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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 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.

The Department of Physical Therapy has moved into Willow Hall on the Round Rock Campus. We are entering a new era for our program after being on the San Marcos campus for over 30 years. 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. We are pleased to share Willow Hall with the Respiratory Care programs and the Communication Disorders programs.

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