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Physical Therapist Assistant Program through North Idaho College at Lewis-Clark State College

Idaho Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program
Physical Therapist Assistant Program at LCSC

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The Idaho PTA Consortium Program prepares students for employment as physical therapist assistants (PTA). The PTA functions through the direction of a physical therapist (PT) to implement the PT's 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. Clinical education experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum and offer students the opportunity to practice the techniques learned and practiced each semester. The program is designed to be completed in two years.


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; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (208) 665-5051 or email jon.gardunia@nic.edu.  

Interested in the Idaho PTA Consortium Program? 


Application 2020:

Application dates for the Fall 2020 ICPTAE program CLOSED April 30, 2020.  Applications are no longer being accepted for the Fall 2020 semester.

Application 2021:

The next application cycle will run from March 29, 2021 through May 20, 2021 for the Fall 2021 cohort. 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 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.

Be sure to click on the FAQs link and most of your questions will be answered.


GRADUATION YEAR: 2015 2016 2018 2019
4-Year Graduation Rate: 86% 96% 96.20% 91.70%
4-Year Licensure Examination Pass Rate: 94.30% 95.80% 100% 93.60%
4-Year Employment Rate: 100% 100% 91.60% 93%


Here are a few other questions and answers:

What are the prerequisites to the program? 1. Anatomy and Physiology 1 2. Medical Terminology 3. English Composition 4. Mathematics 123 or higher

More questions? Contact your advisor or program faculty.

Complaints Against Idaho PTA Consortium 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 Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Consortium Program’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.

The Idaho Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium Program 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.


North Idaho College Physical Therapist Assistant Program

North Idaho College Application for Admission (2020) - CLOSED



Jacob M. Hornby. Ph.D.
Lewis-Clark State College
Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant Advising
500 8th Avenue  Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 792-2441 -- jmhornby@lcsc.edu

Jon Gardunia, DPT
Program Director/Instructor
Physical Therapist Assistant
North Idaho College
Meyer Health and Science Building Room 131
1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID  83814
(208) 665-5051 -- jon.gardunia@nic.edu