Physical Therapist Assistant

Bridge Health and Well-Being with Training for an In-Demand Healthcare Career

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Program Overview

Are you passionate about helping people recover and regain their physical abilities? The Physical Therapist Assistant program at College of Western Idaho (CWI), a member of the Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education, is designed for individuals like you who wish to make a difference in the field of physical therapy. In this program, you will learn the essential skills to assist physical therapists in treating patients. You will gain knowledge in exercise, mobility, and therapeutic techniques, contributing to the rehabilitation and recovery of those in need.

This program combines academic instruction with practical clinical experiences. You will be guided by experienced professionals and get hands-on training in real healthcare settings. This comprehensive approach ensures that you are well-prepared to support patients effectively and embark on a rewarding career as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Rehabilitation Techniques: Master a range of therapeutic exercises and mobility techniques to aid patient recovery.
  • Clinical Experience: Engage in hands-on clinical practice, applying your skills in a real-world setting.
  • Patient Care: Develop the ability to provide compassionate and effective care for patients with diverse needs.
  • Anatomy & Physiology: Gain in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and the physiological basis of movement and therapy.
  • Professional Development: Build the skills and confidence required to work alongside physical therapists and healthcare teams.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Physical Therapist Assistant – Associates of Applied Science Degree




Degree Requirements

Cost: $11,004

  • Student Outcomes

    Below are the student outcomes for the Physical Therapist Assistant program at College of Western Idaho, a member of the Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education

    Year 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2-Year Average 5-Year Average
    Graduation Rate 92% 93% 93% 96% 98% 98% 95%
    Licensure Exam Pass Rate 94% 89% 91% 92% 88% 90% 91%
    Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 95% 100% 98% 99%
Physical Therapist Assistant helping a patient do exercises in clinic

Career Opportunities

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

    Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with state laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


Admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant program is competitive and requires a supplemental application process.



  • Complete each step of the application process as indicated.

Step 3

  • Submit the program application and necessary documentation by the deadline.

Fall 2025 Application Period

  • Applications open in March. 

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Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at College of Western Idaho is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
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Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 208.665.5051 or email


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