2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Pre-Physical Therapy, A.S.

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Program and Career Description

The Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to enter professional schools of physical therapy. Students may need to take additional classes at a university prior to being accepted into a professional school. Below are a few examples of career and salary estimates.

Career Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Physical Therapist $66,360 $85,420 $98,120

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job descriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Natural Sciences Requirement

Mathematics Requirement

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Must take: PSYC 1030  - Introduction to Psychology Credit(s): 3

Major Required Courses

Choose two of the following three sequences, but the BIOL and CHEM sequence is highly recommended

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Pre-Physical Therapy, A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours 61**

Students requiring MATH 1000  and MATH 1710  should take these courses prior to beginning the following pathway to ensure timely completion.

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 14

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 17

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 17


*Math prerequisites will have to be met prior to taking this course.

**Additional hours of coursework may be required prior to acceptance in to a professional school. Please check with the institution you wish to transfer to for any prerequisites.

For more information contact:
Karen Kendall-Fite at
kendall-fite@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2696
Science, Technology and Math Division office at 931.540.2710

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC- PRE-PHY-02-14-18

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