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T. D.
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Our Lady Of Fatima University , Valenzuela City
Graduated: 1995

Why did I choose this course:
I was encouraged to take this course, an allied science to Medicine, by my uncle who is working as a Doctor of Medicine in the U.S.A. He told me that if I take this course he would sponsor my studies and help me to work in the U.S.A. Without hesitation, I accepted his proposition and told him I would study the course of Physical Therapy. He consented. The rest of the story follows.

About my college education:
There are much to be learned in this course. The subjects dealing with Physical Therapy are so varied that it embraces the studies of the human body and it's major parts that needed to be given physical therapy.

A physical therapy is about knowing the medical condition of the patient prior to therapy and what medicines or supplemental nutrition are needed by the patients. Most of all, this requires knowing what equipments are needed for the physical therapy of any ailment or injury.

No subject is difficult if the student gives enough time to study it. By studying each subject as thoroughly as possible, the student is sure to pass the subject. This is what I did. I passed all my subjects and graduated with high grades.

Studying this course does not end upon graduation. In actual practice of physical therapy, it needs a continuing study of the new ways and equipments to provide better treatment to the patient for him to recover as fast as possible. Further studies and trainings will enable a Physical Therapist to attain excellence in his field. This will benefit his patients more.

My current job:
I now have my own clinic in Texas, U.S.A. I provide physical therapy to all my patients. I have my own PT equipments.

Am I using what I learned in college:
In my past and present job, I learned in college the values of competence, respect, understanding, and compassion for the patients.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Within a year after graduation, after I passed the Board, I was given a working visa for employment in a hospital in Texas, U.S.A.

Do I recommend studying B.S. Physical Therapy:
I am 100% recommending this course to everybody. Physical Therapy is in demand in hospitals and clinics that offer traumatic patients a post-trauma physical therapy. It is also needed in medical tourism, especially in tourist destination places that offer physical therapy.
There would be more job openings in the medical tourism for PT graduates and the income will be relatively high.
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B. C.
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Q.C. Medical Center , Quezon City
Graduated: 2000

Why did I choose this course:
The course of PT was easily employable and can be used to put up PT and spa resorts. It can earn a lot of money.

About my college education:
The course shows how a patient is rehabilitated after surgery or any vehicular accidents. It demonstrates how the patients with painful back pains, gout, and any form of arthritis can be healed or relieved.

A few subjects were not related to the major course and I did not find them enjoyable to read. But those subjects related to post trauma therapy were my favorites.
A classmate who had personal problems failed and did not graduate. But all the others passed the subjects and graduate.

My current job:
I am now working as a Call Center Agent in Makati City, Metro Manila.

Am I using what I learned in college:
My current job is totally different from my course. The only things I read and learned in my course which I can use now are those related to communication and client service.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I worked two months after passing the Board for PT.

Do I recommend studying B.S. Physical Therapy (PT):
The need for physical therapy is forever. Everybody gets sick and old and others get injured. Those rich people who follow the culture and lifestyle of having good food and good life will eat a lot of food that cause arthritis and heart attack. All of them become diabetic and arthritic, they will need a physical therapist in the future.

The graduates of this course can earn money by servicing these people in their private homes, in clinics, or in hospitals even if one did not pass the Board Exam. This means good income.

In the rich and civilized countries, like U.S.A. and Japan, the physical therapists are in demand and the pay is very good. One of my friends is in Texas and he has his own clinic. He is now a millionaire and enjoying the fruits of his work with his family.
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S. B.
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation
Graduated: 2010

About my college education:
You will need common sense (personal experiences or shared experiences like burn from a fire), interpersonal skills (dealing with people who will be assisting you or assisting the patient, colleagues), analytical skills & Math skills (deals with Physics in which this is very useful for effective muscle toning, rehabilitation, development).

My current job:
English Proficiency Trainer

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes, in some cases of emergencies that deals with anatomy (which is our specialty), I get to share simple/basic info, others like gym routines, diets, approaches on personal problems (we tackled Psychology & Psychiatry) etc.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Few days

Do I recommend studying BS Physical Therapy:
Yes, very in demand abroad (Texas for eg).
It's interesting in a way that you get to familiar yourself anatomically, you get to help others through the basic tasks like checking Vital stats, my dad has Diabetes so I get to check/monitor his blood sugar, my mom has Hypertension so I get to check her BP by sched (not only my mom by the rest of my neighborhood sometimes calls me for help).
Salary is competitive given the fact that we are almost same as physicians when it comes to learning.
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A. A.
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Saints John And Paul Colleges , Calamba City
Graduated: 2001

About my college education:
being a physical therapy student was really difficult for me, I've known all the saints and their novenas when I was still student.
It requires hardwork to achieve at least the grade of 3, especially when we were in our third year proper. I was top 9 in our battery examination, but third year proper gave me lots of heartaches (from the professors). I would say third year up to fourth year would require you to really focus in your major subjects, such as anatomy, physiology, pathology and so on. our professors were med doctors so their expectations were really high since some of my classmates were planning to enter med school after our PT course. Fifth year was really fun! all the difficulties really paid off.
The internship (meeting other students of the same course) was really a memorable one.

My current job:
Nurse specialist. I took Nursing after I graduated PT cause I couldn't find a job.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes, very much. as a mom of 2, I use it everyday. As a daughter of a rheumatoid arthritis patient, I use it. As a wife of an overweight husband, I also use it.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Hard. Since only few physical therapists are needed in the hospitals.

Do I recommend studying bachelor of science in physical therapy:
Though I really had a hard time looking for a job (that's why I took a second course) I never regret taking up BSPT. I learned so much from this course.
Opportunities here are kind of low, especially if you didn't graduate from a well known school. In the US, the salary is much much higher.
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Jacqueline Yunun
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila , Manila
Graduated: 2000

About my college education:
The course was pretty boring at the start; mainly because of 2 reasons - First, it was not me who chose Physical Therapy and second is I already had this connotation in the beginning that it would be a difficult course. However, after passing the screening exam during my second year, I felt that it was the right course for me. Everything went well that I did not fail any of my subjects during college. I can say that the most memorable, enjoyable, challenging and mind-boggling part of studying Physical Therapy is when I reached Internship. During this phase, being a subject matter on every aspect of Physical Therapy is a must. You get to test your knowledge with other Physical Therapy students from other schools, especially if your “destination” is a well-known hospital like PGH.

I don’t want to discourage other students especially those who are confuse as to which course to take. For those who are brave enough to dissect a frog, cat to a human being, those who can withstand “few” sleepless nights for exam preparation, for those who have “photographic memory” and are able to somehow finance the costly part of Internship, then, without second thoughts, this course is for you. I would strongly suggest this course especially if what you’ve been dreaming to is going for a greener pasture.


My current job:
After 2 years of not earning as a Physical Therapist, I decided to try my luck in BPO Industry. I currently work as a Quality Assurance Analyst in one of the call centers here in Clark. My job description is to review calls of agents ensuring that each and every one of them follows the legal and ethical standards and policies set forth by the company/client.
I have been working in a call center for almost 7 years now. I started as an agent and moved my way up to being part of the Quality Assurance Team. I enjoy my job because it pays me well. Aside from the grave yard schedule wherein I have to sleep in the morning and be awake at night, I don’t have regrets or rants having this occupation.

Am I using what I learned in college:
The things that I’ve learned back in college benefit me in 2 ways. First, I get to treat myself and other members of my family especially those that need Physical Therapy intervention. That alone saves me from paying 500 pesos for every session that I have to undergo when I needed a back treatment. Second is, the interpersonal skills that I’ve learned from dealing with patients. These are the same skills that I use to interact with members/clients/customers considering that I work in BPO (call center) Industry.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Since I was not able to find a clinic or hospital who would give me allowance for treating their patients, my parents finally decided to set up a clinic for me where I will be the one manning it. Working on my clinic took approximately 2 years after I graduation.

Do I recommend studying BS in Physical Therapy:
I am a registered Physical Therapist for 10 years now. I have tried manning my own clinic few months after I passed the board with the help of my parents. 2 years after, I sold every piece there is at the clinic because aside from me not earning at the end of the day, I would end up broke with nothing left to pay the bills. It was never easy being a Physical Therapist in a country where some would mistaken you as a plain “manghihilot” without taking into consideration the 5 years that you’ve studied every muscle in human’s body. Bottom line is, if there is a way for you to go abroad (I am not an advocate of this) after passing the board exam, then, welcome aboard!

Being a Physical Therapist can be both satisfying/gratifying and depressing course. If you have family members abroad or you think that there is an easy way for you to go to greener pastures, then, that is one factor that you can greatly consider. As long as we are talking about migrating and practicing abroad, Physical Therapy will be able to sustain you financially. However, if you are planning to stay here in the Philippines, I urge you to take Radtech or Medtech courses as these are more promising here in country.
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G. G.
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Emilio Aguinaldo College In Manila , Manila
Graduated: 2001

Why did I choose this course:
I have always been fascinated by the Human Anatomy. How it works, innervation, muscle movements etc. What drive me to really choose this course is to acquire the ability and clinical knowledge to be able to help the physically challenged individual attain his full potential.

My current job:
I am one of the Club Directors of Gold's Gym Philippines

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes I have. I have been practicing Physiotherapy both in Public and Private Clinical setting. Modalities such as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation machine, Paraffin Wax, Hot Moist Packs, Grips, Medicine Ball, Suspension Training, Kettlebell and Balance ball are some of the very basic equipment I utilize, either for Strengthening, Training or Treatment.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
A day after I graduated.

Do I recommend studying BS Physiotherapy:
Yes definitely. It is a career that continues to evolve with so many clinical-based practices put into practice. Salary is well compensated in most Companies commensurate of course with your qualifications.
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M. T.
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute , Dasmarinas City
Graduated: 2010

Why did I choose this course:
To know what is Physical Therapy, and profession will it offer.

About my college education:
You have to be tenacious, compassionate, witty and patient to be able to finish this.

My current job:
A college instructor on a university and a physical therapist doing private practice after work.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Patience, compassion, tenacity

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
5 months, you have to review and take a licensure exam for you to practice.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy:
Yes.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
This course mght be difficult, but you have to be patient and tenacious to do it. So don't give up easily.
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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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Aldous Wesley Ambal
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Emilio Aguinaldo College In Manila , Manila
Graduated: 1997

About my college education:
It was perfectly fulfilling, it's a course that requires skills on medicine, human anatomy and application.

My current job:
None. Currently reviewing for the USA state board exam for Physical therapists.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Definitely I did, in hospital and nursing facilities.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
1 month

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy:
The course is very fulfilling as regards to helping patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders achieve their highest functional goals.
It is very much in demand in other countries these days.
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C. K.
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute , Dasmariñas City
Graduated: 2001

About my college education:
At times interesting, mostly difficult and challenging and on rare occasions enjoyable. One needs to have tons of diligence, having interpersonal skills, English skills and problem solving skills are a plus

My current job:
Part time online teacher, full time homemaker

Am I using what I learned in college:
To some extent, practical. I have used the medical terminologies I learned when I worked as a medical transcriber

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

Do I recommend studying BS in Physical Therapy:
I recommend in terms of employment opportunities and salary level abroad.
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