Physical Therapist Assistant Program: Bradford School in Columbus, OH
Bradford School - Pittsburgh, PA
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. 

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Vicki Nash, Program Director, at 614-416-6200 or by email at 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, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 614-944-4219 or email 



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.

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


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


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


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!


Bradford School graduates work in: 

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


Graduation Rate Licensure Pass Rate Employment Rate


(Completion of program within 150% of program length)



(Ultimate pass rate reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)


(For graduates who were eligible & sought employment within 1 year of graduation)

*Data reflects the 2014 & 2015 entering classes and is calculated per CAPTE standards5,6,7.  



As long as you stay enrolled full-time at Bradford School, tuition rates will be frozen and will never go up from year to year. There are a variety of financial aid programs available for those who qualify. 

Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
TUITION/ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)
Tuition Per Semester (1-4)*
Final 1/2 Semester Tuition
Application Fee
Tuition Deposit**
Confirmation Deposit**
Residence Fee Per Semester*
Residence Reservation Fee
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program)
Lab Fees Per Semester (1-4 only)
* 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.