Specific admission requirements for physical therapy schools in the U.S. and Canada can be found in materials in the Dimensions Resource Center.

If you dream of attending a specific school, please visit their website to learn what courses they require for admission, then build your course schedule around that.


BIO 141 (Foundations:  Cellular Biology)  BIO142 (Foundations:  Organismal Biology)

BIO 329 (Anatomy & Physiology I)*

BIO 330 (Anatomy & Physiology II)*

BIO 326 (Microbiology)

BIO 205 (Cellular & Molecular Biology)**


CHE 121 and 122 (Chemical Principles I and II)                  OR              CHE 161 - Accelerated General

CHE 225 - Organic Chemistry I

Economics & Business

ECB 102 (Microeconomics)


INT 201 (Statistical Methods I)


MAT 119- 120 - Calculus of a Single Variable Part 1 & 2
MAT 121- 122 - Calculus of a Single and Several Variables


PHY 141, PHY 142, and PHY 263 (Introductory Physics I, Introductory Physics II, Laboratory Physics) OR PHY 111, 112 and 114 (General Physics I, General Physics II, Laboratory Physics)

*Anatomy and Physiology is a two-course series at Cornell.  It has several prerequisite courses: BIO 205  (Cell and Molecular Biology) or BIO 141 (Foundations: Cellular Biology) and BIO 142 (Foundations:  Organismal Biology) AND the permission of the instructor.

**Cellular & Molecular Biology is a prerequisite to Microbiology at Cornell, but is not specifically required for Pharmacy programs.

A significant number of pharmacy programs require some portion of the following courses: anatomy and physiology, physics, biochemistry, microeconomics, public speaking or interpersonal communications, and specific social science and humanities courses. You should research the requirements for all the schools you wish to attend and attempt to incorporate as many of those requirements as possible into your course schedule.

Most pharmacy programs do not require a bachelor’s degree as an admissions requirement. However, some do require the degree be either completed before beginning into the PharmD program, or be completed by a specified date after beginning the program.  In addition, most students complete three or more years of college before entering a pharmacy program. Some pharmacy schools give preference to students who have earned a bachelor's degree.

Some form of pharmacy experience before you apply to a pharmacy program is desirable. Volunteer or paid positions (Pharmacy Technicians or Aides) and job shadowing are ways to get this valuable experience. Start looking for such opportunities early into your "pre-pharmacy" path.  The Dimensions loan library includes books that can be used to study for the Pharmacy Technician national certification exam.