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Physical Therapist Assistant

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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.

Application to the Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education (ICPTAE) Program opens in late March for August program admission. The selective-entry program application deadline is set in mid-May. Program location cohorts will be comprised of the following student numbers:

  • College of Western Idaho (CWI) - 14 students every year
  • Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) - 6 students every other year (even years)
  • North Idaho College (NIC) - 10 students every year
  • College of Southern Idaho (CSI) - 10 students every other year (odd years)

Statement of Accreditation Status

The Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education at the College of Southern Idaho, the College of Western Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, and North Idaho 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 (208) 665-5051 or email

Complaints Against PTA 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 Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education'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.

Admission Requirements

Competitive Entry
  1. High school diploma or GED. 
  2. Application to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. 
  3. Minimum grades of C/2.0 must be earned in each of the courses listed below.
    Minimum Prerequisites Needed to Apply
    • 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. 
    Other Courses Assigned Points in Admissions Process
    • BIOL-228 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II)
    • COMM-101 (Intro to Speech Communications)
    • PSYC-101 (Intro to Psychology)
  4. All lab science courses must have been completed within 7 years of the application deadline.
  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.

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

Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education
Program/Student Outcomes
Year 2016 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2-year average 2021-2022 5-year average
Graduation Rate 96% 96% 92% 93% 93% 96% 95% 94%
Licensure Exam Pass Rate 94% 100% 94% 89% 85% 91% 88% 92%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 98% 99%

More questions? Contact your advisor or program faculty.


Health Professions Advisor
(208) 625-2320

Jon Gardunia, DPT
Program Director/Instructor
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
(208) 665-5051


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