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Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program

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.

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: accreditation@apta.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.

The College of Southern Idaho will be accepting its next PTA class to start in the Fall of 2016. The deadline for application to the cohort starting in Fall 2016 is expected to be June 1, 2016.

Interested in the Idaho PTA Consortium Program?
Be sure to click on the FAQs link and most of your questions will be answered. Here are a few other questions and answers:

What are the prerequisites to the program?
1. Anatomy and Physiology 1
2. Medical Terminology
3. English Composition
4. Mathematics 123 or higher

More questions? Contact your advisor or program faculty.

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 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 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.

Contact Information and Location:

Rick Daigle, PT, DPT
Program Director/Instructor
Idaho Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program
North Idaho College
Room 146, Meyer Health & Science Building
1000 West Garden Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
(208) 665-5051
rddaigle@nic.edu

Jason Sumsion, MSPT, GTC
Lab Instructor
College of Southern Idaho
Room 124, Health Sciences and Human Services Building
PO Box 1238
Twin Falls, Idaho 83303-1238
(208) 732-6712
jsumsion@csi.edu