Physical Therapist Assistant
THE BYU-IDAHO PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM
Effective July 29, 2014, BYU-Idaho 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@example.com). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation. The Brigham Young University-Idaho PTA program is working toward full accreditation status which we hope to achieve in the fall of 2015.
Graduation from a PTA program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination. This examination is a requirement for licensure in all states.
BYU-Idaho offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for the occupation of Physical Therapist Assistant. AAS degrees are generally 60 to 70 credits and they have reduced general education requirements. For this reason, the AAS degree may not transfer to other colleges or universities. You may contact the Academic Discover Center if you would like to learn more about what an AAS degree is.
**Even though the faculty and administrators are committed to achieving the goal of full accreditation during Fall 2015, there is no guarantee that this will happen. It is possible that students could finish the PTA program, but be unable to sit for the national licensure exam. In the event that this happens, students who complete PTA course work will still be able to count their PTA course credits towards a variety of bachelor's degrees on campus. If necessary, advising for this option will be made available to students.**
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