Apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Step 1: Before Applying to the PTA Program...

Program Application Window

The Application Window for the PTA Program is from December 01, 2023 - August 15, 2024.

  • Applications are due by March 1 and are accepted as space allows after March 1.
  • The Physical Therapist Assistant program starts in Fall semester.
  • “Pre-program” courses (shown in the program guide) can be in-process at the time you submit your application but you must be able to complete these courses by the time the program begins.
  • “Required” PTA-specific courses (shown in the program guide) can only be taken 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.

Do you have Military Physical Therapy Experience?

Lake Superior College offers a 20-credit, fully online AAS degree completion program for military-trained physical therapy personnel. Learn more about PTA-Military Bridge or Apply to the PTA-Military Bridge program.

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.

Step 2: Apply...

Apply Now

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.

Physical therapy volunteer experience

Students must complete a total of 40 hours of observation or volunteer work in at least two different physical therapy settings prior to starting the program. Priority is given to those who have this volunteer work completed by March 1.

Verify Volunteer Experience

Complete Pre-Program Requirements

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

Review other requirements in the program guide including:

  • English/Reading
  • Math

Step 3: Notification and Next Steps...

  1. You will be notified within 2 weeks of receipt of your application materials. You may be placed on a waiting list.
  2. When your file is complete, you will be notified about your admission status.
  3. Acceptance letters for the PTA program will be emailed by May 1 for the following fall 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 program you will receive an acceptance letter followed by information about 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.

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.


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 .

Student Selection

The PTA program enrolls 20 students each fall. Students who become LSC students and complete all PTA pre-program requirements will be admitted to the PTA 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.