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. 

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Bradford School is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

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

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. 

Click the tabs below to learn more about our Physical Therapist Assistant program. 

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93% - Graduation Rate (Completion of program within 150% of program length)

94% - Licensure Pass Rate (Ultimate pass rate reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)

98% - Employment Rate (For graduates who were eligible & sought employment within 1 year of graduation)

Data reflects the 2013 & 2014 entering classes and is calculated per CAPTE standards. 

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At Bradford School, our physical therapist assistant faculty has real-world experience, so they can teach in the classroom what it takes 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 800.678.7981 or fill out our information request form



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

  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Manual Therapy Techniques
  • Kinesiology Theory & Lab
  • Functional Anatomy for PTA


Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 30% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations3.

As a Bradford School graduate, our career services department will help you start your physical therapist assistant career by finding the right job!

Ready to get started? Call us at 800.678.7981 or fill out our information request form.




Bradford School graduates work in: 

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


Bradford School offers an 18-month Associate of Applied Science 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 the course descriptions, download our school catalog.

Ready to get started? Call us at 800-678-7981 or fill out our information request form





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


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.

Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
TUITION/ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)
Tuition Per Semester (1-4)* $6,990
Final 1/2 Semester Tuition $2,600
Application Fee $50
Tuition Deposit** $50
Confirmation Deposit** $50
Residence Fee Per Semester* $3,160
Residence Reservation Fee $100
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program) $3,320
Lab Fees Per Semester (1-4 only) $410
*A.A.S. Degree Program is 4.5 Semesters
**Deposit is credited towards tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date.






The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Bradford School is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:  



Potential applicants may find the following information at institutional accreditation; contact information for accrediting agencies and state licensing/approval agencies; admissions policies and practices; policies on transfer of credits to and from the institution; policies and processes for withdrawal and for refunds of tuition/fees; and additional consumer information.

 Credit Transfer from Another School

Transcripts of work completed at other 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 approved 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.

 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. 

Graduation & Placement Rate

Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Graduation and placement rates are provided for students entering the program between October 2013 and September 2014. Of the 36 students available for graduation during that time, 89% of students completed their degree. The employment rate for these graduates as reported to ACCSC was 84%. More graduates may have been placed subsequently. 



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Schedule a tour so we can answer your questions and you can see what a day as a Bradford School student is like!

Ready to get started? Call us at 800.678.7981 or fill out our information request form.




As a 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!