Pre-Physical Therapy, Associate in Science

This program is designed to prepare students to transfer into a four-year program in Physical Therapy. Students are strongly encouraged to review the unique admissions requirements for each transfer institution.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Accurately assess knowledge, skills, and abilities in relationship to their educational, career, and/or personal goals.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
Select at least 18 units from the following:18
Human Anatomy with Cadaver Lab
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Elementary Statistics
General Physics I
General Physics II
Human Physiology
Human Physiology Lab
General Psychology
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Additional Requirements 142
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

Contact an MPC counselor for major preparation at specific institutions.

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
MATH 16 Elementary Statistics 4
CHEM 1A General Chemistry I 5
CSU GE Area C2 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
CHEM 1B General Chemistry II 5
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3
CSU GE Area F (US-2 & US-3 Course Recommended) 3
Year 2
Public Speaking
or Small Group Communication
or Interpersonal Communication
ANAT 1 Human Anatomy with Cadaver Lab 4
PHYS 2A General Physics I 4
CSU GE Area C1 3
CSU GE Area D (PSYC 35 Recommended) 3
PHSO 1 Human Physiology 3
PHSO 2 Human Physiology Lab 2
PHYS 2B General Physics II 4
CSU GE Area C1 or C2 3
CSU GE Area D (SOCI 1 Recommended) 3
 Total Units62

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.