Are Observation Or Work Hours Required For Admission?

Yes. 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

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Is The Consortium Program Accredited?

Yes. Effective November 11, 2015 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...

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...

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...

What Is The Demand For PTAs? What Will I Earn When I’m Done?

As with all professions, health care worker demand goes up and down. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states, however that the PTA profession is to, “…increase much faster than average…” and that job prospects are, “…very good.” The median wage...

Where Does A PTA Work?

PTAs usually work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, schools, home health – actually, anywhere that physical therapists work. They only work with physical therapists – this is exclusive and required by professional ethics, codes of...

What Degree Will I Earn?

Once the PTA program is accredited, students will earn the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. The degree will allow graduates to sit for the state board examination and become licensed to practice.

Is There Licensure For PTAs In Idaho?

Yes. In order to receive a license to practice, an individual must graduate from an accredited PTA program and pass the State license examination.

The PTA Program Is A “Consortium” Program. What Does That Mean?

The College of Southern Idaho (CSI), the College of Western Idaho(CWI), Lewis Clark State College (LCSC), and North Idaho College (NIC) have come together to form a single PTA program offered at all campuses – the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Idaho Consortium for Physical...

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?

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) – must have been taken within the past 7 years but exceptions can be made for students who can demonstrate relevant additional course work or work experience. See the program applications form for more information.
  • English
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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: It is recommended that you complete these co-requisite courses prior to entering the...

Where can I get more information?

College of Southern Idaho CSI: Physical Therapist Assistant Program                 

College of Western Idaho...

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