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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis 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.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8121
Total Credits Required
60
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  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

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

$41,920

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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 Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT15+ or
MAT187
College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus Critical course MA 3–6
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Critical course SQ 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
CHM151 General Chemistry I Critical course SQ 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory SQ 1
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 or
EXS211 or
EXS212 or
EXS213
Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance or Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
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. C, G or SG 3
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry Complete MAT182 only if MAT150 is completed.
MAT187 in required if MAT182 has been completed successfully.
MA 0–3
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
MAT206 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics CS 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice L 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 Humanities, Arts, & Design 3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4
PHY111 General Physics I SQ 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 Area Credits
MAT220 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 5
BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II SG 4
PHY112 General Physics II SQ 4
CHM152 and
CHM152LL
General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory SQ 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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 Area Credits
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
MAT15+ College Algebra/Functions Critical course MA 3–6
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry Complete MAT182 only if MAT150 is completed.
MAT182 not required if MAT187 has been successfully completed
MA 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3
PHY111 General Physics I SQ 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CHM151 General Chemistry I Critical course SQ 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory SQ 1
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Critical course SQ 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. C, G or SG 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 or
EXS211 or
EXS212 or
EXS213
Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance or Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT206 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics CS 3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design 3
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice L 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 Humanities, Arts, & Design 3

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 Area Credits
MAT220 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 5
BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II SG 4
PHY112 General Physics II SQ 4
CHM152 and
CHM152LL
General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory SQ 4
Program Area Key
Disclaimer

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

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

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=150331).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020