Volger

CLASS OF 2018: Gabriel Dunham, Julia Lapo, Jessica Traves

CLASS OF 2019:  Austin Conlin, Nkechi Mbah, Bryant Stites, Ari Witkin



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 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.