Dec 09, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Pre-Allied Health Science (Physical Therapy/Physician Assistant), A.A. (General Transfer)

Academic Program Code: 500

The Allied Health Science (Physical Therapy/Physician Assistant) Pre-Major program is for motivated students who have an interest in health care and wish to seek a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Science and then continue their studies in a graduate level physical therapy (PT) or physician assistant (PA) program.  Physical therapists and physician assistants are highly educated professionals who work in teams with physicians and other health care workers to treat patients.  By declaring this pre-major, students are on track to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and transfer to a 4-year institution to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Science. This program is not intended for students who are seeking to be prepared for work at the Bachelor’s degree level.

General Transfer Notes & Michigan Transfer Agreement

The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below.  The courses commonly transfer and satisfy 4-year program requirements at 4-year institutions in Michigan. 

To ensure maximum transferability of individual courses, all course selections should be based on the degree, major, minor, or academic interest at the 4-year transfer institution students plan to attend.

Students should research and utilize all transfer resources available to maximize the number of GRCC courses that transfer and apply to their 4-year program.

Because transferability of courses varies by institution, students should contact the 4-year institution they plan to attend to obtain detailed information about transfer requirements. The 4-year institutions ultimately make the decisions about how each course will be used to meet their program requirements.

GRCC advisors and faculty are available to help students navigate transfer resources and create an individualized transfer plan, including selection of courses, which meets all GRCC and transfer institution requirements.

Graduates of this program will earn an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and may be eligible to earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) credential.

Admission requirements to 4-year institutions and 4-year programs vary. Students should review the specific admission requirements for the institution and program to which they are transferring.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework from the General Education course list. Select coursework as directed below.  Use transfer resources available to select coursework based on the transfer requirements of the bachelor’s degree program and institution to which you are transferring. 

English Composition and Communications


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas. Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Select PY 201 and one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective from a subject area other than PY.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

General Education Total Credit Hours

30 (minimum)

Program Courses

Students intending to pursue a Physician Assistant emphasis should select PH 115 , CHM 250  and CHM 251 .  Students intending to pursue a Physical Therapy emphasis should select PH 125  and PH 126 .

Total Credit Hours


In What Order Should I Take Classes?

Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II

EN 101 - English Composition I  

MA 110 - College Algebra 

General Education Course

PY 201 - General Psychology   

BI 151 - Introduction to Cells, Molecules, and Genes   


EN 102 - English Composition II   

General Education Course

CHM 120 - Survey of General Chemistry   

GH 110 - Medical Terminology I  

PH 115 - Technical Physics  


PH 125 - College Physics I  

Priority III Priority IV

General Education Course

BI 121 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 

CHM 240 - Survey of Organic Chemistry   

MA 215 - Statistics  

BI 122 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  

BI 127 - Microbiology 

CHM 250 - Biological Chemistry  


CHM 251 - Biological Chemistry Lab  


PH 126 - College Physics II    

NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult my Academic Progress for specific degree requirements.