Program Application 2016 Plan:

Given the PTA Program’s “Withhold Accreditation” status and the fact that the Program retains its “Candidate” status, the application process for the fall 2016 class is being delayed until a final accreditation decision is reached in February.  If the decision to withhold accreditation is reversed, applications for the fall 2016 PTA class will open in March 2016 and close in mid-May.  Please check this website for dates.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are planning on applying to the PTAE Program in 2016 please take note that we will NOT accept a class during the Spring Semester of 2016.  We will instead be accepting a class in the Fall Semester of 2016. This decision has been made to establish our PTAE program on the same schedule as other programs and provide students with a May graduation.  Please plan accordingly if you are looking to apply in the 2016 calendar year.  


The Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program, Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education is comprised of four member colleges: College of Southern Idaho (CSI), College of Western Idaho (CWI), Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC), and North Idaho College (NIC).


Students complete the general education requirements at their home college and apply to the program at that campus. LCSC students enroll in the program through NIC. Classes are delivered through Interactive Video Conference (IVC) equipment.  Students attend the laboratory component of the program at their respective school. Clinical education experiences will be integrated throughout the curriculum and offer students the opportunity to practice the techniques learned and practiced each semester. Clinical education will be generally performed in the students' home region but all students must plan to travel to one or more clinical sites during the course of the program. The program is designed to be completed in two years, culminate in an A.A.S. degree, and prepare students for the State Board Examination.  


The program prepares students for employment as licensed physical therapist assistants (PTA). The PTA functions through the direction of a physical therapist (PT) to implement the PT's specific patient 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.


Accreditation - New Statement

Effective November 11, 2015 the Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education received notice of Withhold Initial Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org).

The Consortium applied for, and was granted a Request for Expedited Reconsideration. This requires the program to submit documentation related to specified citations and host an onsite visit made by a select panel of reviewers. All citations were judged to be in conditional compliance which means that the program has in place most, but not all, of the elements necessary to meet all aspects of the evaluative criteria.

During this time the program is continuing instruction and retains its Candidate for Accreditation status (see below).

The Consortium does not express or imply a guarantee that accreditation will be granted but all efforts will be made by each member institution in the Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education to remove the withhold status and gain accreditation.

(Candidate for Accreditation statement which applies to the program at this time):

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.