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Program Applications for fall 2017 is closed.  Please note application dates below for fall 2018.

Program Applications 2018:

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

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

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Introduction

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.

 

Statement of Accreditation Status    

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
 

Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education
Program/Student Outcomes

Graduation Year:

2015

2016

2-Year Graduation Rate:

86%

83%

2-Year Licensure Examination Pass Rate:

94.30%

91.30%

2-Year Employment Rate:

100%

100%