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What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy (PT) focuses on a person’s injury. Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on a person’s daily living activities.

The Associate of Science Pre-Physical Therapy degree prepares you for transfer to a university and is a Tennessee Transfer Pathways. Pre-Physical Therapy A.S. graduates are not certified or licensed.

Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) enable you to complete your degree at Motlow and then transfer to any Tennessee public university, and several Tennessee private universities, to complete your bachelor’s degree.

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In Addition to Core Curriculum, Pre-Physical Therapy Introduces

  • Biology including the detailed examination of the physical and chemical basis of life with emphasis on cell processes, reproduction and inheritance and a unit on four of the five kingdoms of living organisms

  • Chemistry and the fundamental concepts of atoms and molecules, chemical bonding, formula writing, naming compounds, classification of elements and some compounds, shapes of molecules, stoichiometry and gas laws

  • Physics with an applied study of the basic laws and principles of technical measurement and the study of temperature including heat transfer, heat gas laws and thermodynamic applications and the basic laws and principles of electrostatics, magnetism, sound, light and nuclear physics

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology including the study of the structure and functions of the human body emphasizing the cellular and tissue level of organization, and the reproductive, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory and endocrine systems

You Will Engage in the Learning Process Through

  • Critical thinking
  • In-depth research and analysis
  • Interaction with students and instructors
  • Exposure to fascinating coursework, lectures and classroom interaction

Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing home
  • Rehabilitation facility
  • Schools
  • Home health services
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