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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 1 semester with lab* CH 125 *must take placement test, check with school to see if two semesters of chemistry are required.
General Biology 2 semesters with lab

BI 105

BI 106

Microbiology 1 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 2 semesters with lab*

PY 207

PY 208

Anatomy & Physiology 2 semesters with lab

EX 126

EX 127

Intro to Psychology 1 semester

PY 101

Abnormal, child development or adult development 1 semester PS 207  Check individual schools-this requirement can vary quite a bit
Statistics 1 semester

MS 104


Always check for specific course requirements for each school you are going to apply to- this is only a guide!


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 College students to complete requirements of the baccalaureate program at Skidmore College and enroll in the Sage DPT Program offered by Sage Graduate School post-graduation.  To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

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 & 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 that is offered hundreds of time 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.