Testimonials of BS in Physical Therapy Graduates from the Philippines

N. R.
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Silliman University
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Physical Therapy:
Ever since I was a child, I dreamt to become a doctor but before I can pursue my dreams, I need to take a Pre-medicine course. My mom helped me choose what course shall I take. She told me that Medical Technology, Physical Therapy, Nursing, etc. are pre-med courses. I was about to take BS in Nursing but my mom opposed because a lot of nursing students who graduated and passed the licensure exam were ended up in a call center agents or mismatched jobs. She told me that I should consider BS in Medical Technology or BS in Physical Therapy since there are only few who graduated this course and the salary is profitable. Since I get easily get sick and act weird whenever I saw blood or examine feces, so I considered BS in Physical Therapy.

list bulletAbout my college education:
I learned many things while studying this course like the different methods on how to restore physical function, such as the use of hydrotherapy, chemotherapy, radiant and superficial heating, therapeutic ultrasound and therapeutic exercise regimens and techniques, patient education and training. It teaches us about the knowledge and skills in the rehabilitation and treatment of individuals with disabilities resulting from injury, illness and aging.

BS in Physical Therapy is really a difficult course. Every subject is a brain kill. There are a lot of techniques that you need to memorize. Study is the only tool to survive in this course. I studied every night just to be prepared for tomorrow's quizzes or exams.

The most useful things that I learned while taking this course are the ability to understand and take care of patients from all ages and walks of life; involves empathy, compassion and the sincere desire to help the sick. The ability to demonstrate skills in observation. In particular, a student must be able to accurately observe a patient and acquire visual, auditory and tactile information. You need to have the ability to use medical instruments and supportive devices in the care of patients. It has wide knowledge about science and is able to understand and connect certain concepts together; very essential because BSPT is a science based program. The ability to speak, hear and observe patients and coherently summarize a patient's condition and management plan, verbally and in writing; ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, families, employees and other health-care practitioners. And the ability to understand complex medical situations, create connections among different clinical manifestations and make sensible decisions to implement plan of care

In my time, the exam was a bit easy but difficult sometimes. All of the questions were already tackled in Silliman University. I was thankful to God and to our Alma Mater because I passed the exam. They were only few students who passed the Licensure Exam but in our year, our school got 89% passing rate.


list bulletMy current job:
I practiced Pediatric Physical Therapy for 2 years but I stopped because I am planning to study my dream which is Doctor of Medicine this year.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college:
I learned everything while I was doing my Internship. What I applied in my Internship days is what I applied while I was a Pediatric PT for 2 years.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
3 Months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
Yes, it is in-demand in the Philippines and worldwide. There are only few who practice this profession because some went abroad to have a high salary. And speaking of salary, it is not that high in the Philippines but it's profitable and you can manage your own family.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
You need to cut your social life while studying this course. Expect in the next 5 years, you will have to keep reading books, studying the past lessons and lessons that haven't discussed yet. Your sleep rate will be alternated while studying this course. But most of all, you have the essence and passion in studying Health Sciences.
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T. D.
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Our Lady Of Fatima University
◈ Graduated 1995

list bulletWhy did I choose Physical Therapy:
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.

list bulletAbout 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.

list bulletMy 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.

list bulletAm 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.

list bulletHow 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.

list bulletDo I recommend studying 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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Jacqueline Yunun
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila
◈ Graduated 2000

list bulletAbout 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.


list bulletMy 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.

list bulletAm 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.

list bulletHow 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.

list bulletDo I recommend studying 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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S. B.
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout 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).

list bulletMy current job:
English Proficiency Trainer

list bulletAm 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.

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

list bulletDo I recommend studying 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
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout 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.

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

list bulletAm 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.

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

list bulletDo I recommend studying 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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B. C.
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Q.C. Medical Center
◈ Graduated 2000

list bulletWhy did I choose Physical Therapy:
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.

list bulletAbout 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.

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

list bulletAm 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.

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

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
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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R. R.
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Saint Michael's College Of Laguna
◈ Graduated 2000

list bulletWhy did I choose Physical Therapy:
Originally, Nursing was my choice, but I decided to take PT as my second choice because the opportunity to work abroad was higher than nurses at that time.

list bulletAbout my college education:
PT is next to the Medical doctor. It is challenging yet interesting course. I learned the basic principles of the human body, from anatomy, physiology, using of the different modalities that until now I apply.


list bulletMy current job:
Gym Manager in Dubai.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
2 years

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
I would recommend this course for those who have patience and money.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Study in advance is a must, not 1 week prior to the major exams.
Nourish yourself during study, eat well and drink plenty of water. Drinking energy drinks like redbull or same kind can affect your sleeping cycle, that sleeping and resting is important to refresh your mind. (which I did)
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Jerson Kulam
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Far Eastern University
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout my college education:
Like nursing, this course is hard too. I made to the point of quitting but my friends encouraged me not to quit. This science is focusing on health assistance. It is a five-year course.

list bulletMy current job:
Physical Therapist

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college:
Yes

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
almost one year.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
Take this course with courage in your heart. All course are highly recommended.
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Esther Torres
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At University Of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout my college education:
I took up BS IN Physical Therapy. It was difficult yet fun. We studied the human anatomy and their functions. I enjoyed the course because It had a lot of anatomy subjects which is I liked the most when I was studying. It's a five-year course and is very in demand abroad. After my graduation I used to work in the United States of America and I earned big. My field of study helped me a lot to achieve my dreams. I'm so thankful for it.

list bulletMy current job:
Physical Therapist

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college:
I believe so.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
9 months I had to wait for the result of my board examination.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
Yes. It helped me to achieve my dreams and I can still use the things that it taught to me. Though it is not an easy course; but it still is interesting to study.
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Haru Saddul
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Far Eastern University
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletAbout my college education:
Honestly, PT wasn't really my first choice, but it was my parent's so I took it anyway. I'd say it's the best pre-med course to take since it has a lot of Anatomy subjects. The course will take you 5 years to finish so that a long time of intensive studying. The last year though will be your internship and I had so much fun as an intern. Imagine working in 10 different rehabilitation clinics in and out of Manila. Not to forget you get to have new acquaintances from different schools.

list bulletMy current job:
I'm currently an HR Practitioner.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
About 6 months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
If you have a big chance to work in the US and the medical field interests you, pick this one. The work you'll have will be very simple and you'll earn about $70/hour. Not bad.
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Cynthia
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Arellano University
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletAbout my college education:
I like it! I took up Bachelor Of Science in Physical Therapy. It's a science that deals with Human Health and Its body Functions. We are taught how to engage ourselves and interacts with our patients/clients.

list bulletMy current job:
Physical Therapist at the Medical City.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I have waited for almost a year for the result of my board exam.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
Only recommended for the people who are interested in health care.
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Angeline Percalio
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At University of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 1995

list bulletAbout my college education:
My journey in college was my most adventurous journey in my life. I made everything through ups and down, for learning was my best partner during my times. I encountered a lot of things that surely my best weapon nowadays. I love it. I really love my education it embraced me and lead me to a real world of competency. It was my best learning provider.

list bulletMy current job:
Physical Therapist.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
1 year

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
Only for those interested. Don't force yourself to take this course. This course requires a lot of interest in health science.
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Pilar E. Valenzuela
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At World Citi Colleges
◈ Graduated 1999

list bulletAbout my college education:
For me, physical therapy seems one step shy of a course in medicine, aside from the fact that it is in demand in abroad. As you might have expected, physical therapy training involves everything you wanted to know about the human body. I like it because I already expect a plethora of topics on anatomy, physiology, human development, actually more of dealings of sciences (which is my favorite!) and, of course, therapy.
It was interesting in the sense that you will be dealing with different people of different ages that requires different approaches too, at the same time I can say that it is difficult because the need for such specialty requires more and extensive studies with regards to topics of women’s health, pediatric rehabilitation and geriatric rehabilitation.

list bulletMy current job:
Nope! I'm a stay at home mom. But I used to have my own PT clinic right after I graduated. I run it for two years and eventually give up because of family business priority.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Not quite long because I put up my own PT clinic then.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
Yes, but of course that depends on the person's interests, there's a lot to consider though.
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Bryan Hernandez
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At University Of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 1999

list bulletAbout my college education:
I took BS in Physical Therapy. This science is focusing on healthcare. We discussed how to perform the basic and the most advanced clinical method in human physical connectivity for its functions.

The field of study was quite challenging but the good thing was I learned how to get myself converted to my subjects taken.


list bulletMy current job:
Physical Therapy

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college:
Yes

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
10 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
I would love to recommend this course.
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Angel Miralo
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Far Eastern University
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education:
I studied Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Far Easter University. My education is about health care but this is more concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being. It was interesting and fun studying about human health.

list bulletMy current job:
Physical Therapist at the St. Luke's Hospital

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
8 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
Yes I love what I'm doing as a Physical Therapist It's full of excitement and helping other people with the use of your education is so much beautiful.
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Micko
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Far Eastern University
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout my college education:
Difficult that nursing. It is a fiver-year course. i took this course because it is in demand abroad.

list bulletMy current job:
Physical Therapist at Medical City Hospital

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college:
yes

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job after graduation:
almost one year.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
It's not recommend for those who don't have any support the expenses. I mean this course requiring a lot of money to maintain the needs of the course. You're gonna do a lot of laboratory activities that require money.
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G. G.
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Emilio Aguinaldo College In Manila
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletWhy did I choose Physical Therapy:
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.

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

list bulletAm 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.

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

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
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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C. D.
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At Emilio Aguinaldo College In Manila
◈ Graduated 2004

list bulletAbout 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.

list bulletMy current job:
Customer service (BPO)

list bulletAm 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.

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

list bulletDo I recommend studying 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
◈ Graduated 1997

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

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

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

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

list bulletDo I recommend studying 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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M. T.
◈ Studied BS in Physical Therapy
◈ At De La Salle Health Sciences Institute
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Physical Therapy:
To know what is Physical Therapy, and profession will it offer.

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

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

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college:
Patience, compassion, tenacity

list bulletHow 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.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Physical Therapy:
Yes.

list bulletAdvice 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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