The DPT is an entry-level professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. It is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree and are seeking a professional degree in physical therapy.
Angelo State University Texas State University Texas Tech University Health Science Center Texas Woman's University University of Texas at El Paso University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
4 private institutions:
Hardin Simmons University University of Mary Hardin-Baylor University of St. Augustine University of Incarnate Word
All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the time the student enrolls in the DPT program in the summer. Students must provide official transcripts indicating that remaining pre-requisite courses are completed.
The course load ranges from 10 to 14 credit hours per semester. The first several semesters are very heavy in classroom time, while the later semesters have more "out of class" responsibilities for learning.
Additional course load is dependent on when clinical education assignments are made and how efficient projected completion is.
The first strength is our on-site physical therapy clinic. Each student completes a clinical assignment working with our faculty as clinical instructors, evaluating and treating patients in our on-site clinical facility.
The second is the spiral design of the curriculum which allows course content to build each semester for a thorough understanding of critical concepts.
Our third strength is our faculty and the fact that many of the faculty are board certified specialists and maintain active clinical practice.
And finally, our students are one of our best strengths - they are talented and intellectually curious. They are motivated to become professionals. In support of our students, we have a limited number of graduate assistantships available each year.
Enter your ApplyTexas Application number to your PTCAS application.
All materials must be submitted to PTCAS by the early October deadline. (Deadline subject to change, please check our Admission page for current deadline). Applications will be considered incomplete if all materials are not received by this date and applicants will be deemed ineligible for consideration for this cycle.
The Student Selection Committee considers a number of factors to determine which applicants are most likely to succeed in the graduate physical therapy program.
We consider the previous college GPAs, the content and clarity of the applicant’s essays, the information contained in the recommendation checklists, the GRE score, and the applicant’s work and volunteer history. The Committee will interview a select number of qualified applicants for admission.
A GRE is designed to demonstrate the test-taker's potential for success in graduate studies.
An applicant can retake the GRE to raise the score. When the GRE is repeated, we will use the higher of each individual score. The score must be submitted to the Graduate College, and then it is forwarded to us to update your application file.
Visit the GRE website, or call for recommendations about study guides or courses.
We estimate that the student can spend as much as $15,000 per year in the program – including tuition and fees, books, lab supplies and equipment, travel, memberships, and other costs. This estimate is based on Texas residency. Out of state expenses will be higher based on current tuition and fees.
For questions about tuition and residency, please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships at 512-245-2315 or visit the website at www.finaid.txstate.edu.
Prior to enrollment in the DPT Program, the following courses (or the equivalent) must be completed at Texas State or another accredited institution:
BIO 2430 or PT 3400
Human Physiology and Anatomy or Human Structure and Function
BIO 3421 or ESS 3317
Vertebrate Physiology or The Physiology of Exercise
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry II Laboratory
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introduction to Psychology
PSY 3300 or PSY 3315
Lifespan Development or Abnormal Psychology
* Anatomy and Physiology: Requirement is for a one credit all-inclusive course. At many institutions, 2 semesters/8 hours of A & P 1 and A & P 2 are available or required. If it is offered as a two-course sequence, both courses must be completed in order to completely fulfill this pre-requisite. Anatomy and Physiology 2 will not fulfill the Exercise/Vertebrate Physiology pre-requisite.
** Medical Terminology: courses can be 1, 2, or 3 credit-hour courses.
*** Statistics: Statistics coursework must include the study of analysis of variance (ANOVA) and can be a basic statistics course from any department.
**** Chemistry: If Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2 are taught with 3 hour lectures and a 2 hour combined lab for both Chemistry lectures, only one lab is required for a total of 8 hours of Chemistry.
All science courses listed on the pre-requisite table must be taken with lab sections.
The level of chemistry and physics courses should correspond to coursework needed for medical and dental schools' pre-requisites.
We do not have a time frame for when courses can be taken.
The applicant is responsible for the content information of the pre-requisite courses since they provide the foundation for the professional program. The applicant must be confident in his/her knowledge from these courses.
They do not need to be repeated for a more recent completion date.
Competitive candidates have maintained a good GPA throughout their undergraduate studies, have a good basic knowledge of the field of physical therapy, and can express themselves well in both writing and verbally.
Each student will consult with the Director of Clinical Education to establish an individualized clinical education plan. Sometimes these experiences can be arranged close to home. Other times, you may need to plan to travel. It is important that you work directly with the DCE to establish a plan that can meet your needs within the confines of availability and access to a quality experience.
Have a strong support system (people you can call on to be there for your kids when you cannot, If you don’t have this you will not last very long! Feeling guilty about not being there for your kids is hard, but if you have someone you love and trust who is able to be with them when you are not, you will feel much better).
Know that it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t get a perfect grade on every little project and every little assignment, don’t hold yourself to the same standard as other classmates who do not have children! This will stress you out and create a bigger problem for you. You have to find out what you are happy with and set a standard for yourself, if you feel like you are learning and obtaining the information you need, that is the most important thing as well as keeping your stress levels as low as you can.
Take time for yourself!! It tends to be hard to stop when you have a ton of homework and someone who always needs mom’s help, but if you don’t take time to yourself you will burn yourself thin really quickly. Even if you feel as though you have to be selfish in order to do this, it is ultimately going to help those around you that you took even an hour to yourself. Biggest challenge will be trying not to feel guilty about everything you need to be doing while you are taking that hour to yourself!
- SPT Class of 2017
I learned very quickly that if I was going to succeed in both of these roles at the same time, I didn't have time to pretend like I knew it all. I had to put pride on the back burner and reach out for help when I needed it. There were countless times when either my wife or my classmates had to help me fill in the holes. A humbling existence for sure, but one that ultimately brought me closer to all of them and reminded me that nothing that we do is a complete individual effort.
When you're balancing parenthood and PT school, time is the most valuable commodity you've got. The time I spent in lecture and in lab directly related to how much time I had to spend with my family. I couldn't afford to zone out during class and "make up for it" with last minute cramming. There was a learning curve to be certain, but managing my time well allowed me to maximize my efforts. Additionally, both PT school and parenthood seemed to have an ebb and a flow in terms of workload and stress. Because I relied so heavily on my wife and my classmates, when one of these commitments wasn't at a critical juncture, I devoted more of my time and energy to the other and vice versa. It was important for me to demonstrate to both groups that I wasn't taking advantage of their willingness to help and that their flexibility was sincerely appreciated. Sometimes both were at critical junctures at the same time. When this happened (and it did...many times), my family came first and I relied on what I learned during lecture and during previous study sessions (and a ton of prayers) to see me through. My grades certainly weren't as good as they could have been...and that's OK.
Trial & Error:
Learning how to be a father and learning how to be a non-traditional PT student were both demanding roles that I had to learn how to navigate at the same time. I had no previous experience to draw from in either role. Errors on both fronts became commonplace and I had to learn to roll with the punches and improve on the fly. Errors don't become mistakes until you refuse to correct them so actively reflecting on situations that resulted in less than desirable outcomes helped me make better decisions as time went on. Another valuable lesson that I'm refining even today.
No. The entire program will be moving to Round Rock in May, 2018. We will no longer have a presence here in San Marcos. We are excited about the move where we will have a new building, labs, classrooms, PT clinic, and new technology equipment which will greatly enhance our teaching capabilities.