Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy - AA

The Associate in Arts (AA), 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.


Major Code: 
Associate in Arts, Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • 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. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, BIO181, BIO201, BIO202, CHM151, CHM151LL, MAT206, PHY111, PSY101, PSY230, [MA])
  • Integrate psychological and societal knowledge to promote health and wellness in self and others. (EXS101,EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, HES100, HES210, PSY101, [HU])
  • Locate and critically evaluate relevant scholarly literature. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS290, ENG102, CRE101)
  • Use relevant scholarly literature, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and statistical analysis to inform decision making and solve problems. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS290, BIO181, BIO201, BIO202, CHM151, CHM151LL, FON241, HES100, MAT206, PHY111, PSY230, [MA], CRE101)
  • Conduct and interpret foundational assessments of health and human movement. (EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, HES100)
  • Design, deliver and document basic movement programs. (EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, HES100)
  • Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in an articulate, respectful, empathetic and culturally competent manner for diverse audiences and contexts. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS290, HES100, HES210, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, [FYC], [HU], [MA], (COM), CRE101)
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals to achieve common goals. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS290, HES100, HES210, [FYC], [HU], (COM), CRE101)
  • Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS290, HES100, HES210, ENG102, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, [HU], [MA], (COM), CRE101)
  • Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS290, HES100, HES210, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, [FYC], [HU], [MA], (COM), CRE101)

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Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
EXS101Introduction to Exercise Science3
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS210Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness (2) OR
EXS211Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance (2) OR
EXS212Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness (2)2
EXS214Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises (2) OR
EXS216Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning (2) OR
EXS218Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities (2)2
HES210Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness (3) OR
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition (3)3
(Recommend HES 210 for ASU)
(Recommend FON 241 for NAU)
EXS290Introduction to Evidence Based Practice3
HES100Healthful Living3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
PHY111General Physics I4
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 17-32
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by EXS290.
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 5-8
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5)5-8
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by MAT206 or PSY230 in the Required Courses Area.
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by PSY101 and HES100 in the Required Courses Area.
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by BIO181 and BIO201 in the Required Courses Area.
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Historical [H] or Global awareness [G] area.
(Recommend HES210 Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness 3)
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 62 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:
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)
BIO182General Biology (Majors) II (4)
PHY112General Physics II (4)
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1)4

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.