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Applications Fall 2021:

Application dates for the Fall 2021 ICPTAE program CLOSED May 20, 2021. Applications are no longer being accepted for the Fall 2021 semester.

This is a selective-entry program and the following numbers of students will comprise the new cohort:

  • College of Western Idaho (CWI) - 14 students
  • Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) - 6 students
  • North Idaho College (NIC) - 10 students
  • College of Southern Idaho (CSI)* – 10 students

* CSI accepts cohorts every other year and a cohort will be accepted for Fall 2021.

For additional information, please go to the PTA Student Google Site.

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PTA Consortium Program information

ICPTAE Application

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 two years.


The Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program is committed to the provision of quality, relevant, and affordable healthcare 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 in 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

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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), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite #100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; 703-706-3245,, If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 208-665-5051 or email


Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education

Program/Student Outcomes

Graduation Year: 2015 2016 2018 2019 2020
Graduation Rate: 86% 96% 96% 92% 93%
Licensure Examination Pass Rate: 94% 94% 100% 94% 85%
Year Employment Rate: 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%


Graduation Year Arrange: 2019-2020 (2 Yr. Average) 2015-2020 (5 Yr. Average)
Graduation Rate: 93% 93%
Licensure Examination Pass Rate: 89% 93%
Year Employment Rate: 100% 100%


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.

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

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