Physical Therapist Assistant

Professional-Technical Program

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program prepares students for employment as physical therapist assistants (PTA). The PTA functions through the direction of a physical therapist (PT) to implement the PT’s plan of care. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to aid patients and clients in their return to maximal function. PTA students are instructed in thinking processes and skills such as therapeutic exercise, orthopedic and neurological interventions, therapeutic modalities, and the art of patient care. In addition to patient treatment courses, students study the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, clinical pathology, and kinesiology. Clinical education experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum and offer students the opportunity to practice the techniques learned and practiced each semester. The program is designed to be completed in two years.

Statement of Accreditation Status
Effective November 11, 2015 the Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education received notice of Withhold Initial Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:

The Consortium applied for, and was granted a Request for Expedited Reconsideration. This requires the program to submit documentation related to specified citations and host an onsite visit made by a select panel of reviewers. All citations were judged to be in conditional compliance which means that the program has in place most, but not all, of the elements necessary to meet all aspects of the evaluative criteria.

During this time the program is continuing instruction and retains its Candidate for Accreditation status (see below).
The Consortium does not express or imply a guarantee that accreditation will be granted but all efforts will be made by each member institution in the Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education to remove the withhold status and gain accreditation.

(Candidate for Accreditation statement which applies to the program at this time):
Effective November 6, 2013, the Idaho Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Admission Requirements

Competitive Entry
  1. High school diploma or GED. 
  2. Application to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. 
  3. Minimum grades of C or 2.00 must be earned in each of the prerequisite courses required for the program.
    • BIOL-227 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I With Cadaver)
    • CAOT-179 (Medical Terminology)
    • ENGL-101 (English Composition)
    • MATH-123* (Contemporary Mathematics)
    * Mathematics requirement includes any math course that is MATH-123 or higher and fulfills the A.A.S. degree requirement as list in the NIC catalog. 
  4. All lab science courses which were completed more than seven years prior to application must be repeated. 
  5. Documentation showing a minimum of 16 hours of observation in a physical therapy clinical setting. 
  6. A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance. Violations may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete the program. For questions regarding specific violations, please contact program director.

Application 2016 Plan: Given the PTA Program’s “Withhold Accreditation” status and the fact that the Program retains its “Candidate” status, the application process for the fall 2016 class is being delayed until a final accreditation decision is reached in February. If the decision to withhold accreditation is reversed, applications for the fall 2016 PTA class will open in March 2016 and close in mid-May. Please check this website for dates.

Interested in the Idaho PTA Consortium Program?
Be sure to click on the FAQs link above and most of your questions will be answered. 

More questions? Contact your advisor or program faculty.


Wendy R. McIntosh
Health Professions & Nursing Advisor
(208) 769-3373
Meyer Health & Science Rm 261


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