February 24, 2011 | | Leave a comment Healthcare-related fields are continuing to grow due to recent legislative reforms as well as the baby boomer generation aging and requiring care. As a result, hospitals and other medical centers in many parts of the country are requiring more professionals to take the load off of physical therapists who are already stretched thin. For instance, Brookline College recently introduced a physical therapy assistant program, which will begin in April. This profession helps physical therapists provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relives pain and prevents or eases physical disabilities. The program is designed to educate students in the concepts and practices in the field and to prepare them for entry-level positions in the industry. "Brookline College is pleased to add physical therapist assistant to the 12 current healthcare programs we offer," said Christa Jones, CEO of the school. "Our goal is to give students in the Valley a wide range of high quality programs to choose from to help them begin a new career." Enrollees can earn a degree in 75 weeks, over which time they will need to complete 560 hours of clinical training and courses in kinesiology, therapeutic exercise as well as anatomy and physiology. Some classes can be taken online, while others require face to face interaction with an instructor.