Associate in Arts Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy

Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy
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The Associate in Arts (AA) in Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in Exercise Science/Kinesiology and are preparing for graduate programs in physical therapy and/or other health fields. With a bachelor degree, students may pursue a career as a fitness director or an exercise physiologist. With a graduate degree, students may pursue careers in a number of fields, including but not limited to physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, sports medicine and physician assistant. 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
63–79
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Kinesiology
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science Exercise Science

What You’ll Learn

1. Explain health and human movement using a fundamental understanding of human anatomy and physiology and the relevant scientific concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. 

2. Integrate psychological and societal knowledge to promote health and wellness in self and others. 

3. Locate and critically evaluate relevant scholarly literature. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

4. Use relevant scholarly literature, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and statistical analysis to inform decision making and solve problems. 

5. Conduct and interpret foundational assessments of health and human movement. 

6. Design, deliver and document basic movement programs.

7. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in an articulate, respectful, empathetic and culturally competent manner for diverse audiences and contexts. 

8. Collaborate with diverse individuals to achieve common goals. 

9. Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions. 

10. Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals. 

 

Career Opportunities

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Athletic Trainers $45,260
Exercise Physiologists $50,610
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors $40,870
Occupational Therapists $87,790
Physical Therapists $85,550
Physician Assistants $98,030
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • This course sequence is still pending final approval
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-23
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Course carries SB Value 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions Course carries MA Value 3–5
PSY101 or
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication PSY101, COM100, COM110 or COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 carries L Value
3
RDG1XX Any RDG 100 level Successful College Reading Course Student may test out of the RDG Successful College Reading Course 0–3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
17-20
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Course carries SQ Value 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230 or
PSY101
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication or Introduction to Psychology PSY101, COM100, COM110 or COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 carries L Value.
3
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) Course carries SQ Value 4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Course carries L Value 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-20
EXS210 or
EXS211 or
EXS212
Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance or Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2–4
HES210 or
FON241
Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness or Principles of Human Nutrition Complete HES210 if transferring to ASU, complete FON241 if transferring to NAU. HES210 carries C, G Values.
FON241 carries SG Value.
3
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry MAT182 maybe completed if MAT150 completed.
Course carries MA Value
0–3
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Course carries SG Value 4
MAT206 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics Course carries CS Value 3
HU or (HU & Awareness Area) Complete any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course if transferring to ASU or any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course that meets an awareness area if transferring to NAU 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Course carries L Value 3
EXS214 or
EXS216 or
EXS218
Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises or Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning or Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2
HU or (HU & Awareness Area) Complete any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course if transferring to ASU or any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course that meets an awareness area if transferring to NAU 3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Course carries SG Value 4
PHY111 General Physics I Course carries SQ Value 4

Program Electives

Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor. 

For students intending to apply to graduate programs in physical therapy, the following lower division courses are also recommended: 
A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
MAT220 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Course carries MA Value 5
BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II Course carries SG Value 4
PHY112 General Physics II Course carries SQ Value 4
CHM152 General Chemistry II Course carries SQ Value 3
CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory Course carries SQ Value 1
(CHM230 and
CHM230LL)
or
(CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
(Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) CHM230 and 230LL are recommended if transferring to NAU.
Course carries SQ Value and Course carries SQ Value or CHM235 and 235LL are recommended if transferring to NAU
4

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.