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Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program

The Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education 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 (2/16/16):

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), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/

Applications Deadlines for PTA Program:

Due to the timing of the accreditation site visit cycle, the College of Southern Idaho will accept its next cohert of students for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Fall 2017. Application deadlines will be announced early 2017.

Applications for the Fall 2016 PTA class for North Idaho College, Lewis and Clark State College, and the College of Western Idaho, will continue to be open March 28, 2016 and close June 2, 2016. Do not attempt to apply before March 28 or after June 2, 2016. If you are currently in a prerequisite or a required general education course, complete the course and then apply-this will allow your required courses to be included in the application. This is a selective-entry program and the following numbers of students will comprise the new class: CWI-14 students; LCSC-6 students; NIC-10 students.

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:

Rand Edwards, PT, MEd
Interim Program Director/Instructor
Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education
North Idaho College
1000 West Garden Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
(208) 769-3250
rcedwards2@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