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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:

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. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (208)665-5051 or email jon.gardunia@nic.edu.

PTA Accreditation Status

PTA Outcomes and Assessments:

Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education
Program/Student Outcomes

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Application Process:

The Application for the Fall 2018 PTA class has passed*.

Application dates for the Fall 2019 PTA class will open Monday January 28, 2019 and close Thursday March 28, 2019.

For additional information, please go to the PTA Student Google Site.

*CSI did not accept a cohort fall of 2018. CSI accepts cohorts every other year.

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

Physical Therapist Assistant - AAS Required Course Listing

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:

Jon Gardunia, DPT
Program Director/Instructor
Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Education
North Idaho College
Meyer Health and Science Building Room 131
208) 665-5051

Rene Rambur
Student Advisor
College of Southern Idaho Room 110,
Health Sciences and Human Services Building
PO Box 1238
Twin Falls, Idaho 83303-1238