Physical Therapist Assistant
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Application to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
- 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.
- All lab science courses which were completed more than seven
years prior to application must be repeated.
- Documentation showing a minimum of 16 hours of observation
in a physical therapy clinical setting.
- 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
North Idaho College will be accepting its next
PTA class to start in the Fall of 2016.
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.
Complaints Against Idaho PTA Consortium Program, Faculty, Students or Program Graduates
An individual may make an inquiry regarding complaint procedures or about issues and concerns that could be considered complaints. The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Consortium Program’s response and its obligations to meet the specific timetables outlined in these procedures will begin only after a formal written complaint is received by the program director or dean.
The Idaho Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program abides by each member college’s practice of non-discrimination and therefore will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.
Rick Daigle, PT, DPT
Idaho Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program
North Idaho College
Room 253, Meyer Health & Science Building
1000 West Garden Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
Wendy R. McIntosh
Health Professions & Nursing Advisor
Meyer Health & Science Rm 261