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When is the library open?

For a current schedule of library hours, view our online calendar. Regular hours are as follows:

Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays

Summer Sessions, Intersessions, & Breaks

  • Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Saturdays & Sundays

Exceptions to Regular Hours

  • The Library will be closed on any days that CWI offices are closed, including national holidays. Notices of any other variations in library hours will be posted on the library doors and on our online calendar.
Where can I study with a group?

The CWI Library does not currently have any group study rooms available; however groups are welcome in the library and in the atrium outside the library.

Who can get a library card?

The CWI Library is funded largely by student fees and is primarily for the use of CWI students, faculty, and staff.

Students: CWI students must present their CWI photo identification card to check out library materials. An alternative identification may be accepted if a student ID is not available and the student is already registered in the library’s system. Students may obtain a CWI ID at any CWI One Stop Student Services center (see One Stop locations). Students taking noncredit courses may receive a library Courtesy Card by providing evidence of enrollment.

Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff may use their CWI employee ID card as their library card to check out materials from the library.

Community Members: Community members 18 years of age and older may obtain a Courtesy Card to check out materials by presenting a government-issued ID showing an Ada or Canyon County address and one piece of official mail dated within 30 days showing the same address.

Who can use library computers?

Current CWI students have first priority on using computers in the Library. All current CWI students are assigned a username and password at the beginning of each semester which they can use to log in. Library computers may be accessed using this default login. 

Visitors at least eighteen years old, or accompanied by a parent/guardian, may use the computers by requesting a login from Library staff. When all computers are in use visitors will be asked to yield the computer to a CWI student, faculty, or staff member.

All computer resources are the property of the College of Western Idaho. All computer users must abide by rules set forth in the CWI Computer Use Policy. 

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.