Physical Therapist Assistant – Associate of Science

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Program Summary

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  • Brookline College’s PTA program provides classroom and hands on learning of the most current concepts and practices in the physical therapy field to train future PTAs to have the knowledge and abilities to perform their role within the PT profession and under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.
  • Students receive instruction in specialized skills that will improve a patient’s mobility, minimize pain and promote wellness.
  • Brookline College – Phoenix Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • Our program is designed to prepare students to pass the National Physical Therapy Exam to obtain licensure or certification required in the state of selected practice.

  • “PTAs provide a variety of physical therapy techniques as they carry out the physical therapist’s plan of care for the patient, including therapeutic exercise, functional training, deep soft tissue massage, and physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound. PTAs may also assist the physical therapist by working with individuals to prevent loss of mobility by implementing fitness-and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.”(1)
  • 570 new Physical Therapist Assistant jobs will be added in Arizona from 2014-2024.(2)
  • 31% growth in Arizona from 2014-2024 which is much faster than the national average for all occupations.(2)

(1) American Physical Therapy Association, About Physical Therapist Assistant Careers

Employment Options

  • Acute care hospitals, rehab and subacute hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Wellness/prevention/sports fitness facilities
  • Hospice
  • Home health
  • Industrial or occupational employment facilities
  • Local, state, and federal government facilities, such as the Veteran’s Administration
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Program Spotlight

What classes will I take?

Here are just a few classes you will take during the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree program:

  • Kinesiology
  • Patient Care Skills
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation

What are typical class hours?

PTA Classes: Start at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm.

Breaks are scheduled after 50 minutes of instruction and last for 10 minutes.Current students at our Phoenix campus enjoy convenient access to our cafe, which offers a full menu of breakfast and lunch options 5 days a week.

Program Description & Outline
What Classes Will I Take?

Here are just a few of the classes you will take during the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree program:

Therapeutic Exercise
Neurologic Rehabilitation
Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Program Outline

The program’s objective is to educate students in the most current concepts and practices in the physical therapy field; to train future PTAs to have the knowledge and abilities to perform their role within the PT profession and under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist; to graduate individuals who are safe, effective, ethical and productive members of the healthcare team; and to train future PTAs to be caring, considerate and compassionate individuals who respect the rights and dignity of the multicultural community.

Brookline College prepares students in the Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program to take certification and/or licensure exams related to their program of study.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate the intellectual, clinical and professional skills and behaviors of an entry-level physical therapist assistant to provide current physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
  • Demonstrate the clinical decision making and responsibility to be safe, ethical, effective and competent members of a health care team.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Achieve an effective transition from the education program to successfully passing the NPTE to a career as a physical therapist assistant.

Residential Program Requirements:

Program Concentration – 58 Credits – 1195 Contact HoursCredit Hrs Lecture Hrs Lab Hrs Practicum
AP 101 Anatomy & Physiology 675300
PTA 100 Introduction to PTA and Ethics34500
PTA 103 Documentation & Medical Terminology34500
PTA 104 Kinesiology I330300
PTA 105 Kinesiology II330300
PTA 106 Patient Care Skills330300
PTA 107 Therapeutic Exercise330300
PTA 200 Pathology of Systems I34500
PTA 201 Pathology of Systems II34500
PTA 202 Neurologic Rehabilitation330300
PTA 203 Orthopedic Rehabilitation330300
PTA 204 Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan34500
PTA 205 Physical Agent Modalities330300
PTA 210 Physical Therapy Professional Issues23000
PTA 301 Clinical Experience I20080
PTA 302 Clinical Practice II600280
PTA 303 Clinical Practice III 600280
General Education – 15 Credits – 225 Contact HoursCredit HrsLecture HrsLab HrsPracticum
Open Science -Science/Bio/A&P34500
Open English34500
Open Math34500
Open Soc Science -Social/Behavioral Science (Psych)34500
Open Soc Science – Social/History/Political Science34500
Tuition & Fees

Your education is a big investment and Brookline College believes no investment offers more potential. A new career can transform your life, and we’re here to help you make that happen.

  • At Brookline College there are no hidden costs. Our tuition includes books, supplies and all fees.
  • Tuition: Please call or click Request Info to determine your cost.
  • Program length: 75 weeks.
Paying For School
  • More than 88% of Brookline College students use some form of financial aid(3) to help cover the cost of their education(4). That’s why we offer personalized counseling from a Student Finance Advisor to help make your college experience more affordable.
  • We have also provided The Net Price Calculator that will provide preliminary, non-binding estimates of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility based on federal methodology.

(3) Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
(4) Percentage calculated by Brookline College for the 2015-16 school year.

Admissions Process

We want to be sure your career goals are in line with your selected program of study. Our admission process will help you understand our programs and the career expectations in the field.

Five Simple Steps:

  1. Visit the campus. See what Brookline and the Physical Therapist Assistant program is all about.
  2. Complete a Visitor Information Form.
  3. Complete a financial aid interview to develop a financial plan.
  4. Complete the Enrollment Agreement with an Admissions Representative to include collecting all necessary documentation.
  5. Meet with the Director of Education, or an appropriate Department Director to discuss any unusual enrollment circumstances or accommodations needed to successfully complete the program.

Once all requirements have been completed, the Director of Admissions, Director of Education, and Campus Director reviews the application for approval. Applicants are notified of their acceptance promptly.


Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains the standards required to achieve the credentials for professional practice. It is the status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds specific criteria of educational quality as defined by the accrediting agency.

  • Institutional Accreditation: Brookline College’s Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Albuquerque campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Programmatic Accreditation: Programmatic accreditation, also known as specialized or professional accreditation, is designed for specialized departments, programs, schools, or colleges within a university or institution that has already received accreditation.

The Associate of Science – Physical Therapist Assistant Degree at Brookline College – Phoenix Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

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Program Outcomes
PTA Program Outcomes2016201720182019 2-year outcome based on (2018-2019)
Graduation Rate66.7% N/A75% 61.5%69.7%
Ultimate Pass Rate81.8% N/A91.7% 100%94%
1st Time Pass Rate63.6%N/A83.3%100%88.9%
Employment Rate100% N/A100% 100%100%
Locations that offer this program

Brookline College - Phoenix Campus

2445 W Dunlap Ave
STE 100
Phoenix, AZ 85021

(602) 242-6265

M-Th 8:00AM – 7:00PM
F 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Our Promise to You
Fixed Tuition

You will know what you’re going to pay right from the beginning and it won’t change during your education. That’s our promise to you.(5)

(5) Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
Dedicated Faculty

You’ll learn from qualified instructors who are committed to your success in the classroom. With small class sizes, you’ll interact closely with your faculty as they teach, coach and mentor you through your time of study.

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After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.(6)

(6) Brookline College cannot guarantee employment
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