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Pre-Physical Therapy, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code: 2_CN_PREPT
Control number: 37901
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Pre-Physical Therapy certificate satisfies prerequisite coursework for most graduate-level programs in this field. The 20 unit certificate program offers students the opportunity to complete the required foundational sciences, social science, and statistics coursework. The certificate focuses on providing students who want to apply to a graduate-level Physical Therapy program certified by the American Physical Therapy Association. 

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1.  Name and identify the basic structures of the human body. 
  2. Demonstrate problem solving skills involving constant acceleration equations and Newtons Laws.
  3. Diagram the phylogenetic relationships among the major animal phyla.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
BIOL G182Zoology4
PHYS G120Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS G125Algebra Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism4
Total Units20

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general maps for students to finish all requirements for the Certificate. There may be advisories or time requirements that students may want to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology4
or BIOL G221 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
MATH G120Trigonometry3
Units7
Course Title Units
Semester 2
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
PHYS G120Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics4
Units8

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
PHYS G125Algebra Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism4
Units8
Course Title Units
Semester 4
BIOL G182Zoology4
Units4