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Does the library offer classes?

Library staff offer in-person instruction sessions and tours upon request for any course at any CWI location. Courses not able to host a librarian in person or preferring online instruction may request an online webinar session or targeted instruction video for students. In addition the Library offers focused web-based research guides for any course or program at the College.

Faculty wishing to set up instruction for their course should fill out our online library instruction session request form.

How big is the library's collection?

CWI Library’s collection encompasses ~11,000 books and DVDs, access to ~80,000 ebooks and nearly 50 online databases that cover a wide variety of subjects and media types, and full-text access to approximately 12,000 periodicals. View our full list of available databases.

How can I get a professional job in the library?

You can view current job postings by visiting the CWI website's Job Openings page. To apply, create a login, select a job, and then submit an online application.

Physical Therapist Assistant - PTE Program

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 sight (corrective lenses are fine), and good hearing.

Are Observation Or Work Hours Required For Admission?

There is a requirement for observation of physical therapy or work experience in and/or around physical therapy. Students who have never been exposed to physical therapy patient care must arrange for 16 hours of observation in a physical therapy care setting. The consortium colleges do not arrange this; it is the responsibility of the student. Students who have worked as a physical therapy aide, CNA, etc., or have been a physical therapy patient may have this requirement reduced or waived. Proof of observation or work hours is required.


Can I obtain extra points on the application if I turn it in early?

Turning in your application in before the deadline does not account for extra points.

Can I still work while in the program?

Students have found it difficult to hold a full-time (32-40 hour/wk) position and attend the program.  For maximum performance in the program, we suggest no more than 15-20 hours per week.

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.

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)
  • Communication (COMM 101)
  • Psychology 101, or 205, or 211
How do credits transfer from TVCC on a quarter system?

If you transfer credit from an institution that operates on a quarter credit system, your credit hours will be converted to semester credits. For example, a three-credit course on the quarter system will transfer as two credits to a semester system. If a course has been evaluated as equivalent, you will not need to repeat it to make up deficiencies in credit. You will, however, be responsible for earning the minimum total hours required for graduation.

How Does PTA Education Differ From PT Education?

It is important to understand that achieving a physical therapist assistant A.A.S. degree does not prepare students to become physical therapists. These are two separate careers and the degree requirements are not the same.

The physical therapist degree is now rapidly becoming a Doctorate. Most schools in the U.S. have made the change, or are in the process of changing to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree or its equivalent. Colleges and universities that offer physical therapist degrees are the best sources for more information. A listing of schools that offer the DPT degree can be found at www.apta.org.

How long does the Physical Therapist Assistant Program take to complete?

The program is a two-year program.  There will be four semesters of coursework and two summer semesters of clinical affiliation.  Each summer will have approximately one month of time where there isn’t any school or clinical commitments.

How many students are accepted yearly to each program?

The Physical Therapist Assistance Program accepts 14 students per year.

If I CLEP out of a class, how does that effect my points when applying?

A CLEP score indicates you have mastered the minimal knowledge required for a passing grade in that course.  It is evaluated as a C.

If I have a few “C”s in my pre and co requisites will that negatively affect my chances of acceptance? Should I retake those classes for a higher grade?

You will be given points for GPA, the higher your GPA, the more points you will receive. Also, you will receive more points for A’s in pre-requisites than B’s of C’s. See application procedure.