Pre-Physical Therapy | Cascadia College

Pre-Physical Therapy


Associate in Biology – DTA/MRP

Area of Interest:

Health & Wellness

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination web enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing, and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level.

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

Entrance requirements for pharmacy school usually include completing calculus and a statistics course. (MATH&151 Calculus I, MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics.)


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact: 

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide show Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry with Lab I 
  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry with Lab II 
  • COLL 101 College Strategies 
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I 
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II 
  • MATH& 151 Calculus I

30-60 credits

  • BIOL& 211 Majors Cellular 
  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry with Lab III 
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology  
  • PSYC& 220 Psychological Disorders 
  • Choose two Humanities Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes

60-90 credits

  • BIO& 212 Majors Animal
  • BIOL& 213 Majors Plant
  • *Humanities Distribution Requirement (Choose EDP class, View Choice Classes)
  • *Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics

*If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, and an additional EDP class (View Choice Classes).

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.


  • ART 224 Figure Drawing (performance/skills class) 
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication  
  • CMST 251 Intercultural Communication  
  • DRMA 151 Introduction to Acting  
  • ENGL& 236 Creative Writing I  
  • MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation  
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems  
  • SPAN& any level 

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


  • ANTH& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine  
  • PSYC 171 Human Relations  
  • PSYC 210 Cognitive Psychology  
  • PSYC 245 Social Psychology  
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology  
  • SOC 231 Gender and Sexuality in Society

Program Elective Credits:

  • BIOL&260 Microbiology
  • PHYS& 114 General Physics with Lab I

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Biology-Major Related Programs (MRP)/Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

At Cascadia, we offer an Associate in Biology Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Programs (MRP) that prepares you to transfer to a 4-year university.

Most Major Related Programs (MRP) help you prepare to transfer into high demand bachelor’s degree programs that require specific courses in the first two years. Business, biology, engineering, and nursing are a few examples. Each MRP is based on of the statewide transfer agreements: Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) or the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) and can reduce the time it takes to complete a specific bachelor degree pathway.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

University of Washington, Seattle 

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Center for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals. 

Career Possibilities

Potential careers in Physical Therapy all focus on treating people for their pain and to improve their strength and mobility after injury or illness. This includes teaching or guiding patients with exercises to do at home and how to use supportive devices such as crutches and walkers. These careers include Physical therapists who may work in specialized physical therapy practices, or in clinical settings like hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Physical Therapists may specialize in particular areas of Physical Therapy such as arthritic care, lower back care, or sports medicine. 

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online. O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry and more. 

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals. 

Some job opportunities may also exist in business corporations, non-profits, and Tribal Enterprises.

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