The majority of Hamilton students interested in Physical Therapy will take the prerequisites to apply for a 3-year program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
The prerequisite classes vary from school to school, so prospective applicants should check this Course Prerequisite Summary chart for all DPT programs. However, for general planning purposes many programs require:

General Biology (2 semesters)

  • Bio 100 (several options, some offered in fall, others in spring) and a 200-level biology course (some offered in fall, denoted with an "F" after the course number, others in spring, denoted with an "S"). 

Note: Given that many DPT programs also require anatomy, a different 200-level (or higher) biology lab course should be taken to fulfill the two-semester general biology requirement. Options may include: Bio 213S Marine Biology, Bio 222S Survey of Human Anatomy, Bio 228F Invertebrate Biology, Bio 237F Ecology, Bio 239W Plant Diversity, and Bio 248S Genes and Genomes. Note that Bio 270S Biological Chemistry should not be taken to fulfill the general biology requirement if taken to fulfill the general chemistry requirement (see below). To confirm whether a course will count toward a given school's general biology requirement, call or email the school in advance of taking the course.

Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters)

  • Human Anatomy (Bio 222S) and
  • Vertebrate Physiology (Bio 331F)

Note: At Hamilton, Anatomy is taught separately from Physiology. Be sure to confirm that the above courses will fulfill the requirement for human anatomy and physiology at the schools to which you plan to apply.

Chemistry (2 semesters)

  • Principles of Chemistry (Chem 120F); and
  • Inorganic Chemistry and Materials (Chem 265S) or Biological Chemistry (Chem 270S) - to complete the general chemistry requirement

Note: Chem 120 is offered only in the fall; chem 265 & 270 are offered only in the spring.

Physics (2 semesters)

Physics courses are sequential at Hamilton and there are various paths you can take to complete the physics requirement, depending on your mathematical preparation/comfort level. Options include:

  • Survey of Physics I (Phys 100F, algebra-based) + Physics II (Phys 105S)
  • Physics I (Phys 200F, calculus-based) + Physics II (Phys 205S)*
  • The Mechanical Universe (Phys 190F, for first-years planning to major/minor in physics) + Waves and Fields (Phys 195S)

*Math 116 (Calculus II) or equivalent is a prerequisite for Phys200F but NOT for Phys 205S

Students with a 5 on AP Mechanics C should start with a more advanced physics course in consultation with the physics chair.

Psychology (1-2 semesters)

  • Introductory Psychology (Psych 101F/S)
  • Any course in the psychology department

Note: Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology (Psych 201) is a prerequisite for most upper-level psychology courses. Exceptions are: Fundamentals of Human Neuroscience (PSYCH 204), Fundamentals of Neurobiology (PSYCH 205F), and Counseling Psychology (PSYCH 254S)

Also, courses in other social/behavioral sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology) may fulfill schools’ requirement for social/behavioral science.

Statistics (1 semester)

  • Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology (Psych 201) or
  • Statistical Analysis of Data (Math 152 F, S)

Note: If you wish to take upper-level psychology courses other than those listed above, it is in your best interest to take Psych 201 as your statistics requirement.

English/composition (1-2 semesters)

Any writing intensive course in the Literature and Creative Writing department will meet the requirement of schools that require or recommend one semester of English. Writing-intensive courses in other departments such as sociology, anthropology, women's studies, or economics may suffice. Students should check individual schools' requirements and/or contact admission offices directly to inquire. Note: 100-level courses are open only to first-year students and upper-level courses that don’t require prerequisites are limited.

Exercise Physiology

(Not offered at Hamilton)

Medical Terminology

(Not offered at Hamilton)


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