Texas State University expands Round Rock campus as hub for health professions

Addition of Willow Hall allows new programs to grow

Texas State’s Round Rock Campus has a new building that will expand its degree programs and enhance the availability of affordable healthcare in the area.

Classes will begin June 1 at the new Willow Hall, which houses three new departments from the University’s College of Health Professions –  Communication Disorders, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Care.

Three public clinics are a centerpiece of the expansion, connecting students, instructors and the community through education and healthcare. In each clinic, students will put their classroom skills into practice for residents of the greater Round Rock-North Austin area.

“As a training facility, students provide services under the guidance of clinical educators who are licensed and certified,” said Dr. Valarie Fleming, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders. “This clinical experience is irreplaceable for students training in their professions. It also fills a need in the local medical ecosystem, since the university clinics provide different specialty therapies, at different price points and insurance coverages, than existing practices do.”

Developing a “Healthcare Neighborhood” in Round Rock is part of the Texas State University Master Plan. The University has planned for a healthcare center in Round Rock since 1996, when the campus was first established. As part of the ongoing migration of the College of Health Professions from San Marcos to Round Rock, the new degree programs will join the St. David’s School of Nursing, which opened as a new program in 2010.

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As a growing hub for medical services, Round Rock offers numerous opportunities for students to gain practical experience in their fields. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Round Rock, Cornerstone Hospital, Seton Medical Center Williamson, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center are all within a few miles of the Texas State Round Rock campus.

Texas State University is also expected to expand their Round Rock campus further with the addition of Esperanza Hall, the future home of the remaining health professions degree programs, making Round Rock the hub of the University’s College of Health Professions.

More information about Texas State Round Rock can be found online at rrc.txstate.edu/

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