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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate's Degree

From relieving pain to improving mobility, physical therapist assistants play an important role in helping patients in need of both physical rehabilitation and compassion. Their skills are depended on by those recovering from surgery or injury, as well as by an aging population. National employment for physical therapist assistants is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations.*

The physical therapist assistant associate's degree program at Brightwood College could train you to work under the supervision of a physical therapist and help patients maintain their health and physical comfort. Our program includes instruction in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Features

The physical therapist assistant associate’s degree program is designed to prepare you to assist with the direct care of patients recovering from illness, injury, or surgery. Coursework includes the following:

  • Observing patients and reporting to a physical therapist
  • Assisting patients with specific exercises
  • Using different techniques and equipment to help patients
  • Educating patients and their family members about treatment
  • Preparing eligible students to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for physical therapist assistants (PTAs)

Real-World Clinical Experience

Prior to graduation from Brightwood College, you will be required to complete clinical rotations at an approved facility.† This opportunity offers interaction with professionals in the physical therapist field and hands-on experience to help prepare you to pursue entry-level employment after graduation.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Brightwood College in Dallas, TX 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:

Potential Physical Therapist Assistant Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Brightwood College, you may seek future entry-level positions as a physical therapist assistant with employers such as the following:

  • Acute-care hospitals
  • Outpatient practices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes

Handbooks and Policies

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Brightwood College, Dallas campus, takes seriously any inquiry from the public regarding the rights and privileges of persons associated with any program offered by the College. Please refer to the Complaint Policy on the Dallas Campus Accreditation page for more information.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides, (accessed March 2016). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

Placement at clinical sites may require passing a background check, medical examination, and other screening procedures.

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