Program Applications 2019:

Application dates for the fall 2019 ICPTAE program will open January 28, 2019 and close March 28, 2019.  Do not attempt to apply before or after that time frame.  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; CSI - 10 students; LCSC - 6 students; NIC - 10 students.

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

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 Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education'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.

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