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College of Health Professions

Welcome to the College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions prepares students for careers in the healthcare field. Through its professional, technical, clinical and academic programs, the college serves as an advocate for change and improvement in the field of healthcare services. The college also serves as a catalyst to expand and improve public perceptions of healthcare in the community.

Dr. Ruth B. Welborn and Department Chairs/Directors
Dean Ruth B. Welborn and Department Chairs/Directors

Ruth B. Welborn Health Professions Leadership Scholarship

Dr. Ruth B. Welborn presents HA student Katharine Heinemann with a certificate

Dr. Ruth B. Welborn became Dean of the College of Health Professions (CHP) in 2003. Under her leadership, undergraduate and graduate programs have been expanded. Dean Welborn holds the rank of Professor of Health Administration. She earned her Diploma in Nursing from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO, a BSN from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Master's from UT-San Antonio, and Ph.D. from Texas A&M.

Before becoming Dean, Dr. Welborn served in a variety of leadership positions at Texas State, including the Chair of the Depts. of Allied Health Sciences and Health Administration, Associate Dean of the CHP and Interim Dean.

She is a strong believer in giving back to the community through service and has served on the Board of Trustees for the San Marcos Academy; Board of Directors and the Women's Council for Central Texas Medical Center; San Marcos Main Street Advisory Board; San Marcos-Hays County Emergency Medical Services Board; Habitat for Humanity; Palmer Drug Abuse Program; the City of San Marcos Human Development Commission, and many others.

In June 2021, Dean Welborn had the honor of presenting the first scholarship to Katharine Heinemann, a Health Administration student in the College of Health Professions.

Research & Innovation

An interdisciplinary research team at Texas State University has been awarded in-kind hardware and cloud computing services from Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) HPC Fund for COVID-19 research.  

Texas State’s proposal was led by Larry Fulton, School of Health Administration, and included faculty from the Ingram School of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Psychology. Public collaboration and support from Ted Lehr, data architect for the city of Austin, was included in the proposal.

Read the rest of the AMD funding for COVID-19 research here.

Arianna Apodaca, Radiation Therapy Graduate, Named 2021 LBJ Outstanding Senior Student

Story by Piper Blake

Arianna Apodaca is the recipient of the 2021 LBJ Outstanding Senior Student Award presented annually by the Texas State University Alumni Association.

This award is named in honor of Distinguished Alumnus and 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, and recognizes graduating seniors who have shown outstanding leadership, character, campus and community involvement, and academic success.

Throughout Apodaca’s undergraduate career, she maintained her high GPA while battling aggressive breast cancer twice. During her sophomore and junior years at Texas State, she underwent numerous surgeries and many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Her experience with cancer led her to pursue a degree in radiation therapy and raise awareness for early detection of breast cancer. Ever dedicated, Apodaca completed the clinical rotations for her degree at the hospital where she was receiving her cancer treatments, enabling her to continue her studies without taking time off.

Apodaca has spoken about early detection and her cancer journey at San Marcos High School, as well as local news, webshows, and podcasts. While at Texas State, she served as the Vice President of the Pre-Radiation Therapy Organization, and the Social Media Coordinator for Be the Match. She was also a member of the student organizations Black Women United and Men Against Violence.

She graduated in May 2021 with a bachelor of science in radiation therapy and will pursue a career treating cancer patients with firsthand knowledge of the challenges they face when undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

Dr. De De Gardner Receives 2020 Online Teaching Award


Radiation Therapy Program Contributes to National Marrow Donor Registry

Radiation Therapy Students at Be the Match at UT Rio Grande Valley

Congratulations to the Radiation Therapy Program for adding 1,529 new marrow donor registrants to the national marrow donor registry at their recent marrow drive at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley with Be The Match.

Leadership & Administration Master's in Nursing

Healthcare at Texas State University: Research. Academics. Community.

2021 Faculty and Student Research Forum

This year's forum was a great success, featuring an increase in outstanding entries. Thank you, and congratulations to all participants for making this event a showcase of the dedication and skill found throughout all departments in the College of Health Professions. View a list of the Research Forum winning entries here.

Dr. Rodney Rohde
Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, CLS Professor and Chair

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists

Congratulations to Dr. Rodney E. Rohde on becoming a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists.  This is a designation bestowed by the Association of Clinical Scientists upon qualified members.  Fellows must be doctoral scientists who are experts in the education of and/or application of laboratory methods for elucidating, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.  The title, FACSc, denotes that the clinical scientists have ongoing specialized professional activities related to clinical expertise, research or teaching experiences, and/or significant advocacy efforts in the field of clinical laboratory science.  Thus, this is a title distinction that may be used behind their signature.   Dr. Rohde now joins this very selective group of only ~200 Fellows nationally.  For more information, please visit

Outstanding Graduate & Doctoral Student Awards 2021

Each year, one outstanding graduate and doctoral student from the Graduate College is selected to represent the College of Health Professions. This year, based upon their outstanding accomplishments, Donna Ponchak was selected as the graduate student from the St. David's School of Nursing, and Lindsay Iuen was selected as the doctoral student from the Department of Physical Therapy.

Donna Ponchak (Nursing) - Nursing Graduate Student
Donna Ponchak, Nursing
Outstanding Graduate Student
Kelsy Vick (PT)
Lindsay Iuen, PT
Outstanding Doctoral Student


Outstanding Academic Student Award Winners 2021

Dean's Seminar 2020

Dean Welborn and Dr. Trad

Dr. Ruth B. Welborn presented Dr. Lawrence Fulton with a plaque in recognition of his presentation,
"Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Healthcare"


40th Anniversary


In December of 2012, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the College of Health Professions.

Click on the 40th Anniversary archives to view some fun facts and photos!