The Physical Therapist Assistant-Military Bridge program is a 20-credit, fully online A.A.S. degree completion program for military-trained therapy personnel.

PTA-Military Bridge starts once a year in Spring semester. Applications are accepted year-round. The program currently has a waiting list of 12-18 months. Students may take general education courses required for the program prior to formal program acceptance, but PTA-specific courses can only be taken for the A.A.S. degree by students who have been formally accepted into the program. Official program acceptance occurs only when all program entry requirements have been satisfied and the program has notified the student of their acceptance. Before applying to the PTA-Military Bridge program, become a student at LSC and complete any necessary pre-program courses (English, math, reading) and all admission requirements.

Become an LSC student

  • Apply to LSC

    Before you apply to the PTA-Military Bridge program you must apply and become an LSC student.

  • Declare your major

    When you apply to become an LSC student, choose PTA as your major. If you change your major after you apply to LSC, make sure to meet with an advisor.

  • Have you been an LSC student before?

    If you’ve taken classes for credit at LSC in the last 2 years, don’t reapply. If it’s been 2 years or more since you took a class, you need to apply to become an LSC student again.

Complete military training

Complete an approved military training program per current admission criteria.

Verify work experience

Provide a recommendation from a supervising physical therapist verifying 6 months post-training work experience and a skills documentation log.

Apply for benefits

As a Military or Veteran student, you may be eligible for educational benefits though numerous GI Bill® programs. Keep in mind it can take 60-90 days to process new certifications, so apply for military benefits early!


LSC Professional Advisors
We highly recommend you meet with a professional LSC advisor as you begin your program and throughout to address any questions you may have:  (218) 733-7601

Background check
If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge, or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lake Superior 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; website:   If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (218) 733-7632 or email

Student selection
Students who become LSC students and complete all PTA Military Bridge pre-program requirements will be admitted to the PTA Military Bridge program as long as there are available seats in the program. Students are ranked by the date on which their final program requirement was met, and when they completed their application to LSC / declared PTA as their program.