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Physical Therapist Assistant

Applications for the fall 2016 PTA class opens March 28, 2016 and closes June 2, 2016.  Do not attempt to apply after the closing date.  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; LCSC – 6 students; NIC – 10 students. Apply Now!

The College of Southern Idaho (CSI) is a member of the ICPTAE, however, CSI will not be accepting a new class of students in the fall 2016.

Please remember to attend one of the bimonthly Healthcare Information Sessions for more information about all of our CWI health programs!

PTA Consortium Program information


The Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education prepares students for employment as a physical therapist assistant (PTA). The PTA works together with the physical therapist to implement the plan of care to aid patients and clients return to maximal function. Students are instructed in principles and procedures of the PTA which include therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and neurological interventions. Students will learn basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and neurology. Clinical Experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum to offer students the opportunity to practice the techniques they have learned each semester. The program is designed to be completed in 2 years.


The Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program is committed to the provision of quality, relevant, and affordable health care education specific to the field of physical therapy and the role and scope of the physical therapist assistant. The consortium program serves its constituent communities through the emphasis of care that is supervised and directed by the physical therapist and reflects the utmost in sensitivity, advocacy, knowledge, and skill.

Why This Program

Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national physical therapy exam and become licensed to practice.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • 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

Additional Opportunities

Who Is A Physical Therapist Assistant?

A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a health care provider who works under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT). They do hands -on care for people who need to recover from injuries to the bones and joints, brain and nerves, problems with pain, developmental complications, and other movement problems. Their main purpose is to assist people with reaching their maximum level of health and function. They help people to recover their ability to walk, to heal from wounds, and to learn to work and live with the effects of injuries and other health problems.

Physical therapists are responsible for evaluating and treating people who need physical therapy care. They identify problems that physical therapy can address, create goals, and decide what treatment the person will receive. PTs supervise all care given by the PTA. 

Interested in the PTA Consortium Program?

PTA Consortium Program information

Be sure to checkout our FAQs Here are a few other questions and answers:

The Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education abides by each member college’s practice of non-discrimination and therefore will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.

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; 703-706-3245, [email protected], http://www.capteonline.org. The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/

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.

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associates of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant



Delivery Formats:

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Registration Open April 11 April 11 November 14
Financial Aid Priority Date May 16 July 11 December 5
Admission Deadline May 20 August 5 December 30
Last Day to Register June 3 August 19 January 13
Tuition and Fees Due June 3 August 19 January 13
Classes Begin June 6* August 22* January 17*
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Understanding of the function of the human body
  • Compassion, empathy, and a desire to serve others
  • Physical stamina and dexterity


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What are the prerequisites to the program?

  • Anatomy and Physiology 1 (must have been completed within the last 7 years)
  • Medical Terminology
  • English Composition
  • Mathematics 123 or higher

For more information, please call 208.562.3000 or visit a CWI One Stop at a Campus nearest you.

How do I apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program?

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Graduation is from a physical therapist [assistant] education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; [email protected] is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective November 6, 2013, the Idaho Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

A career as a physical therapist assistant can be one of the most rewarding career options a person can pursue. It should be of little surprise as to why this career has one of the highest rates of satisfaction. When people are severely injured they must undergo therapy to allow their damaged muscles and joints to heal properly. For people interested in helping others and providing direct care this may be one of the best career paths to pursue.



  • Acute Care Hospital Setting
  • Rehabilitation Center
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Out Patient Clinics/Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Facilities/School Settings
  • Aquatics
  • Home Health Agency
  • Travelling Therapy Companies


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