Philippines Universities & Colleges Guide

BS in Physical Therapy in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy program (BS-PT) is designed to provide students with a strong foundation of the different activities and treatment modalities that are important in health care promotion and rehabilitation.

The program aims to produce competent professionals who are ready to work as physical therapists both locally and abroad. The program provides students with instruction and guided experience that would help them develop sensitivity to the needs of patients.

Admission requirements for Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy program in the Philippines

  • Must have the original and photocopy of the high school report card (form 138)
  • Must have recommendation from High school principal and guidance counsellor
  • Must have most recent medical and dental health record
  • Must take and pass the college entrance examination
  • Must have a copy of NSO certified birth certificate
  • Must have a certificate of good moral character
  • Must have a copy of the honourable dismissal
  • Must have a copy of the high school diploma
  • One 2”x 2” copy of latest photo

Duration of BS in Physical Therapy program in the Philippines

The BS in Physical Therapy program takes 5 years to complete.

Students undergo 10 months of rotating internship in relevant institutions such as hospitals and clinics to complete the required clinical internship program of 2,000 hours.

Subjects included in the BS in Physical Therapy program

  • Elements of Research in Physical Therapy and Proposal Writing
  • Thera Ex for Medical, Neurologic & Pediatric Condition
  • Philippine Society & Culture with Family Planning
  • Thermal Agents, Hydrotherapy, and Light
  • Thera Ex for Surgical & Joint Conditions
  • Fundamental Skills & Word Processing
  • Continuation of Introduction to Clinic
  • Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
  • General Organ & System Physiology
  • Introduction to PT and Patient Care
  • Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Electrical Stimulation & Diagnosis
  • Anatomy & Physiology in Human
  • Community-Based Rehabilitation
  • General & Inorganic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology in Rehabilitation
  • Philippine Literature in English
  • Clinical Wound Management
  • Sining ng Pakikipagtalastan
  • Medical Terminologies
  • Introduction to Clinics
  • Plane Trigonometry
  • General Psychology
  • Study and Thinking
  • Pagbasa at Pagsulat
  • General Pathology
  • General Zoology
  • Rehab Sciences
  • Skills in English
  • Basic Statistics
  • Health Care
  • Neurology

Licensure examination required in order to practice as a registered Physical Therapist in the Philippines

A graduate of BS in Physical Therapy needs to pass the Physical Therapist Licensure Examination in order to practice as a registered physical therapist in the Philippines. The examination is given by the Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Requirements for the Licensure Examination for Physical Therapists

  • Must be a holder of a degree in BS in Physical Therapy with academic credits on required subjects from a university recognized by the Philippine government.
  • Must have a copy of the Transcript of Records with Special order and date of graduation with remarks “FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY”
  • Must not have any case filed or pending for moral turpitude in any court in the Philippines that involves moral turpitude
  • Must have an original copy of community tax certificate (cedula)
  • Must have a copy of the NSO authenticated birth certificate
  • Must be of good health and sound mind
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must be at least 21 years of Age
  • Must be a Filipino Citizen

National Passing Rates of the Physical and Occupational Board Examination in the Philippines

  • 2010 – 42% (230 out of 542 examinees)
  • 2009 – 52% (335 out of 641 examinees)
  • 2008 – 48% (439 out of 909 examinees)
  • 2007 – 42% (472 out of 1,119 examinees)

Career opportunities for graduates of BS in Physical Therapy program in the Philippines

  • Private Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Physical therapist
  • Assistant Physical Therapist
  • Pediatric Physical Therapist
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Senior Physical Therapist
  • Staff Physical Therapist
  • Lead Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Academician
  • Researcher

Reviews of BS in Physical Therapy graduates:

C. D.
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila , Manila
Graduated: 2004

About my college education:
This a a tough course for me, it's more like a medical course. We used to dissect animals to human remains. It's like having a cat in our fridge. This is a course for someone that can take such activities. Also this course is not just anatomy, but also some medical practice such as first aid and applications.

My current job:
Customer service (BPO)

Am I using what I learned in college:
Not at all, I am working in a bpo company so everything that I learned never useful for my job.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
A year

Do I recommend studying BS in Physical Therapy:
It depends, because if you would want to work abroad maybe this course really fits you, but if you want to stay in the country I think they would be better option of courses, because salary wise you can only get a good salary for this position if you work abroad.
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