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S. B.
Studied BS Physical Therapy
at Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation
Graduated: 2010

About Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation:
Atmosphere was fun, we always help each other to pass each and every exam just for us to maintain our population, participating in most of the extra curricular actys both in and out of our school.
Professors level their heads with ours making it so easy for us to understand any info and they are really supportive in way that they will tell you on how we can improve on a certain part.
Facilities are complete - everything that we asked/needed are given.

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
Totally not related to BS Physical Therapy


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 bachelor of science in physical therapy
at Saints John And Paul Colleges , Calamba City
Graduated: 2001

About Saints John And Paul Colleges:
The professors were nice and approachable. The lessons are explained well. The facilities - sometimes we had to assume "this is the" or "that is the"... textbooks were a big help!

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.
Not really related to bachelor of science in physical therapy


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 Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila:
I studied Physical Therapy at Emilio Aguinaldo College. It was a big decision for me to move from the province (Angeles City) to Manila; having this mindset that education is always achieved best by those who studied in the Metro. Coming from a private Catholic School to enrolling in a Nonsectarian College, everything seems to be in chaos; I was continuously looking for the convenience that my previous school offered and how people treat each other with much respect. EAC (Emilio Aguinaldo College) did not have this so called private campus. Some buildings were situated across the streets and there were even residential houses in between. The College runs this “no big bag policy” or “transparent bag policy” inside the buildings which for me is sickening and pathetic. There is also no way to delineate which students are taking this and that course because all students wear the same white uniforms as if everybody is taking up medical courses. On top of my rants, I would never forget seating in a classroom with 80 to 100 agents in it. I don’t find the school conducive to learning because of jam-packed set up. If there is one thing I would rave of, it’s the Professors who knew what they were talking about. They were good in their craft that they were able to train us on how to go about / what to do when time comes that we are to take the board exam. And for all of these, I give back all the praises for doing a job well done.

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.
Totally not related to BS in Physical Therapy


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

About Emilio Aguinaldo College In Manila:
The school might be crowded but very wide range of resources. And the school has a high level of education, to the point that you need to maintain certain grades to stay in the university.

The Faculty member are mostly doctors or in medical field so you'll know that they really know what they are talking about.

They do have some state of the art medical facilities, and still putting up some modern medical equipment.

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)
Totally not related to BS in Physical Therapy


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 Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
at Emilio Aguinaldo College In Manila , Manila
Graduated: 1997

About Emilio Aguinaldo College In Manila:
One of the best training ground for Physical Therapy and other health related courses.

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 De La Salle Health Sciences Institute:
Professors - highly intelligent (most of them graduated with honors) .
Atmosphere - competitive and stressful.
Facilities - excellent.

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
Totally not related to BS in Physical Therapy


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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Shantal
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at University Of The East
Graduated: 2004

About University Of The East:
Facilities and atmosphere were very favorable for all of us. We did not encounter any irritation or uncomfortability in this campus.

About my college education:
Owwwwww! A big FUN for me. I was able to join and have fun with every moment and day. Every day was a exciting and very very lovely. BS in PT is like nursing it tackles human health. but the thing is, it is more on physical structure and building.

My current job:
Call center representative

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes some how

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
2 weeks

Do I recommend studying BS in Physical Therapy:
No as of now. No work for newly grad for this generation. That;s the saddest part of being a grduate of medical field. You sepnt a lot of money but after graduation and passing licensure exam still, you can t find a good job. Some of us entered the world of BPO. some of us are still unempployed.
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Hannah
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at St. Jude College
Graduated: 2000

About St. Jude College:
St. Jude is a medical school that provides very reliable education when it comes to healthcare courses. Their facilities are designed for laboratory activities.

About my college education:
In my first year, it was like ordinary high school days. We are always hanging out after class and always had extracurricular activities. But When I am on my second year, I was surprised and it was a big adjustment for me because that was the year that I took some of my major subjects. In the long run, I learned how to enjoy learning my major subjects. My course is all about Physical Therapy. It's a bit difficult because of the medical terms but it was enjoyable.

My current job:
Call Center Agent
Totally not related to BS in Physical Therapy


Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes

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

Do I recommend studying BS in Physical Therapy:
Not now. Honestly we don’t need a lot of health care practitioners. Because there's a lot of unemployed medical practitioners.
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Florian
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at Far Eastern University , Manila
Graduated: 2006

About Far Eastern University:
Well known for its medical courses because it is the center for excellence for healthcare courses. It always excels in that field. What’s good about this school is it has plenty of area where students can study comfortably.

About my college education:
My course was very interesting. It’s all about health care. It's a five-year course that focuses on physical and functional aspects of the human body. I enjoyed this course because it has a lot of anatomy and physiology subjects and also surgical.

My current job:
Physical Therapist
✓  Perfectly related to BS in Physical Therapy


Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes

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

Do I recommend studying BS in Physical Therapy:
Not actually for this generation because there are a lot of graduates from this course who are unemployed. I guess we have to polish first the hiring before we offer again this course.
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Esther Torres
Studied BS in Physical Therapy
at University Of Santo Tomas , Manila
Graduated: 2001

About University Of Santo Tomas:
UST is one of the leading schools in the Philippines though it still needs improvements. They provide the best education for all the students. And they also cater the best atmosphere in the university. I had fun studying in this university because students are always a priority.

About 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.

My current job:
Physical Therapist
✓  Perfectly related to BS in Physical Therapy


Am I using what I learned in college:
I believe so.

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

Do I recommend studying BS in 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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