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Physical Therapist Assistant - PTE Program FAQs

NIC’s Program Is A “Consortium” Program. What Does That Mean?

NIC has joined with the College of Southern Idaho, the College of Western Idaho, and Lewis Clark State College to form a single PTA program. Classes will be taught through inter-video conferencing and by part-time instructors in labs on each campus. Clinical education will take place in...

Is the PTA Program A “Selective Admissions” Program?

Yes. Students must apply to the program to be considered for admission. Just like medicine, nursing, and other health care programs, there are prerequisite courses (see below), minimum grades, and other criteria that determine who gets into the program.

PTA courses cannot be taken a...

What Courses Must Be Completed Prior To Acceptance Into The PTA Consortium Program?
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)
  • English Composition
  • Math (MATH 123 or higher)
  • Medical Terminology
  • ...
In Addition to the Prerequisites, What Are Other Requirements For The Program?

Once accepted into the program, students will need to complete CPR certification and have blood tests and other related health screens. Also, expect drug screenings prior to, and during the PTA program. Drug screens are required by the program and its clinical education sites. These may be...

General Education Courses

Note: The following courses may be taken prior to acceptance into the program or may be integrated while taking the PTA courses. Please see your advisor for help in planning your educational path:


  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab)
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Where can I get more information?

CSI:        http://hshs.csi.edu/physical_therapist_assistant/                   


Am I too old to apply?

No one is too old! However, Physical Therapy Assistant work is a physically demanding profession that requires stamina.  You will be required to stand for long periods of time, sometimes without a break, you must be able to move quickly and lift objects.  You must also have good eye...

From which school is the degree granted?

Students will be granted a degree from the institution to which they have applied and received admission.  For example, students applying to CSI will receive an AAS degree from CSI.  This allows each student to pay local tuition and fees....