Physical Therapy - Pre-Professional

Associate of Arts Degree

2014-2015 academic year

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 14.5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PTAS 1010 Medical Terminology for Physical Therapist Assistants
This course introduces the basic Greek and Latin roots including pronunciation, spelling, usage, and interpretation. The emphasis of physical therapy terminology and medical abbreviations utilized in healthcare will be integrated throughout the course.
1.5
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
PHYS 2030 General Physics I
Study of principles and their application in mechanics, heat and sound. Two semesters of high school physics or equivalent required.
5
BIOS 2110 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, and nervous system. Lab exercises will use demonstration and inquiry techniques.
4
BIOS 2120 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Introduction to the form and function of the following human body systems: special sense, endocrine system, blood and cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, metabolism, urinary system, fluid, electrolyte and pH balance, reproductive systems, and immune system. Lab exercises will use demonstration and inquiry techniques.
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 psychology including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perceptions and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze works in various genres of literature and respond with essays applying research skills learned in ENGL 1010.
3
ENGL 2150 American Literature to 1865
Critical reading and evaluation of writers of prose and poetry from the colonial period to 1865. Emphasizes such writers as Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau, and Native American writing.
3

Fine and Performing Arts 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ARTS 1050 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the Late Gothic. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 1060 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
A survey of major works of art in all media from the Renaissance through Post Modernism. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
MUSC 1550 Introduction to Music
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3

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 or Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, and social issues in the development of the American nation.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

select one from list or any other higher level of college math
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1100 Foundations of Mathematics
This course is designed to give the students a survey of mathematics topics including set theory, logic, geometry and dimensional analysis, financial calculations and management graph theory, probability and statistics. Main emphasis will be the application of problem solving methods while studying topics.
3
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
MATH 1200 Algebra and Trigonometry
Study of field axioms, sets, functions, equations, inequalities, matrices and determinants, exponents, logarithms, trigonometric functions and analysis.
5

Natural Science 4 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

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

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

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 15 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 2030 Microbiology
Lecture and laboratory studies on morphology, physiology, distribution and economic importance of various microorganisms. Lab activities include sterile technique, staining, pure cultures, metabolism, identification and other basic micro lab techniques.
4
CHEM 1140 General Chemistry I
Study of general principles including atomic structure, nomenclature, reactions, and compounds.
5
HOEC 1050 Nutrition
Study of the basic principles of nutrition in health and disease throughout the human life cycle.
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
INFO 1100 Microcomputer Applications
Covers the command and functions available on microcomputers including a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a database. Basic keyboarding skills are essential.
3
INFO 1700 Introduction to Internet
This course familiarizes the student with the basic uses of the Internet including sending email, attachments, searching for information, finding software, using newsgroups, and address books. Students will gain a basic knowledge about the history of the Internet and the latest trends and uses of the Internet.
1
OFFT 2020 CPT Coding
Facilities may use CPT, Current Procedural Terminology, for coding some outpatient services. Insurers pay doctors on a fee for service basis. Procedure codes are quick abbreviations for medical services.
3
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
SOCI 2150 Issues of Unity and Diversity
This course will help students increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, commonalities and differences among people and acquire knowledge of minority group issues and challenges. The course will prepare students to more critically, actively, and effectively participate in an increasingly diverse and global society.
3
SPAN 1000 Essential Conversational Spanish
An introduction to the conversational study of the Spanish language for various professional groups.
1-2
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

Suggested Elective Courses

See advisor and confirm with transfer institution for recommended electives.


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