Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis

A.S. (TTP)

Program Information

Career Community: Healthcare
Degree Type: A.S. (TTP)
Program Location: Main Campus

What is Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis?


Physical therapy is a professional career which has many specialties.  Physical Therapists use an individual’s history and physical examination to arrive at a diagnosis and establish a management plan and, when necessary, incorporate the results of laboratory and imaging studies like X-rays, CT-scan, or MRI findings. This program prepares students for more advanced study in a pathway through which students can pursue specialties areas including sports, neurology, wound care, EMG, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, orthopedics, women’s health, and pediatrics.

What can I do with this degree?

A Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy provides the training necessary for a number of jobs. Physical Therapists practice in many settings, such as private-owned physical therapy clinics, outpatient clinics or offices, health and wellness clinics, rehabilitation hospitals facilities, skilled nursing facilities, extended care facilities, fitness centers and sports training facilities, etc. Physical therapists also practice in the non-patient care roles such as health policy, health insurance, and health care administration and as health care executives.

The physical therapy degree is to prepare the student for a graduate program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Students who are interested in earning the Physical Therapy Assistant degree A.A.S. should work with their advisor to customize an academic plan to prepare them for transfer to a school that offers that program.

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis

Program Outcomes

All students who complete a degree designated as a Tennessee Transfer Pathway will be able to do the following:

  • Communicate effectively through oral and written modes, using conventions appropriate to their audience and purpose, including critical listening, reading, and research skills.
  • Evaluate the significance of humanity’s cultural heritage and diversity and its development in a historical and/or global context through critical and analytical methodologies.
  • Connect knowledge of social and cultural institutions to issues of personal or public importance.
  • Analyze historical and contemporary issues by drawing on historical contexts.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of scientific principles and concepts.
  • Apply relevant mathematical modeling to a variety of applied or theoretical problems.

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis A.S. (TTP)

  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1110 – General Biology I (4 credits)
  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following history courses:
    • HIST 2010 – Early US History (3 credits)
    • HIST 2310 – Early World History (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1020 – English Composition II (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1120 – General Biology II (4 credits)
  • MATH 1720 – Precalculus Trigonometry (3 credits)
  • RELS 2020 – Religions of the World (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following history courses:
    • HIST 2020 – Modern US History (3 credits)
    • HIST 2320 – Modern World History (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1030 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • PHIL 1040 – Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • PSYC 2130 – Lifespan Development Psychology (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1120 – General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • MATH 1530 – Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following English courses:
    • ENGL 2120 – Modern American Literature (3 credits)
    • ENGL 2220 – Modern British Literature (3 credits)
    • ENGL 2320 – Modern World Literature (3 credits)

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