Texas State University-San Marcos

Information about Physical Therapist program at Texas State University-San Marcos




Texas State University-San Marcos (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Texas State University-San Marcos
Health Science Center
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
Phone:   (512)245-8351
Fax:   (512)245-8736
Financial Aid Phone:   (512)245-2315
Web Address:   http://www.health.TxState.edu/pt
Program E-mail:   phystherapy@txstate.edu
Barbara Sanders, PT, PhD, SCS
Professor and Chair
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, May 1986 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1996
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2008
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy; Doctor of Physical Therapy (pending Summer 2007 approval by the Texas higher Education Coordinating Board)
The graduate program is a 4+2 curriculum format, requiring completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the professional sequence. The baccalaureate degree can be in any major, but completion of prerequisite courses is required. The program begins in the summer semester and concludes the spring semester of the second year with graduation in May. Students average 12 credits per semester. The total number of credits for the program, without thesis, is 69. The degree also offers a thesis option. Students are in class 4-6 hours per day. First-year students complete a 4-week full-time clinical practicum assignment during the end of the spring semester. Second-year students complete a part-time directed clinical experience in the on-campus clinic and 22 weeks of full-time clinical education in off campus clinical facilities. The DOCTORAL PROGRAM will be a 4+3 curriculum, requiring completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the professional sequence. The baccalaureate degree can be in any major but completion of pre-requisite courses is required. The program will begin in the summer semester and conclude with the spring semester of the third year with graduation in May. Students will average 12 credits per semester. The total number of credits for the program is 99. Students will be in class 4-6 hours per day. Second year will students complete an on-site part-time directed clinical experience prior to off site clinical assignments in the third year. The third year students will complete an 8 week clinical in the summer, two 8 week clinicals in the fall and a final 12 week clinical in the spring in off campus clinical facilities.
Second-year students have three 7-8 week clinical experiences during the fall and spring semesters. Full-time clinical experiences are located primarily in the state of Texas. Students typically complete one experience in a hospital setting, one in a rehabilitation setting and one in an outpatient setting. The curriculum includes directed clinical courses and clinical practicum at the on-campus clinic.
There are twelve full-time and 1.5 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty four hold post-professional doctoral degrees, three are certified as clinical specialists and most are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged six publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:7.
The University has over 27,000 students enrolled. The physical therapy program accepts up to 40 students from over 100 qualified applicants. Presently, approximately 90% of the students enrolled in the department are Texas residents.
A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of course work toward bachelor's degree and a minimum GRE score of 1000 is preferred for admission to the Graduate College. The average GRE of admitted students is 1110 (verbal 500, quantitative, 600). The mean overall GPA is 3.50 and the mean science GPA is 3.4. Prerequisites include 8 semester hours in each: chemistry and physics; 4 semester hours in each: anatomy, physiology, and advanced physiology; and 3 semester hours in each: general psychology, developmental or abnormal psychology, statistics, and medical terminology. Pre-requisite course must be completed before entering the program. Application deadline to the Graduate School and the Department of Physical Therapy is October 15th each year. 48% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3 year average).
100% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). The licensure rate is 100% for graduates (3-year average). There is 100% employment of those choosing to be employed (3-year average)
The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2006-2007 academic year is $2,650 per semester for three semesters for residents and $6300 per semester for nonresidents. Seventy-five percent of the physical therapy students receive some type of financial aid. For specific information about financial aid, contact the Texas State University Financial Aid Office.
TX State is a member of the Texas State University System. The university has an enrollment of more the 27,000 students. Located at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities. The beauty of the San Marcos River and the many sprawling cypress and pecan trees on campus add to the charm of this picturesque setting. San Marcos is located 30 miles south of Austin and 50 miles north of San Antonio but has managed to retain the charm of a smaller community, and Texas State University-San Marcos still has a real university atmosphere-a place where faculty and students take the processes of teaching and learning seriously. Intercollegiate athletics include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball. There are many cultural, recreational, and entertainment activities available in the area. Major medical centers and other academic institutions, located in Austin and San Antonio, are within a 1-hour drive.