Associate in Science

The program has probationary accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax, Alexandria, VA., 1-800-999-APTA) and approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California. Graduates are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a physical therapist assistant.

A grade of "C" or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in the program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted. The program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies.

Eligibility for enrollment in this program is determined by a special admission procedure. Interested persons should call the Special Programs Admissions Clerk in the Admissions Office, 619-388-2684.

Directed Clinical Practice Requirement

Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete DCP, clinically-based courses held in health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting and drug screening, as a condition of placement at the clinic.

Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the health care facility, may prevent placement in DCP courses and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program.

Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility's standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause of removal from the program.

Units Courses
  Program Prerequisites:
4 BIOL 160 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy AND
BIOL 235 Human Physiology
3 ENGL 101 Reading and Composition
5 MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra and Geometry
  Courses Required for the Major:
2 PHYR 050 Physical Therapy Introduction
3 PHYR 054 Introduction To Human Movement
2 PHYR 056 Physical Therapy Techniques I
2 PHYR 056L Physical Therapy Techniques I-Lab
3 PHYR 062 Introduction to Pathology
2 PHYR 063 Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise
2 PHYR 066 Physical Therapy Techniques II
2 PHYR 066L Physical Therapy Techniques II-Lab
2 PHYR 077 Orthopedic Exercise and Rehabilitation
2 PHYR 077L Orthopedic Exercise and Rehabilitation-Lab
1.5 PHYR 078 Topics in Neurology and Rehabilitation
1 PHYR 078L Topics in Neurology and Rehabilitation-Lab
2 PHYR 081 Organization of Physical Therapy
2 PHYR 070 Directed Clinical Practice
5 PHYR 080 Directed Clinical Practice
33.5 = Total Units
and electives as needed to meet minimum 60 units required for the degree.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See the San Diego Mesa College catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Please Note: This information is for informal use only! This is a converted electronic copy of the official printed college catalog. Every effort has been made to ensure this information is up to date and accurate, but the college catalog is the authoritative source.