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

2023 Bishop State PTA Student Financial Fact Sheet

PTA Program Outcomes

Graduation YearGroupNumber of CandidatesNumber of Passing CandidatesPass RateTwo-year Average
2023First Time11








2022First Time17




2021First Time14






  • Employment Rates
    • 2023: 100%
    • 2022: 100%
    • 2021: 100%
    • 2-year weighted averages: 100% (2022/2023) 100% (2021/2022)

  • Graduation Rates
    • 2023: 90.0%
    • 2022: 83.3%
    • 2021: 94.4%
    • 2-year weighted averages: 86.6% (2021/2022) and 88.8% (2020/2021)



The PTA Department began utilizing the APTA-sponsored Centralized Application System (CAS) for its admission process on March 1, 2021. Applicants may apply between December 1 and May 15 each year.

Please request your transcripts to be sent to PTA CAS and Bishop State Admissions as soon as Spring grades are posted. Choose the option to have transcripts forwarded once grades are posted when ordering transcripts.

Two steps are required to apply for admission:

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

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 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.
  • Applicant must complete ALL pre-requisite courses by Spring Semester of application year. (See Program Courses button at the end of this page.)
  • Minimum GPA and Math/Science GPA: 2.75 (pre-requisite courses only; GPAs calculated by PTA CAS and/or Office of Records and Admission)
  • Minimum TEAS: PROFICIENT (Note: We are currently collecting data for TEAS and student outcomes. TEAS score may change for future application cycles as data is collected and analyzed.) Online TEAS scores are not accepted. TEAS must be taken at a testing center with in-person proctoring (effective December 2023). TEAS score submitted be from exam taken 12 months or less prior to application (effective January 2021). Students may request in-depth review of score reports should they feel the TEAS score is not reflective of their knowledge (effective April 2024)
  • Minimum of 50 observation hours in 2 different physical therapy settings (not locations): outpatient clinic/hospital/ nursing home (25 hours each). Home health is NOT accepted.
  • Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation submitted via the PTA CAS.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts for ALL institutions of higher education attended. (This is a matter of federal law.)

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. However, we encourage applicants to take A&P within 1 year of application. This is a science-based program, and thorough knowledge of these concepts is imperative to succeeding in the Program.

Click Here to Register for TEAS Testing

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 at 251-405-4447 or email


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