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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 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:

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.