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Chair's Message


sanders  Welcome to Texas State University, Department of Physical Therapy. It is an exciting time to be a physical therapist or to be looking at a career in physical therapy. There are so many opportunities in clinical practice, education and research for the physical therapist today.

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical application in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of function and movement. Physical therapists have a background in science, health care systems and human movement. They are skilled in the art of communication. We are a caring profession.

Physical therapists are licensed to practice in each state. To be eligible for licensure, one must be a graduate of an accredited physical therapist educational program. We are pleased to have had an accredited physical therapist educational program since 1986, offering the BSPT from 1986-1996, the MSPT 1997 - 2007 and the DPT since 2008. The DPT was accredited in 2011 for ten years with the next review in 2021.  

Change is inherent in our world of physical therapy education. The new health professions building, Willow Hall, on the Round Rock Campus is under construction.  We have been busy planning for the construction and designing the new student learning spaces.  We anticipate a May 2018 move in.  We look forward to this state-of-the-art building with more space for faculty and students in the growing medical community in Williamson County.

Another change that happened in 2016 - Texas State joined PTCAS.  PTCAS is the centralized application service for physical therapy.  The application process worked smoothly and we anticipate improvements with the process moving forward.

The mission of our program is to prepare physical therapists who can work effectively in all environments with all types of clientele. We provide an education to meet this mission in an environment where learning is fun and comfortable. Our DPT program is a 3-year (9 semesters) full -time program. We have well qualified faculty members who are committed to excellence in education. Our graduates have a first-time pass rate of over 98% on the licensure exam with an ultimate pass rate of 100%. Our graduation rate is 98% over the past 20 years, and we have an employment rate of 100% for our graduates each year (for those who want to be employed).

We are very proud of our faculty, students, alumni, facilities, and our curriculum.  We have a great faculty - who are diverse in background and interests, who are very talented and creative, as well as active in the profession.   Please look around our web site and enjoy exploring physical therapy at Texas State. Should you have additional questions, feel free to contact me.

 

Barbara Sanders, PhD, PT, SCS, FAPTA

Sports Certified Specialist

Fellow American Physical Therapy Association

Professor and Chair
Phone: (512) 245-8351
Email:barbsanders@txstate.edu

 (5/22/17)