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BS in Physical Therapy in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT) is a five-year degree program that teaches students the knowledge and skills in the rehabilitation and treatment of individuals with disabilities resulting from injury, illness, and aging. Students are trained in different methods on how to restore physical function, such as the use of hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, radiant and superficial heating, therapeutic ultrasound and therapeutic exercise regimens and techniques, patient education and training. 

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Gross and Organ System Anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Physiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Human Development

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Physical Therapy are expected to be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of different sciences (physical, social, health, and natural) to the practice of physical therapy
  • Consistently demonstrate competence when conducting an examination, evaluation, and assessment of patients
  • Promote improved health and quality of life through the practice of physical therapy
  • Show professional responsibility and ethical behaviors in different settings
  • Maximize innovative technology usage in the practice of physical therapy 

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in different affiliate centers such as tertiary hospitals and physical therapy clinics that cater to different client populations. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Registered Physical Therapist in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Physical Therapy needs to pass the Physical Therapist Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Examiners for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) (PRC). The exam is conducted twice a year in the months of February and August.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Physical Therapy may pursue a career path in tertiary hospitals, physical therapy clinics, athletic and sports training facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospices, corporate and industrial settings. They may apply as physical therapist clinician, geriatric physical therapist, orthopedic physical therapist, pediatric physical therapist, neurological physical therapist, traveling physical therapist, cardiopulmonary physical therapist, and vestibular rehabilitation physical therapist.

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Reviews of BS in Physical Therapy graduates:

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: 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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