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Chair's Message


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 applications in the restoration, maintenance and promotion of optimal physical function.  Physical therapists are health professionals who help individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and functioning, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health wellbeing and quality of life.  Physical therapists’ services prevent, minimize or eliminate impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations and participation restrictions.  Physical therapists diagnose and treat people of all ages, including newborns, children and elderly individuals to improve mobility.  Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings and nursing homes. 

Physical therapists play vital roles in today’s health care environment and are recognized as essential providers of rehabilitation and habilitation, performance enhancements, and prevention and risk-reduction services.  Physical therapists also play important roles both in developing standards for physical therapist practice and in developing health care policy to ensure availability, accessibility, and optimal provision of physical therapist services.

Physical therapists are licensed to practice in each state. To be eligible for licensure, one must graduate from 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.

The Department of Physical Therapy is now located in Willow Hall on the Round Rock campus.  Our state-of-the-art facilities, located in the midst of a growing health care community, are beautiful and the opportunities boundless. We look forward to developing new relationships, new programs, solidifying existing relationships and taking advantage of so many opportunities in our new community. Since moving to the Round Rock campus our clinic has continued to grow; our students have started a Pro Bono Clinic; and our community engagement continues to develop and thrive. 

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 30 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, FAPTA

Sports Certified Specialist Emeritus

Fellow American Physical Therapy Association

Professor and Chair
Phone: 512-716-2652