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Department of Physical Therapy


What's new at Texas State Physical Therapy?

Welcome back to our Texas State DPT students who traveled to Atenas, Costa Rica to participate in a 9 day service learning study abroad program!  Students took two classes while in Costa Rica, they lived with host families in the local community, hiked a local volcano and so much more!  You can find more information and photos on our Study Abroad webpage, @TexasStatePT twitter page, or Facebook.  

study abroad

Congratulations to

Dr. Janet Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD

for being selected as a

2017 Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association

Dr. Bezner joins a distinguished group of colleagues within the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State University - We are so proud of this group!

Dr. Barbara Sanders, PT, PhD

2010 Catherine Worthingham Fellow

Dr. David Greathouse, PT, PhD

2006 Catherine Worthingham Fellow

and the late

Dr. Barbara Melzer, PT, DP, PhD

2003 Catherine Worthingham Fellow


New Building on Round Rock Campus

Construction on the new health professions building at Round Rock has begun.  You can see the crane as you approach campus and when you arrive, you see the blue construction fences.  We are excited about the building process and continue to plan the student learning and supports spaces - interior design, furniture, equipment.  We will try to post updates as pictures become available. 


Link to Live Feed of Construction



Admissions 2017

Admissions for the year has been completed.  Check PTCAS for the 2018 instructions - that process will not be available until later in 2017.



Computer Based Testing

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?



                               Student News

Sean Buchner, SPT and Mandi Folger, SPT (Class of 2018) were awarded 2nd place at the Texas State University, College of Health Professions Student-Faculty Research Forum.  Their poster represents the work of their research project titled “An Investigation of Functional Movement Impairments in Yoga Practitioners Before and After Yoga Posture Training and with Targeted Exercise Training.”  Congratulations Sean & Mandi!




Donated shoes for the Austin State Hospital Shoe Drive – it was a success!


This weekend at PT Olympics, our DPT students finished tied for first place with UTMB!  "We had a great time and were very competitive in almost all of the sports.  We placed first, second, or third in 8 of the 13 total events!" 




Faculty Position Open

Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor position now open in the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State University.  Please visit "Job Opportunities at Texas State" at or use the following link for details:




CLASS OF 2017: Tracy Cisneros, Kinzi Kaliszewski, Jace Kerby

CLASS OF 2018: Sydney Coldwell, Caitlin Sears, Nick Stewart, Alex Trevino

CLASS OF 2019: Michelle Arceneaux, Lucas Gaspard, Frank Shott, Christopher Stehle


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. We are proud that we have had 100% every year since the challenge started.  We challenge our students each year to hit this benchmark as well. 


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 



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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:; website: