Physical Therapist Course & Career Info Description
To become a physical therapist, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, and you also need to pass the BSPT licensure examination provided by the Professional Regulations Commission or the PRC. This five-year course teaches you not only the anatomy and physiology of the human body but also about the different diseases, illnesses, and events that cause temporary or permanent disabilities. In addition to this, the course also teaches you about the different techniques and principles regarding prevention, control, and treatment of the disabilities. You will also be taught the use of adaptive and ambulatory equipment and devices such as wheelchairs and canes.
Cost of Education:
The cost of education for this college course ranges anywhere from P160,000 to as high as P450,000, depending upon the private university you enrolled yourself in. In public institutions, it is going to cost you about P45,000.
Top Universities for Course:
- University of Santo Tomas
- Marinao Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte
- Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga
- Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Camarines Sur
- Central Luzon Doctor’s Hospital Educational Institution in Tarlac
- Cebu Doctor’s University in Cebu
- San Pedro College in Davao
- Siliman University in Negros Occidental
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in Manila
- University of the Philippines Manila
- University of East Ramon Magsaysay in Manila
- Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes medical Foundation in Manila
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Course Skills and Factors
- Skill in verbal and oral communications
- Good rapport with people, particularly patients
- Ability to not only teach and advice patients but educate them as well regarding the PT programs
- Ability to plan and organize PT programs
- Ability to work independently or with a team
- Ability to perform duties well, even under very stressful conditions
- Tactfulness in dealing not only with the patients but with family members and/or caregivers as well
- Skill in record-making and keeping
- The main responsibility of a physical therapist is to work with patients who have permanent as well as temporary disabilities gain their functioning and strength back. This includes providing exercise programs aimed to improve strength, endurance, and performance of the patient. The physical therapist is also responsible for keeping, updating, and maintaining the patient’s records, checking for improvement and progress. In addition to this, the physical therapist is also responsible for following up on the patient’s progress.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
There is a high demand for physical therapists right now. Countries that are hiring Filipino physical therapists include Saudi Arabia, United States, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Oman.
Physical therapists earn about P12,000 each month, and if you are working for a private practice, you could earn as much as P42,000 to even P52,000 each month, depending upon the experience and skills.
Opportunities for Advancement:
You can advance your career as an entry-level physical therapist by becoming a supervisor or head of the PT department.