This program is offered at the Phoenix Campus.
Welcome to the Brookline College Associate of Science Degree – Physical Therapist Assistant program (PTA). Congratulations on your decision to jump-start your career in the medical world! At Brookline, we understand that a solid foundation in medical practices can be the difference between a job and your career. Additionally, we recognize the importance of an education in general studies. Therefore, we have developed our program to incorporate both the basics of general education with the critical elements of an Associate of Science degree – Physical Therapist Assistant.
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What will you learn at Brookline?
Our PTA program is designed to provide students with a strong education in patient treatment concepts, theory and applications. Students receive hands-on, example based, principals from community leaders in the medical field. Students will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as kinesiology, therapeutic exercise, patient care, anatomy & physiology, neurologic / orthopedic rehabilitation and more. Click here to view our catalog.
Upon graduation, you will have the foundation to contribute to your employer in the areas of:
The Outlook for Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapist Assistant is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. As the need to treat injury and guide the recovery process becomes more and more important, the need for qualified and caring Physical Therapist Assistants is crucial. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts occupational growth between 2010 and 2020 at 45%! This means that the industry should be adding over 50,000 new jobs in the coming years!*
Starting your Career!
Upon completion of your externship, you will be prepared to enter the workplace with your new degree! As a graduate of the PTA program at Brookline College you will be prepared to function in entry-level positions in various physical therapy settings such as hospitals, physical therapists offices, doctor’s offices, or sports & physical fitness organizations.
Additionally, our dedicated career services department and our network in the local community will ensure that you receive every available opportunity to interview for and attain the right job to move your career forward.
In accordance with mission of Brookline College, the mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to academically and professionally prepare students to attain entry-level skills for the practice of a physical therapist assistant, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to prepare students to practice as physical therapist assistants in a multicultural society in our local community and throughout the nation.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program faculty is committed to prepare students to become as proficient in preserving each patient’s dignity as in providing the technical skills of a physical therapist assistant. The Program maintains the same high expectations of students professionally and ethically as the physical therapist assistant industry expects of its professionals. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program emphasizes the responsibility of the student for his/her own academic and professional success, with supportive faculty and staff to assist the student through the learning process. Physical Therapist Assistant Program faculty strive to provide a learning experience that incorporates current physical therapy assisting practice with instructional approaches that support a diverse student population with a variety of learning styles. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program’s educational objectives provide an atmosphere that combines didactic instruction in the theories and technical aspects of the physical therapist assistant profession with appropriate clinical education experience.
In agreement with the mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Brookline College, the goals of the program are to prepare graduates who:
1. Demonstrate the intellectual, clinical and professional skills and behaviors of an entry-level physical therapist assistant to provide current physical therapy assistant services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
2. Demonstrate the clinical decision making and responsibility to be safe, ethical, effective and competent members of a health care team.
3. Demonstrate behaviors that act in accordance with appropriate facility, state and federal statutes, and with the professional and ethical standards established by the American Physical Therapy Association.
4. Demonstrate behaviors that prioritize patient care and hold the patient’s rights, privacy, and dignity in the highest regard, with an understanding of the needs of a multicultural society.
5. Achieve an effective transition from the education program to a career as a physical therapist assistant.
In addition to the above goals, the program/faculty will:
6. Ensure that program of study is consistent with the physical therapist assistant industry standards in providing theoretical, didactic, laboratory instruction and clinical experiences.
7. Continuously review curriculum with input from clinical instructors, students, advisory board and employers to continue to provide a current and relevant program of study.
8. Remain current with the profession of physical therapist assistant through clinical practice, review of literature, continuing education, involvement with professional organizations, and input from advisory board members.
9. Provide quality sites for clinical education such that students experience a variety of clinical setting to apply skills of treatment and clinical decision making attained in the classroom/lab and attain competence as an entry-level physical therapist assistant.
Brookline College Phoenix Campus
2445 W. Dunlap Avenue, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85021-5820
Phone: (602) 242-6265
Toll Free: 1-800-793-2428
The Associate of Science – Physical Therapist Assistant Degree at Brookline 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: [email protected]; website:http://www.capteonline.org.
Associate of Science – Physical Therapist Assistant
CIP code: 51.0806
NET-SOC code: 31-2021.00
O*NET web link: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-2021.00
Median Loan Debt Title IV: N/A
Median Loan Debt Private: N/A
Median Loan Debt Institutional: N/A
Student Achievement*-Placement – 7/01/2011-6/30/2012: no graduates for this reporting period
Student Achievement*-On-Time Graduation Rate – 7/01/2011 -6/30/2012: no graduates for this reporting period
*Student Achievement Definition: ACICS placement rates are calculated as follows: (Students Placed in Field + Students Placed in Related Field) / (Graduates – Students Unavailable for Work) between 7/01/2011 – 6/30/12 (placements permitted up to November 1st 2012). On-time graduate rates are defined as the percent of students who enrolled in a program that completed within 100% of the scheduled program length during the most recent award year of 7/01/2011 – 6/30/2012.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) requires disclosure of program outcomes; different than the requirements of the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and School (ACICS). The difference is due to the reporting cycle. The data presented below are based on the 2011 cohort start and end date.
On time graduation rate- 46.15% (6/13)
Licensure pass rates- First time pass rate 33.33% (2/6)
First time pass rate is reported; ultimate pass rates are not available at this time, as the 2011 cohort of students have not retaken the examination.
(First time pass rate represents the percentage of students who pass the examination on the first attempt. Ultimate pass rate represents the percentage of students who pass the exam, regardless of the number of attempts required to pass.)
Students are able to take the examination up to three times in a year, and therefore students have the opportunity to take the examination up to and including the October 9, 2013 test date.
Employment rate- (% of graduates who were employed as PTAs within six months of passing the licensure examination) – 100% (2/2)
The Commission defines employment rate as the percent of graduates employed within six months of passing the licensure examination.