Best Physical Therapy Schools in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (PT) is the choice for individuals looking to help treat and rehabilitate people with disabilities arising from illness, injury, or aging. The BS Physical Therapy course is a 5-year college degree program in the Philippines where aspiring therapists are trained in various ways to restore physical function such as hydrotherapy, radiant and superficial heating, electrotherapy, therapeutic exercise regimens and techniques, therapeutic ultrasound, and patient education and training, among others.

Admission Requirements for BS Physical Therapy

Each school may have different requirements for admission but the following are the typical qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate – If there is non-completion of high school education, the student may opt to attend Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college.
  • College entrance exam
  • High School Scholastic Standing
  • National Secondary Assessment Test
  • Interview conducted by the college
  • Good Moral Certificate

Physical Therapists in the Philippines

While many BS Physical Therapist graduates who pass the Physical Therapist Licensure Examination end up as Physical Therapist Clinicians, there are other jobs awaiting them in the field of medicine, such as:

  • Neurological Physical Therapist, who helps patients recover from brain injury or disability such as ALS, cerebral palsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease
  • Traveling Physical Therapist, who works with different types of patients while traveling from place to place
  • Physical Therapist on Women’s Health, who focuses on helping women to be relieved from illnesses such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and lymphatic swelling

The BS Physical Therapy course may seem difficult at first but many students can attest that this is an interesting degree to study. However, before one can enjoy the full practice of Physical Therapy, he/she must first pass the Physical Therapy Licensure Examination.

Physical Therapist Licensure Examination

The Physical Therapist Licensure Examination, along with the Occupational Therapist Licensure Examination, is conducted twice a year by the Board of Examiners for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The following are the scope and coverage of the Physical & Occupational Therapy board exam:

Physical Therapist Board Exam Coverage
  • Basic Sciences – 30%
  • Medical and Surgical Conditions, Pathology – 25%
  • Physical Therapy, Applications Electrotheraphy, Therapeutic Exercises, Principles of Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy – 45%
Occupational Therapist  Board Exam Coverage
  • Basic Sciences – 20%
  • General Medical and Surgical Conditions – 20%
  • Occupational Therapy Applications Programs, Organization and Administration in Rehabilitation Psychosocial Dysfunction and Physical Disabilities – 60%

Top Performing Schools for Physical Therapy Licensure Exam

Is your school one of top schools for BS Physical Therapy? Check our list below showing data about the average passing rates in previous Physical Therapy Licensure Exams.

Category 1: Physical Therapy (PT) Schools with more than 100 examinees

1University of Santo TomasManila97%192196
2Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng MaynilaManila91%113123
3Velez CollegeCebu City87%142162
4De La Salle Health Sciences InstituteDasmarinas City82%168203
5Cebu Doctors' UniversityMandaue City77%124161

Category 2: Physical Therapy (PT) Schools with 51 to 100 examinees

1University of the Philippines ManilaManila97%9193
2San Pedro CollegeDavao City94%7276
3Silliman UniversityDumaguete City92%4751
4Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical FoundationQuezon City90%5662
5University of the East Ramon MagsaysayQuezon City88%8899
6Mariano Marcos State University - MainBatac City82%5162
7Our Lady of Fatima University in Antipolo CityAntipolo City75%7599
8Southwestern UniversityCebu City73%4967

Category 3: Physical Therapy (PT) Schools with 50 and below examinees

1Angeles University FoundationAngeles City100%4444
2Lyceum of the Philippines University - BatangasBatangas City100%1717
3Wesleyan University PhilippinesCabanatuan City86%1922
4Remedios T. Romualdez Medical FoundationTacloban85%3541
5San Juan De Dios Educational FoundationPasay83%2024
6Liceo de Cagayan UniversityCagayan de Oro80%2936
7Universidad de ManilaManila79%3139
8Manila Adventist CollegePasay78%2532
8Adventist Medical Center CollegeIligan City78%1114
9University of BaguioBaguio City73%2230
9Davao Doctors CollegeDavao City73%1723
10University of BoholTagbilaran City72%1318

Note: The tables above only rank the passing rates of first-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) past Physical Therapy Licensure Exams in February 2018, August 2017, February 2017, and August 2016.

See also: Physical Therapist Board Exam Results & List of Passers

Source: PRC Philippines (

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