Our History & Future


  • 1984 - Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT) introduced to Southwest Texas State University, enrolled a class of 16 students.
  • 1986 - Program accredited by Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • 1995 - Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) program enrolled initial class of 32.
  • 1997 - First MSPT class of 32 students graduated.
  • 1998 - MSPT program accredited for 10 years by CAPTE.
  • 2003 - University name changed to Texas State University-San Marcos.
  • 2006 - DPT proposal submitted for approval by the University community.
  • 2007 - DPT approved for implementation in 2008, first applications accepted.
  • 2008 - First DPT class of 40 students admitted.
  • 2011 - First DPT class graduated in May 2011; DPT program accredited for 10 years by CAPTE.
  • 2013 - University name change to Texas State University.
  • 2018 - Department relocated to Willow Hall on the Texas State University campus at Round Rock.
  • 2019 - Opened the student led Community Access Clinic.
  • 2022 - Program accreditation reaffirmed by CAPTE on April 26, 2022 for 10 years


The university is engaged in strategic planning in 2023 and the two primary focus areas are qualifying as an R1 Carnegie classification institution and student success.  The faculty are heavily engaged in research, including data collection, writing manuscripts, and applying for grants, to support the university‚Äôs Run to R1 efforts.  We will be focusing on enhancing our research infrastructure in the department this year to facilitate collaboration and success in research.  To ensure student success, we are focused on developing leadership and advocacy skills in our students and creating a culture and environment that optimizes mental and physical health.  We look forward to the opportunities that will arise as a result of these efforts.