Physical Therapy

Nature of the Work

Physical therapists improve the mobility, relieve the pain, and prevent or limit the permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Their patients include accident victims and disabled individuals with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, nerve injuries, burns, amputations, head injuries, fractures, low back pain, arthritis, and heart disease.


All states require physical therapists to pass a license exam after graduating from an accredited physical therapy program. The program at GCC is designed to provide students with the general education requirements for the first year, which are designed to transfer to a university system. Competition for entry to physical therapy programs is keen, so interested students should attain superior grades in high school and college, especially in science courses. Most education programs also require experience as a volunteer in the physical therapy department of a hospital or clinic for admission.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy -2 years: 

Prefix First Year Courses Credits
COL 101 College & Transfer Readiness 1
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
CHM 101 General, Organic, and Biochemistry I or 4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I or 4
General Chemistry I 5
CHM 102 General, Organic, and Biochemistry II or  4
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II or 4
General Chemistry II 5
BIO 101 Principles of Biology 4
BIO 102 Biological Diversity 4
PSY 101 General Psychology 4
MTH 110 College Algebra 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3


Second Year Courses

BIO 250 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MTH 211 Introduction to Statistics 4
PHY 201  Elements or  4
PHY 251 General Physics I 5
PHY 202 Elements or  4
PHY 252 General Physics II 5
PSY 210 Lifespan Development or  3
PSY 295 Abnormal Psychology 4
Humanities Electives 6
Total Credits:  63-68

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