Apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant - Military Bridge Program

Step 1: Before Applying to PTA-Military Bridge

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)-Military Bridge program is a unique program for service members with military therapy training. As an accepted student, your previous military training and experience will apply to the program. You will start the program with 54 equivalent civilian credits to apply to the 74 credit PTA Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree. The Physical Therapist Assistant-Military Bridge program enables you to complete the AAS Degree online in 20 credits. It is the only program of its kind in the nation.

The LSC PTA-Military Bridge is a fully online program which starts once a year in Spring semester. Applications are accepted year-round, and the program currently has no waiting list. 

Become an LSC Student

Apply to LSC

Apply to LSC

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

Declare Your Major

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?

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. Please note that you must wait 6 months after the Phase 2 or Journeyman training before applying.

Military Training Program Admission Criteria

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!

Step 2: Apply...

Apply Now

The PTA Military Bridge program starts once a year in Spring semester. Applications accepted year round.

Save the confirmation email you receive after applying.

Save the confirmation email you receive after applying. No copies of online applications will be accepted as proof of application.

Additional Requirements

  1. All PTA applicants are required to complete the most current Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) standardized Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to application deadlines and release scores to LSC.
    1. Applicants must achieve a minimum ATI TEAS score of 58.6% to be considered for PTA program entry.
    2. If the applicant has taken the ATI TEAS test at another institution, please have the transcript sent electronically to LSC through ATI. LSC will not accept any paper copies of ATI TEAS scores.
    3. There is no limit to the number of ATI TEAS test attempts
  2. To register for the ATI TEAS exam, create an account at Once an account has been created, visit the ATI Store.
  3. View the TEAS Study Resources.

Verify Work Experience

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

Verify Work Experience

Complete Pre-Program Requirements

Complete all “pre-program” requirements / courses specified in your program guide.

Students may take general education courses required for the program prior to formal program acceptance, PTA-specific courses can only be taken for the AAS 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.

Review other requirements in the program guide including:

  • English/Reading
  • Math

Step 3: Next Steps...

  1. You will be notified within 4 weeks of receipt of your program application materials.
  2. When your file is complete, you will be notified about your admission status. Most students are initially placed on a program waiting list for 12-18 months. During this time you are strongly encouraged to compete all required general education courses.
  3. Acceptance letters for the PTA-Military Bridge program will be emailed in March for the following spring semester’s PTA courses. This is for formal program acceptance once you are no longer on the waiting list.



If you are formally accepted into the PTA-Military Bridge program you will receive an acceptance letter followed by information about the required online orientation. You must complete the steps outlined in the acceptance letter to secure your seat in the program.

Not Accepted

Not Accepted

You will remain on the wait list until a spot opens. At that time LSC will contact you about starting the program. You don’t need to reapply as an LSC student.

Common Questions

LSC Professional Advisors

We highly recommend you meet with a Health Sciences Academic Advisor as you begin your program and throughout to address any questions you may have.

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.

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.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lake Superior 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 (218) 733-7632 or email .