Physical Therapy - Pre-Professional

Associate of Arts Degree

You can earn an associate of arts degree with a concentration in pre-professional physical therapy. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 20 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PTAS 1020 Introduction to Physical Therapy
This course is designed to assist the student in the decision making process and development of becoming a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. It introduces the student to the role of the Physical Therapist and the Physical Therapist Assistant in the practice of physical therapy. The course explores the profession of physical therapy, including the historical overview, the professional organization, culture, ethnicity, and branches of physical therapy.
1
HLTH 1060 Comprehensive Medical Terminology
This course establishes a solid foundation of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, abbreviations, medical terms and symbols. It emphasizes understanding the medical vocabulary as it applies to the anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic procedures of the human body.
3
PHYS 1130 Introductory Physics I
Study of principles and their application in mechanics, heat, and sound.
5
MATH 2170 Applied Statistics
The course is an introduction to basic probability and statistical methods that are used in a wide variety of disciplines. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions, methods of statistical inference and bivariate relationships.
3
BIOS 2250 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Introduction to the form and function of the human body. Including organization, basic chemistry, cells, tissues, skin, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and introduction special senses.
4
BIOS 2260 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Introduction to the form and function of the following human body systems: continuation of the special senses, endocrine systems, blood and cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, metabolism, urinary system, fluid electrolyte and pH balance, and reproductive systems.
4

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
ENGL 1520 Comparative Mythology
Introduces students to mythological and folkloric materials from a variety of cultural traditions, including, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, and Arthurian and Celtic. Themes within the course structure will encompass Creation myths, gods and goddesses, the Fall of Humankind, the Heroic ideal, the Afterlife, and rites of passage.
3
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, drama and memoir. By employing critical reading and thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
3

Fine Arts & Language 3 Credit Hours

recommended
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 1030 European Civilization I
Study of history that interprets and evaluates the contribution of civilizations from ancient times to 1600.
3
HIST 1040 European Civilization II
The development of European civilization since 1600, concluding with the peace settlements and national tensions that followed World War II.
3
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1060 World History II
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from 1715 to the present day.
3
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American History from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War era to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1150 College Algebra
This course is the study of relations, functions and their graphs, equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities.
3

Natural Science 4-5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CHEM 1090 General Chemistry I
This is the first course of comprehensive chemistry sequence. Topics include nomenclature, atomic structure, chemical reactions, essentials of bonding, periodic properties, Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory (VSEPR) theory, modern bonding theories, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and the chemistry of solids, liquids, and gases.
4

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will enable students to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace and society. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will also enhance the students' listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

recommended
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

ENGL 1010 required - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 7 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1090 General Zoology
Introductory survey of the morphology, anatomy, physiology, evolution, and distribution of the major animal groups.
4
BIOS 2460 Microbiology
Study of microbiology with emphasis on structure of microbial cells, their nutrition and growth, control of growth, genetics and genetic engineering, metabolic and biosynthesis activity, and host-parasite interactions. Accompanying laboratory study emphasizes microbiological techniques including microbial control and manipulation.
4
CHEM 1160 General Chemistry II for Majors
The study of interactions of substances and the effects of temperature, pressure and concentrations as it applies to solubility, reaction rate, pH, kinematics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. It is also an introduction to nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry.
5
CHEM 1100 General Chemistry II
This is the second course of a comprehensive chemistry sequence. Topics include solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base reactions, solubility, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.
4
EDUC 1710 Professional Practicum-Secondary School
Designed to acquaint the student with the classroom situation and atmosphere by participation in the teaching-learning process. Includes observation and assistance in classroom-related activities under supervision of an experienced teacher.
2
HOEC 1050 Nutrition
Study of the basic principles of nutrition in health and disease throughout the human life cycle.
3
HPER 1240 Circuit Training
A fitness class designed to give the student knowledge of physical training utilizing a prescribed exercise circuit and-or stations.
1
HPER 1245 Weight Management
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles for weight management. The course will focus on ways to improve the student's ability to lose weight and inches and maintain those losses. The importance of exercise, daily calorie goals, food guide pyramid, and food portions are topics that will be covered.
1
HPER 1270 Aerobic Fitness
An assortment of various aerobic activities designed primarily for cardiovascular health. Includes aerobic dance, aerobic circuit training, walking and jogging workouts, Tae-Bo and Pilates.
1
HPER 1325 Introduction to Yoga
An introduction to all types of yoga including: Hatha, Jnana, Karma, and Bakti with an emphasis on Raja. The student will gain physical flexibility, respiration control and control of the mind functions. Anatomy and physiology will be covered in respect to function of the nervous system as it affects all of the bodily functions. Students may register twice for this class.
1
HPER 1326 Introduction to Pilates
A study of the eight principles of Pilates including body awareness, posture, and muscle imbalances. Students may register twice for this class.
1
HPER 1520 Nutrition for Fitness and Sport
The purpose of this course is to investigate and clarify the relationship between nutrition and human performance. The focus will include a study of the following areas: nutrition, energy value of food, metabolic rates, calorimetry, body composition, aerobic and anaerobic power, physiological conditioning and nutritional requirements.
3
HPER 2200 First Aid and CPR for the Healthcare Provider
Study and application of the principles and techniques involved in the administration of first aid and basic life support for healthcare providers. This course focuses on the students who provide healthcare to patients in a wide variety of settings including in-hospital and out of hospital settings. The course deals with prevention of accidents, emergency first aid care and treatment including CPR and AED for the healthcare provider that can be given until the services of emergency personnel are available. This course meets all standards for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and the BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR and AED training courses.
3
HPER 2300 Stress Management
Course designed to combine theory with practical applications necessary to manage stress and promote wellness. Topics include but are not limited to, communicating, thinking, feeling, playing and working, self-responsibility, breathing, sensing, eating, moving, and finding meaning.
3
HPER 2400 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Survey of common athletic injuries, including prevention, evaluation, care, rehabilitation, training methods, taping methods, reconditioning, and other therapeutic modalities.
3
HPER 1510 Introduction to Physical Education
Designed for the physical education student. Orientation to physical education, history, principles, objectives, careers, and a survey of the scope of activities in the physical education curriculum.
3
HPER 2160 Team Sports
Introduction to the fundamental theory, techniques, and methods of teaching team sports.
3
HPER 2310 Community Health
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the principles of community health. Knowledge and techniques used in identifying and solving community health problems are emphasized.
3
HPER 2510 Physical Education in the Elementary School I with Practicum
Designed for the prospective elementary teacher and the physical education student. Study of the curriculum and teaching of physical education to the elementary grades in relation to the needs and characteristics of the elementary school age child at various grade levels.
3
PHYS 1140 Introductory Physics II
Introduction to electricity and magnetism, light and optics, atomic and nuclear physics.
5
PRTR 2210 Introduction to Personal Training
Introductory course designed to develop an understanding of the principals necessary for providing personal training. Topics include components of fitness, general nutrition principles including weight management, functional anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and pre-exercise screening.
4
PRTR 2410 Advanced Personal Training
Advanced course designed to apply the principles necessary for providing personal training. Topics include assessment of physical fitness, exercise programming components, flexibility assessment and programming, cardiovascular fitness programming, anaerobic training, resistance training technique, functional training concepts, creating an exercise program, working with special populations, and ethics and professionalism.
4
PSYC 2200 Lifespan Psychology
Study of human development from conception to death. Emphasizes physical, cognitive, personality, and social changes that occur throughout life. Discusses universal and individual influences on development.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

See advisor and confirm with transfer institution for recommended electives.


Note! Note to Current Students

We strongly recommend that you review your course schedule with your advisor and consult the college catalog for specific program requirements.