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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.

PTA Accreditation Status

PTA Application Announcement for Fall 2017

Application for the fall 2017 PTA class will open March 27, 2017 and close May 25, 2017. Please do not attempt to apply before or after this time frame. If you are currently in a prerequisite or a required general education course, you should complete the course and then apply. This will allow prerequisites or required courses to be included in the application point process given the PTA program is a competitive entry program. The following numbers of students will comprise the 2017 cohort: CSI - 10 students; CWI - 14 students; LCSC - 6 students; NIC - 10 students.

Application dates for the fall 2018 PTA class will open January 29, 2018 and close March 22, 2018.*

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

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

ICPTAE Application Fall 2017

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:

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