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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

Qualifications

  • 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:

S. B.
◈ Studied BS 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: 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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