Prerequisite Coursework

Our four year course plans are designed based graduate school requirements including specific biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and sociology courses. Please visit the google folder for career-specific course plans.

SMC Courses that Fulfill Graduate School Prerequisites

Physical Therapy

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab

Chem 8/9, 10/11

Biology

2 semesters of intro with lab plus additional coursework

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26

Physics

2 semesters with lab

Physics 10/10L, 11/11L

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

Psychology 

Varies by school – all suggested

Psych 140 Developmental

Psych 152 Psychopathology

Psych 160 Social

Training 

~150 hours

Clinical experience as a volunteer or aide in both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy clinics

 

Occupational Therapy

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab

Chem 8/9, 10/11

Biology

2 semesters with lab

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26

Physics

2 semesters with lab

Physics 10/10L, 11/11L

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

Psychology 

Varies by school – all suggested

Psych 140 Developmental

Psych 152 Psychopathology

Sociology

Varies by school –suggested

Sociology 2/4

 

Physician Assistant

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab

Chem 8/9, 10/11, 104/104L, 106/106L

Biology

2 semesters of intro with lab plus additional coursework

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26, 105/105L, 130/130L, 135/135L

Physics

2 semesters with lab

Physics 10/10L, 11/11L

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

Psychology 

Varies by school –suggested

Psych 110/11L Psychobiology

Medical terminology 

Varies by school –suggested

online offering at DVC or Santa Barbara City College https://catalog.sbcc.edu/course-descriptions/ah/

Training 

1-3 years

Clincal health care experience 

 

Medical & Clinical Lab Technician

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab

Chem 8/9, 10/11, 104/104L, 106/106L

Biology

2 semesters of intro with lab plus additional coursework

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26, 105/105L, 130/130L, 135/135L

Physics

2 semesters with lab

Physics 10/10L, 11/11L

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

Training 

12 months

12 months in laboratory listed by California Lab Field Services 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OSPHLD/LFS/Pages/CLS.aspx

 

Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing (Registered Nurse)

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab

Chem 8/9, 10/11

Biology

2 semesters with lab plus additional coursework

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26, 105 (105 is a prereq for 130), 130/130L

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

Psychology 

1 semester 

Psych 140 Developmental

Nutrition

1 semester

Health Sci 131

Communication

1 semester

Comm 112 

 

Masters’ in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab

Chem 8/9, 10/11

Biology

2 semesters with lab plus additional coursework

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26, 105 (105 is a prereq for 130), 130/130L 

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

Psychology 

1 semester 

Psych 140 Developmental

Nutrition

1 semester

Health Sci 131

Social Sciences 

1 semester 

Sociology 2/4 OR

Anthropology 1 

Communication

1 semester

Comm 10  

 

Nutrition

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab

Chem 8/9, 10/11, 104/104L, 106/106L

Biology

2 semesters of intro with lab plus additional coursework

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26, 105/105L

Physics

2 semesters with lab

Physics 10/10L, 11/11L

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

 

Optometry

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry

Chem 8/9, 10/11, 104/104L

Biology

2 semesters of intro with lab plus additional coursework

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26, 105/105L, 130/130L, 135/135L, 139/139L

Physics

2 semesters with lab

Physics 10/10L, 11/11L

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

Psychology 

1 semester

Psych 1

Training 

Shadowing- varies by school

50+ hours

 

Public Health

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Biology & Chemistry

Multiple 

Varies depending on program and chosen emphasis

Training

1-2 years

Community health/laboratory/health research experience

 

Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography

Course Subject

# Semesters

SMC course sequence used to fulfill requirements

Chemistry

2 semesters of general chemistry with lab

Chem 8/9, 10/11

Biology

2 semesters of intro with lab plus additional coursework

Bio 1/1L, 2/2L, 15/16, 25/26

Physics

2 semesters with lab

Physics 10/10L, 11/11L

Stats

1 semester

Math 4

Communication 

1 semester

Comm 10

Medical Terminology 

1 semester

online offering at DVC or Santa Barbara City College https://catalog.sbcc.edu/course-descriptions/ah/