Physical Therapist Asst.
 

Bringing Motion Back.

Physical Therapist Assistants work under the direction of a physical therapist to help patients recover from injuries, illnesses, and surgeries. You’ll use a variety of techniques and equipment to help your patient recover their mobility. Being a physical therapist assistant requires patience, empathy, and a wide knowledge of how our bodies work.  

At  Bradford School, our physical therapist assistant curriculum covers a broad base of knowledge, covering issues related to muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments, and tendons. You’ll spend the majority of your time taking classes directly related to your physical therapy career while learning in simulated clinical labs. 

We encourage you to visit us and learn why our physical therapist assistant graduates Finish First!

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; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
 
Bradford School is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On March 1, 2017 the program submitted 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 technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical 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.

Click the button below to learn more about our on-time graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information. 

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Physical Therapist Assistants help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.

 
 

HIGHLIGHTS

At Bradford School, our physical therapist assistant faculty has real-world experience, so they can teach in the classroom what it take to succeed.

Our class sizes are usually smaller, making it easier to get to know your teachers and get personal, one-on-one attention. You'll be learning in our simulated physical therapy clinic, which houses the same types of equipment you'll find on the job.

Ready to get started? Call us at 800.391.6810 or fill out our information request form. 

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; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 

Bradford School is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On March 1, 2017 the program submitted 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 technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical 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.

 

 

With Bradford's 18-month Physical Therapist Assistant program, you can learn about:

  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Kinesiology
  • Anatomy 
 

CAREERS

During your training at Bradford School, you will be exposed to a wide knowledge base and be given plenty of hands-on experience, all in a shortened time frame. 

As part of our commitment to helping you find a job after graduation, Bradford School goes a step above and prepares you with networking techniques, a professional resume, and the necessary interviewing skills so you have what you need to succeed.

Ready to get started? Call us at 800.391.6810 or fill out our information request form. 

 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; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
 
Bradford School is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On March 1, 2017 the program submitted 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 technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical 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.

 

 

 

Bradford School graduates work for: 

  • Hospitals
  • Private medical offices 
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Out-patient rehabilitation facilities 
 

CURRICULUM

Bradford School offers an 18-month associate degree program. The program has been developed so you will spend the majority of your time in classes directly related to your physical therapist assistant career. You'll also take a licensure exam prep course, where you can prepare to take your state exam. 

To read course descriptions, download the catalog for Bradford School. 

Ready to get started? Call us at 800.391.6810 or fill out our information request form. 

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; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
 
Bradford School is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On March 1, 2017 the program submitted 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 technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical 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.

 

 

 

CONCENTRATION COURSES

  • Medical Terminology & Documentation 
  • Functional Anatomy for PTA I
  • Funcational Anatomy for PTA I Lab
  • Introduction to Physical Therapy 
  • Kinesiology I Lab
  • Funcational Anatomy for PTA II
  • Introduction to Patient Care
  • Kinesiology I Theory 
  • Kinesiology II Lab
  • Introduction to Disease 
  • Kinesiology II Theory 
  • Therapeutic Interventions I 
  • Neurological Therapeutic Interventions Lab
  • Neurological Therapeutic Interventions
  • Physical Agents I
  • Clinical Preparation 
  • Clinical I 
  • Manual Therapy Techniques 
  • PTA Professional Issues 
  • Musculoskeletal Therapeutic Interventions
  • Musculoskeletal Therapeutic Interventions Lab
  • Practice Clinical Simulation 
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Fitting Therapeutic Interventions
  • Special Topics in PT Practice 
  • Clinical II
  • Licensure Exam Prep 
  • Clinical III

*Associate Degree 

 

COSTS

As long as you stay enrolled full-time at Bradford School, tuition rates will be frozen for you and will never go up from year to year.  Click here for our CAPTE Pre-accreditation Statement.

 

Associate in Specialized Technology Degree Program - Costs for students entering January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Tuition Per Semester* $7690
Admissions & Other Fees
Application Fee $50
Tuition Deposit** $50
Confirmation Deposit $50
Residence Fee Per Semester* $3520
Estimated Books & Supplies (for completing the program) $2725
Lab Fees Per Semester (Semesters 1-4 only) $290
*Program is 4.5 Semesters
**Deposits are credited toward tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date.

 

 

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Accreditation

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; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
 
Bradford School is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On March 1, 2017 the program submitted 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 technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical 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.

Plan for Non-Accreditation Status

Should CAPTE render a decision to deny candidate for accreditation, Bradford will not be permitted to enroll students into physical therapist assistant program, in which case all funds will be refunded within 30 days of decision and will be processed by check.   

Admissions

Bradford School Pittsburgh will accept up to 12 students per year into the PTA program. Information regarding prospective students can be found on our website and in the Academic Catalog.

Admission Criteria is as follows:
1. Graduate or potential graduate from a valid high school, private school or equivalent (GED).
2. Completion of Bradford School Application Form
    - Must include ALL transcripts from prior educational institutions
Admission Criteria to PTA program
1. Overall GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.0 or better from valid high school.
    Note: If a student has completed more than 24 hours of college credit the college GPA can be
    used, if under 24 hours, the high school GPA will be used.

2. Evidence of High School or College Math, Science and English

3. Signed observation form after completion of 20 hours of observation in a Physical Therapy Setting; 10 hours in inpatient setting, 10 hours in outpatient setting- Contact Program Director with questions regarding observation hours. To be completed after acceptance to Bradford School

4. Submit Admission Essay and Signed Rubric: To be completed after acceptance to Bradford School    The essay will consist of two parts, should be no more than 2 pages, double-spaced, Times New
    Roman Font, 11 point with 1 inch margins with your name on each page.

    Part 1: Review that APTA Values Based Behaviors for the PTA (accessed at
    http://www.apta.org/ValuesBasedBehaviors/); State which behavior(s) is strength for you,
    and give a brief example, describe how this will be an asset to the Bradford PTA program.

    Part 2: Describe how you have explored the role of a PTA (can use insight from observation
    hours), why do you want to pursue a career as a PTA (other than the desire to help people)?

5. Submit signed Essential Function Acknowledgment Form; To be completed after acceptance to Bradford School

6. Submission of ACT/SAT scores if taken; not a requirement for admission to the PTA program.

Admission to the Bradford School PTA program is based on a point ranking system with students ranking the highest given priority admission.

Dress Code

The PTA program has a detailed dress code that includes a uniform, no facial tattoos or piercings, no observable obscene tattoos, no artificial nails, human colored hair only, and minimal jewelry and perfume allowed. For more specifics, please talk to your admissions representative.

 Grading

All students must obtain a final grade of “C” (GPA 2.0) or better to pass all PTA technical courses.  Failure to maintain a “C” (GPA 2.0) will result in immediate withdrawal from the PTA program.  General Education courses will follow the General Education Guidelines as described in the Academic Course Catalog and the syllabus for each class.  

If a student does not earn the required minimum grade in a technical or clinical course that is a prerequisite for another course in the PTA program, the student will be required to:
 
1. Withdraw from the program.  A later start may be permitted, see policy for readmission. 

 2. Change to a like program with a later start date such that the student will be able to retake the prerequisite course and the remainder of the required courses with that program cohort. 
 

Licensure

 Upon completion of all coursework and graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy License Exam.

The costs as of December 2015 for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examinations and PA License are as follows:  PA is currently NOT a jurisprudence exam state.

 -    License Application:  $100

-    NPTE: $400 (exam price)

-    Prometric: $70 (test site charge)

Students have three (3) attempts in twelve (12) months to pass the national license exam. Individuals are allowed a lifetime maximum of six (6) attempts to successfully pass the NPTE. Two very low test scores will result in inability to test again. See the FSBPT website for further clarification at www.fsbpt.org.

Note: Graduation from Bradford School Pittsburgh DOES NOT guarantee a passing score on the national licensure examination. A passing score must be achieved to be licensed to practice as PTA.

Complaints About The PTA Program

Complaints regarding the program or program graduates should first be addressed to the PTA Program Director, Amanda Bair, at 412-391-6710 or by email at abair@bradfordpittsburgh.edu.  Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Director should be directed to the Bradford School President, Vincent Graziano, at 412-391-6710 or by email to vgraziano@bradfordpittsburgh.edu.  All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility.  Complaints regarding Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.  This commission is located at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314.

Credit Transfer From Another School

Transcripts of work completed at other accredited colleges may be submitted to the Director of Education for review. Transcripts should be submitted during the first term of a student’s program. 

Other documentation may also be required. Credits considered for transfer are evaluated by the Director of Education to determine if the course work is similar in nature, content, and level to that required at Bradford School. If the course work is comparable, transfer students may be given credit for courses completed at other accredited colleges provided the grades received for the courses were “C” or better. Courses completed at other Bradford schools will be treated the same as courses taken at Bradford School. Because programs at Bradford School are specially tailored to career preparation, course credits from other postsecondary schools may not be transferable. 

Credit is not granted for advanced placement or experiential learning. One exception is credit for military training that has been evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Bradford School may award credit based on these recommendations when the credit is for courses similar in nature, content, and level to that required at the college. 

Students seeking credit for military training should provide a transcript from the American Council on Education for evaluation. Credit will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation. 

Credit Transfer To Another School

The acceptance of credits is always at the discretion of the institution to which a student is attempting to transfer credits. 

There may be articulation agreements in place at the time the student enters that may not be in place when the student graduates or desires to attend a particular school. Because programs at Bradford School are designed specifically for career preparation, students must assume that credits for courses taken at Bradford School are not transferable to other institutions. Neither Bradford School nor any of its employees can represent that another institution will accept any courses for credit. 

A student who is interested in attempting to transfer credits to another institution should contact the Director of Education. 

Bradford School will supply the necessary documentation that may aid the student in receiving credits for the completed course work provided the student does not owe the school money, is not delinquent or in default on a student loan, or does not owe a refund on any federal or state student financial aid program.

 

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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; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
 
Bradford School is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On March 1, 2017 the program submitted 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 technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical 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.

Ready to get started? Call us at 800.391.6810 or fill out our information request form

 

 

 

As a Bradford Physical Therapist Assistant student, you will be able to:

  • Graduate and be ready to work quickly
  • Use our proactive career services department
  • Take hands-on, career driven classes
  • Learn from faculty with experience in your field
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Finish First!