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 (July 22, 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 January 1 and May 15 each year. Students will also need to apply to Bishop State if they are not actively enrolled at the time of their application to the Program. Bishop State PTA Program's link for application is

Applications are no longer be accepted by mail or email. All applicants should apply via the PTA CAS.

Two 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

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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