Physical Therapy (PT) Course Requirements
Always check for specific course requirements for each school you are going to apply to—this is only a guide.
|Class||Semesters||Skidmore Course (s)||Notes|
|General chemistry||one semester with lab*||CH 125||Must take placement test; check with school to see if two semesters of chemistry are required.|
|General biology||two semesters with lab||BI 105 BI 106|
|Microbiology||one semester with lab||BI 246||
For Sage Colleges program, BI 242 or 247 could be in place of BI 246.
Must take calculus I and II to take physics at Skidmore
|General physics||two semesters with lab*||PY 207 PY 208|
|Anatomy and physiology||two semesters with lab||EX 126 EX 127|
|Intro to psychology||one semester||PY 101|
|Abnormal, child development, or adult development||one semester||PS 207||Check individual schools—this requirement can vary quite a bit.|
|Statistics||one semester||MS 104|
Skidmore College currently has an articulation agreement with Sage Graduate School for the Sage Master’s Occupational Therapy Program and the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. This articulation agreement enables Skidmore students to complete requirements of the baccalaureate program at Skidmore and, after graduation, enroll in the Sage DPT Program at Sage Graduate School. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
Earned baccalaureate degree
Minimum overall GPA of 3.25
Physical therapy prerequisites of a C or better; GPA of 3.25 in prerequisite science courses
Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a Skidmore faculty member)
Clinical observations: minimum of 40 hours clinical observation with a physical therapist
Submit an application through Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)
Complete the required coursework
Prerequisite Science Courses
EX 126 & 127 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
PY 207 & 208 General Physics I & II
CH 105 & 106 Chemical Principles I & II
BI 246 Microbiology: Diversity, Disease, and the Environment or BI 247 Cell Biology
Additional Prerequisite Courses
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
PS 207 Introduction to Child Development
PS 217 Statistics
If you are pursuing physical therapy programs outside of the articulation agreement, please research your programs of interest, as their requirements may vary.
If you are pursuing programs outside of the articulation agreement, you should consider completing the General Records Exam (GRE). This exam is a computer-adaptive test offered hundreds of times per year in a variety of locations. There is a fee-reduction program that discounts the exam by 50% for those who qualify. Please note: You must apply for fee assistance well in advance of taking the GRE, at least 30 days.