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.

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

NEW UPDATE (March 24, 2021)

The PTA Department will be utilizing the APTA-sponsored Centralized Application System (CAS) for its admission 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. Bishop State PTA Program's link for application is

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. Due to continued complications from COVID, we are allowing students to submit observation hours from one setting vs. two for this application season only. A minimum of 50 hours is still required.

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 to use an active Bishop State email address to access the module. Should an applicant need access to a computer, please reach out the the Learning Assistance Center on Main Campus.

Three steps are required to apply for admission successfully:

1. Complete application to Bishop State Community College (if not already enrolled) at: Bishop State Community College Application Page

2. Complete PTA Program Application at: Bishop State Community College PTA Program Application

3. Complete the Proctored Essay. (Watch your Bishop State email for the link to the Proctored Essay Module in Canvas. Accept the invitation and complete the essay before by June 1, 2021. If you did not use a Bishop State email in your application, you will need to email the Director with your Bishop State email in order to be included in the essay module.)

If you experience any difficulty with the PTA CAS you will need to contact the WebAdMIT Support Team:


Help Center:

Phone: 857-304-2020

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

With Respect to code 668.43 (a)(5)(v)

This program has determined that its curriculum meets the state education requirements for licensure in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical therapy Education based on the following:

CAPTE accreditation of the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, graduates of CAPTE-accredited physical therapist or physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rice, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. From more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Website at


Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Bishop State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Gail Williamson, PT, DPT, cert. MDT or email

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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