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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:

P. E.
◈ 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: 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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