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Department of Physical Therapy

Join us at our Open House for Prospective DPT Students


DPT Open House



Register to participate in the 5th Annual Pura Vida 5K and Wellness Event November 13th, 9AM on the Texas State University Round Rock campus.  Cost: $25. T-shirt only: $15

Can’t make it but want to support PT students – click here to SPONSOR A STUDENT to run in the 5K.  This event supports study abroad and graduate student scholarships at the same time. Last year we raised $6450 total: $5,000 in PT study abroad scholarships and $1450 for graduate student scholarships! Click here to make a donation.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy students are hosting the 5th Annual Pura Vida 5K trail run at Texas State University Round Rock Campus on Saturday November 13 at 9:00am.  Registration is $25.  This is their main fundraiser for PT’s interprofessional, service learning study abroad program in Atenas, Costa Rica.  This study abroad program welcomes all students (undergrad, master, and doctoral students).  Last year’s study abroad participants include 20 students from CLS, PT, pre-med, athletic training, pre-PT, and pre-OT.  Students live with host families and learn/practice Medical Spanish in nursing homes and outpatient clinics, so they are better prepared to serve our patients who speak Spanish here in the US. 

This race is part of the Running with the Graduate Deans series, which raises money for Graduate student scholarships. If you are one of the 1st 30 graduate students/faculty/staff to register, you will also receive a Running with the Graduate Deans technical shirt - be sure to indicate that you are a graduate student, faculty, or staff under "University Affiliation" on your registration. For these individuals, the Graduate Deans will donate $25 to the Graduate student travel fund.  If you cross the finish line before the Graduate Deans, they will donate $50. Last year we raised $1450 for graduate student scholarships.  

If you are unable to participate in the race, but would like to support the program, you can sponsor a student to run the race, buy a t-shirt, or make a donation by clicking here.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Suzy Okere (

COVID 19 Update

As the Department of Physical Therapy responds to the mandates of the community and the university, we are doing our best to be responsive to current students, prospective students, family, friends and the community.  While our office is open daily, the public is encouraged not to visit.  We are answering phone calls and responding to emails.  We look forward to personal interactions once we are on the other side of this crisis.  Phone or Zoom appointments can be scheduled by calling the number below.

Phone - 512-716-2652                                   

Email -


A Message to the Physical Therapy Community from the Physical Therapy Faculty

As we learned of the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, our faculty and staff have shared in the national sense of grief, anger, pain, and fear surrounding the circumstances of his death and lend our voice to the outrage against this too frequent occurrence among Black Americans.  In times like these, we renew our commitment to our institutional and professional values and our duty as physical therapists to care for, support, protect, and enhance the lives of members of our community.


Working together, we can expose racism and we vow to commit to the hard work to eliminate it so that everyone, including Black members of our community, can live with dignity and fully realize the justice and freedom promised to each of us.  We are taking actions to demonstrate ally ship with you and members of our community as we seek to realize our institutional mission to “strive to create new knowledge, to embrace a diversity of people and ideas, to foster cultural and economic development, and to prepare its graduates to participate fully and freely as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.”


We are committed to addressing social injustice in all its forms.


Community-Access Physical Therapy Clinic

Pro Bono Clinic

Please call for an appointment or contact us for questions.  

The Community-Access Physical Therapy Clinic, located on the lower level of Willow Hall on the Texas State University Round Rock campus, is a student-run clinic offering pro bono physical therapy services to residents in need in Round Rock and the surrounding areas. Our compassionate clinical staff provides evidence-based, therapeutic care in a state-of-the-art facility. Orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation services are available on Tuesday evenings. 

Community Access Clinic: please call 512-716-2639 or email: for more info. 


For department questions/advising appointments:

Please call 512-716-2652 or email


Spivey Named Melzer Professor

Spivey Named Melzer Professor

Dr. Steve Spivey has been selected for the first Barbara Melzer Endowed Professorship! The Professorship was created through the generous donation of Dr. Kathy Safford to recognize the commitment to excellence that Dr. Barbara Melzer established for students and faculty while at Texas State. It is awarded for 3 years and will support the recipient to focus on activities that contribute to the department Mission. Dr. Spivey's proposal is to research and establish the best approaches to foster the mental health practices of those students enrolled in the DPT program. Spivey stated that "Mama" Melzer made all of her students a priority and would do anything to support and protect them. He would like to continue her legacy to identify what we can do to support mental health and wellness and support the "family" culture in the program. As Spivey stated, "I am overwhelmed and honored to be named the Melzer Professor for the next 3 years. Dr. Melzer was an irreplaceable mentor to me. I wouldn't be the man I am today without her support and encouragement. I am thrilled for the chance to continue her legacy of supporting and mentoring the students of Texas State University." Congratulations to Dr. Steve Spivey! 

In Honor of Dr. Barbara Melzer, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

Dr. Barbara Melzer

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 



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

Action Bandage, LLC

Advanced Orthopedic Designs

Blue Sky Orthotics & Prosthetics

BSN Medical

Carolon Heel Lift Center (Kyle, TX)

Carrington Hollister Wound Care

Central Texas Medical Center

CHARM: Center for Healing & Regenerative Medicine

Christus Santa Rosa

ConvaTec Medical Solutions

DARCO Medical Technologies, Inc

Department of Surgery Hydrofera, LLC

Derma Sciences Orthotic & Prosthetic Exciton Technologies, Inc

Dewey Whisenant, MD Technologies, Inc 

GaitRite, Inc




La Brisas Apartments, Round Rock

Lakeway Aquatic Therapy & Center (Austin, TX)

Lympha Press USA, LTD Osborn Medical Corporation

Regent Medical

Ritchie Limb & Brace

Sage Allard USA, Inc

St. David's North Medical

Save and Simple

Seton Hays Medical

Seton Main Hospital

Skill-Care Corporation

Smith & Nephew Chattanooga Group

Texas Neuro Rehab

Texas PT Specialists

Travis Medical

University Federal Credit Union

University Medical Center at Davol, Inc

Wake Pharma US

Wellness Center

Wellsence, USA

Z - Medica



DPT Curriculum

The Texas State University DPT Curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in all states.  These state  jurisdictions require graduation from a CAPTE accredited physical therapist education program.  



Texas State University is a member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) which supports academic institutions to strive for excellence in physical therapist education.  We encourage faculty, clinical educators, academic administrators and students interested in pursuing teaching to check out


DPT Accreditation 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria,  Virginia 22305-3085; telephone:
(703) 706-3245; email:; website:

Filing a complaint with CAPTE:  If you have a question about the department’s accreditation status or wish to express a concern about accreditation, you are encouraged to contact CAPTE. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (512) 716-2652 or email at

Complaints - all complaints should be submitted in writing (see UPPS 07.10.06) to either the Program Director or Dean.  Response and resolution will be directed to the appropriate office.