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Physical Therapist Assistant



**The information posted here is intended to help the student body understand our future plans and process for delivering the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program.  PLEASE be aware that as the program develops it is very likely that policy may change, especially in the early stages of this development, so please check back often or contact us to become aware of updates**.

BYU-Idaho intends to offer 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.    

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Brigham Young University - Idaho is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE.  The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status.  Achievement of  Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional/technical training phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/technical training courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Therefore, it is VERY IMPORTANT that students understand the following... 

**Even though the faculty and administrators are committed to achieving the goal of full accreditation by the time our first class graduates, there is no guarantee that this will happen.  It is possible that students could finish physical therapist assistant program training, but be unable to sit for the national licensure exam.**

The BYU-Idaho PTA program is working towards the following milestones.  

  • It is expected that the BYUI-Idaho Physical Therapist Assistant program will achieve status as a formal "Candidate" for accreditation in the spring of 2014.  
  • The program will accept applications for the first cohort of students after this "Candidate" status has been achieved.  Even though we cannot yet accept applications for the program, you can see how the application process will unfold by clicking on the Menu item "How to Apply
  • Students who apply and are accepted to the first cohort for this program are scheduled to begin formal training in Fall Semester 2014.  
  • The BYUI-Idaho PTA program will continue to work on accreditation requirements with the goal to achieve full accreditation by the end of Fall 2015.  Assuming that all goes according to plan, students enrolled in the first cohort will be able to sit for the national licensure exam soon after graduating at the end of Fall Semester 2015.

In the event that the above milestones are not achieved as planned, students who complete PTA course work will still be able to count their PTA course credits towards a variety of bachelors degrees on campus. If necessary, advising for this option will be made available to students.

Students take a risk when they apply for this first cohort, therefore, we encourage you to think carefully about your academic plans, goals and needs.   

Any time that a change in the BYU-Idaho Accreditation status occurs, notification will be made on this web page within 30 days.