Associate in Science (Transfer)
With physical therapy, you can help patients restore their quality of life following an illness or injury. You may also conduct research, educate patients, and help prevent disease. ICC’s pre-physical therapy program prepares you for professional school with experienced instructors, affordable tuition, and small class sizes.
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Learn the fundamental principles of biology from expert instructors. Build the practical skills needed for success in the lab, gain experience conducting research, and working in teams. This program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university after graduation. There, you can explore pre-professional fields and continue into a school of physical therapy.
Our state-of-the-art health teaching facilities mean you’ll have the best preparation for your advanced education.
Network with fellow students from across ICC’s health programs in the Pre-Health Club.
Physical therapists work in many possible settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, private offices, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.
If full time
4 semesters if full-time
15-16 credits per semester
What if I attend part-time?
Our program can be completed at your pace; just plan for a longer time-to-degree.
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Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Our STEM programs qualify for financial aid. That might include scholarships, grants and loans. Learn more about financial assistance at ICC.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
Students per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
Will I be ready to transfer?
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
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Silas came to ICC after being homeschooled his entire life. He knew he wanted to go to college and pursue his education while being financially responsible and staying close to home to continue his hobbies, clubs, and volunteer work. I enjoy the small classes and direct interactions with professors which helps me stay focused and succeed in my classes. Silas…
First-Generation Student Success
Being a first-generation student can make going to college even more challenging. Not knowing where to start or what path you may take can seem daunting to many students. For Bailey, she found that this allowed her to take her academic journey into her own hands. Taking a few years off after high school, Bailey knew that ICC was the…
Notable Alumni: Michael Brown, Executive Director, Ecology Action Center
ICC Class of 1992 (Liberal Arts) Transferred to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale – Bachelors in Biological Sciences Also completed at ICC: 21st Century Leadership Series in 2001 and a Geospatial Technologies Certificate in 2008. Executive Director, Ecology Action Center Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. After graduating from SIUC, I worked at…
Our students find themselves well prepared for transfer, often: performing as well or better than the students who started as freshman in their four-year transfer school.Jen Fenner, Professor, Biology
How Do I Get Into the Pre-Physical Therapy Program?
Through our pre-health programs, you’ll gain a robust understanding of the foundational principles of biology, skills in operating successfully in the biology laboratory, and experiences with conducting biological research, writing scientific manuscripts, and working with teams.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.