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Best Respiratory Therapist Schools in the Philippines

The health of the lungs is an important aspect of one’s health. Thus, we need people who specialize in maintaining the health of lungs and other respiratory organs. This, among others, is the expertise of a Respiratory Therapist.

Respiratory Therapists Licensure Examination

In the Philippines, licensed Respiratory Therapists typically perform the following tasks:

  • Operate various pulmonary equipment, such as ventilators, etc.;
  • Supervise patients and monitor the effects of treatments done to them;
  • Assist doctors in determining respiratory illnesses affecting patients.

The Respiratory Therapist Board Examination in the country is usually conducted in September of each year. To be qualified as a test-taker, the aspiring Respiratory Therapist must meet the following criteria:

  1. A Filipino Citizen or a foreign citizen whose country permits Filipino Respiratory Therapists to work in their country without any complications;
  2. A graduate of a Respiratory Therapy course from a duly accredited school in the Philippines;
  3. A citizen of good moral character, and has not been convicted of a criminal case;
  4. A citizen that has had a 1,500-hour internship experience or training spread out within ten (10) months while being supervised by a licensed respiratory therapist.

If you are considering to be a Respiratory Therapist in the future, take note of the following topics which are included in the Respiratory Therapist Board Exam:

  • Ventrilation Through Mechanical Means
  • Respiratory Care of Newborn Babies and Children
  • Evaluation  and Electrocardiography of Patients
  • Maintenance of Airways
  • Examination of Pulmonary Functions

A passer of the Respiratory Therapist Board Examination must have a score of 75% overall, while scoring 60% or higher in all of the subtests.

Scope & Coverage of the Respiratory Therapist Board Exam

The Respiratory Therapist Board Examination consists of four equally weighted subtests:

  1. Diagnostics (25%)
  2. Pathophysiology (25%)
  3. Respiratory Care (25%)
  4. Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care (25%)

Also, according to Republic Act No. 10024 (“An Act Regulating the Practice of Respiratory Therapy”), subjects of the Respiratory Therapy exam should include:

(a) Patient Assessment and Electrocardiography;

(b) Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology;

(c) Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy;

(d) Mechanical Ventilation;

(e) Acid-Base Physiology and Blood Gas Interpretation;

(f) Airway Care and Management;

(g) Pulmonary Function Testing;

(h) Pulmonary Rehabilitation; and

(i) Oxygen Therapy.

What brought you to this page would likely be about schools whose graduates excel during Respiratory Therapist exam, right? Well, feel free to look for that information below.

These data were compiled from previous Respiratory Therapist Board Examinations to find out the schools with the highest Respiratory Therapist Licensure Exam passing rates. Here are the results.

Best Respiratory Therapist Schools in the Philippines

Category 1: Respiratory Therapist Schools with more than 200 examinees

RankSchoolPassing RateNumber of PassersTotal Number of Takers
1San Pedro College, Davao City96%202209
2Universidad de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City63%234367
3Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila, Manila60%164272

Category 2: Respiratory Therapist Schools with 101-200 examinees

RankSchoolPassing RateNumber of PassersTotal Number of Takers
1Cebu Doctors' University, Mandaue City97%147151
2Pines City Colleges, Baguio City89%92103
3Lorma Colleges, San Fernando City78%97123
4University of Perpetual Help System JONELTA in Biñan City, Biñan City69%95137
5Our Lady of Fatima University in Valenzuela City, Valenzuela City67%106158
6Saint Jude College, Manila49%85172

Category 3: Respiratory Therapist Schools with 100 and below examinees

RankSchoolPassing RateNumber of PassersTotal Number of Takers
1Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City98%7576
2Cagayan State University - Andrews Caritan Campus, Caritan95%6467
3Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, Quezon City89%8898
4University of Batangas, Batangas City78%2937
5University of Perpetual Help System DALTA in Las Piñas, Las Piñas73%4764
6Perpetual Help College of Manila, Manila71%6490
6Mary Chiles College of Nursing, Manila71%2839
7Good Samaritan Colleges, Cabanatuan City50%2244
7Sts. John And Paul Colleges, Calamba City50%714
8Central Luzon Doctors' Hospital Educational Institution, Tarlac City45%4394

Note: The table above only ranks the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) previous Respiratory Therapist Board Examinations, specifically the ones held in September in the years from 2014 to 2017.

Source: PRC Philippines (

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