Pre-physical Therapy Path

Physical therapists (D.P.T.) work with patients who are recuperating from injuries, illness, and/or surgery to help them regain range of movement and manage pain. For more information on D.P.T., see the Physical Therapy section at this link.

Information about Oswego's cooperative program with SUNY Upstate can be found here.

Starting with your first semester of college, you are accumulating the credentials to apply to DPT programs. Applicants are expected to have:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree in any major
  • Completed prerequisite course requirements (see below)
  • Earn very good grades; overall and science GPAs should be at least a 3.3
  • Earn a good score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Obtain individual letters of recommendations, including one from a DPT that you shadowed

Course Requirements

These are the courses at SUNY Oswego that are recommended you complete to meet DPT admissions requirements (note, there is a lot variation in course requirements for DPT programs, here is a link to help you figure out the different programs although you should check directly with the program for the most up to date information):

Course Requirements SUNY Oswego Course Notes
One year of Biology Bio 120 and either Bio 340 or Bio 370
  • All courses offered every semester
  • Bio 120 is the prerequisite to Bio 340 and 370
  • If not a Biology or Zoology major, you will need permission to register from the Biological Sciences Chair
One year of General (Inorganic) Chemistry Che 111 (113 lab) and Che 212 (214 lab)
  • All courses offered every semester
One year of Physics Phy 111 and 212 or Phy 112 and 213
  • Phy 111/212 is algebra-based
  • Phy 112/213 is calculus-based
  • All courses are offered every semester
One year of Human Anatomy and Physiology Bio 305 and 306
  • Bio 305 is Fall only, Bio 306 is Spring only
One year of English Eng 102 and either Eng 203, 204, 302, or 304
  • Eng 102 offered every semester, others vary
One semester of Psychology Psy 100
  • Offered every semester
One semester of Statistics Mat 158 or Mat 179
  • Offered every semester