PTA students practice skills learned

Our Physical Therapist Assistant Program consists of general education and physical therapy courses designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for program completion. Concurrent theoretical and clinical experiences enhance the relation of theory to practice. Clinical experience is provided in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics and skilled nursing facilities.

Faculty
Phone Number
E-mail Address
PTA Department PTA Department
Lasonja Caver-Eaton, PTA Instructor Lasonja Caver-Eaton
PTA Instructor
Sandra Waltman, PTA Instructor Sandra Waltman
PTA Instructor
Gail Williamson, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, PTA Program Director Gail Williamson, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
PTA Program Director

Bishop State Community College

PTA Department Licensure Exam Statistics

Graduation Year

Group

Number of Candidates

Number of Candidates Passing

Average Scaled

Score

Pass Rate

2020

First time

Ultimate

16

16

14

14

648.9

648.9

87.5%

87.5%*

2019

First Time

Ultimate

18

18

8

13

593.5

608.4

44.4%

72.2%

2018

First Time

24

16

617.2

66.7%

Ultimate

24

19

626.2

79.2%

2017

First Time

Ultimate

19

19

18

19

670.3

671.0

94.7%

100%

  • *2020 ultimate pass rate will be updated as graduates have additional attempts at exam. The current rate is based on first attempt for graduates in 2020.

NEW UPDATE (January 4, 2021)

The PTA Department will be utilizing the APTA-sponsored Centralized Application System (CAS) for its admissions process beginning March 1, 2021. Applicants may apply between March 1 and June 1, 2021. Students will also need to apply to Bishop State if they are not actively enrolled. Read more about the CAS here.

Applications will no longer be accepted by mail or email. All applicants should apply via the CAS. CAS has dedicated staff to assist you with any issues you encounter.

Proctored essays will now be administered via Canvas. The module will be activated by March 1. Students will need access to a personal computer with high-speed internet access. The essay will require the applicant to utilize the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor to ensure the integrity of the assessment. We are glad to offer this new method of administering the proctored essay as applicants may sit for the essay at their convenience rather than having to schedule an appointment. Applicants will need an active Bishop State email address to access the module.




The deadline to submit the Verification of Volunteer Hours is May 15. Volunteer work hours should be submitted with the complete application. All application information should be completed via the PTA CAS with the exception of the proctored essay.



Accreditation

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Bishop State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Gail Williamson, PT, DPT, cert. MDT or email gwilliamson@bishop.edu.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

The following requirements are the minimum for consideration for admission to the program. Applicants should be aware that our program has a competitive admissions process and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

  • Unconditional admission to Bishop State Community College.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75 (pre-requisite courses only)
  • Minimum ACT: 18 or SAT: 940
  • Minimum of 50 observation hours in 2 physical therapy settings: outpatient clinic/hospital/ nursing home (25 hours each).
  • Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation submitted via the PTA CAS.
  • Minimum Score of 77% on the proctored essay.

Note: All pre-requisite science courses (A&P I, II, and Physical Science 112 should be no more than 5 years old at the time of application to the program. This is a science-based program, and thorough knowledge of these concepts is imperative to succeeding in the Program.

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