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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:

A. M.
◈ 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: 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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