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: accreditation@apta.org). 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.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

BYU-Idaho offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for the occupation of a Physical Therapist Assistant. AAS degrees are generally 60 to 70 credits and they have reduced foundations 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.    

The Brigham Young University - Idaho physical therapist assistant program hopes to be fully accredited sometime in the fall of 2015.  As a candidate for accreditation we can accept students and teach courses. We will be doing that starting in the fall of 2014.  Students are welcome to apply for the next cohort of students that will begin classes in the fall of 2015. If all goes according to plan, the students who finish the program courses in the fall of 2015 and the students who start the program in the fall of 2015 will all be able to graduate from a fully accredited program.  

**Even though the faculty and administrators are committed to achieving the goal of full accreditation by the time stated, there is No Guarantee that this will happen.  It is possible that students could finish the physical therapist assistant program training, but be unable to sit for the national licensure exam. In the event that this happened, students who complete PTA course work will still be able to count their PTA course credits towards a variety of bachelors degrees on campus. Advising for this option would be made available to students.**

If you are interested in applying for the next cohort of students starting the physical therapist assistant program in the Fall of 2015 then CLICK HERE.