23 ranked Best Physical Therapy Schools in the Philippines (2014-2018)

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The table below represents the ranking of the best physical therapy schools across the Philippines in 2014-2018, based on score from board exam performance, number of examinees, top performing examinees, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio. University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the only institution in the country accredited as Center of Development in physical therapy granted by the Commission on Higher Education, was ranked first out of 121 schools with physical therapy undergraduate programs with an overall score of about 94 out of 100 while Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in Manila ranked second during the measured time period with 83.50% overall score.

23 Best Philippine Schools with Physical Therapy Undergraduate Programs (2014-2018)
RANKSCHOOLOVERALL SCORE (%)2014-2018 OVERALL BOARD EXAM PERFORMANCE (70%)OTHER CRITERIA (30%)
20142015201620172018PASSEDTOTAL (5-year)5-year Weighted Average (40%)5-Year Total of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees within 5 years (10%)Accr.editation Level (2018)Accr. Level Score (20%)Average No. of Students per Faculty (FSR)FSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS94.0591.30% (115)89.62% (106)95.74% (94)98.20% (111)94.69% (113)50653993.88%100100COD901985
2PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA83.5089.79% (49)95.00% (60)100.00% (43)86.42% (81)94.25% (87)29632092.50%80100Independent601885
3DE LA SALLE-HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE79.6768.06% (144)73.11% (119)75.40% (187)72.22% (126)60.00% (35)43861171.69%10090Level II609100
4VELEZ COLLEGE78.5978.26% (46)87.67% (73)84.34% (83)87.09% (93)85.72% (84)32337985.23%90100Candidate401985
5UERM-MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER77.9689.47% (38)58.33% (72)76.62% (77)74.65% (71)93.24% (74)25733277.41%8070Level III707100
6CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY76.0459.57% (47)78.75% (80)76.74% (129)65.59% (93)88.37% (129)36547876.36%10090Candidate401685
7UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA75.4593.03% (43)76.92% (13)97.73% (44)100.00% (48)93.62% (47)18519594.87%50100Level I502075
8SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY75.4378.26% (23)83.33% (36)89.29% (28)87.50% (24)94.87% (39)13115087.33%50100Level II601385
9FEU-NICANOR REYES MEDICAL FOUNDATION71.7665.86% (41)82.92% (41)88.64% (44)83.34% (54)81.25% (32)17121280.66%6070Level II601185
10SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY-ILOILO70.8245.84% (48)71.16% (52)73.17% (41)58.97% (78)63.10% (84)18830362.05%80100Level I509100
11ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION67.8238.46% (26)60.52% (38)82.93% (41)95.24% (21)100.00% (20)10714673.29%40100Level II601585
12SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY66.9983.33% (30)63.16% (19)88.89% (27)80.00% (10)96.16% (52)11913886.23%40100Not Accredited301685
13LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY-BATANGAS, INC66.9987.50% (8)77.78% (18)100.00% (12)100.00% (9)100.00% (10)525791.23%3060Level II603265
14RIVERSIDE COLLEGE64.370.00% (3)N.A. (N.A.)76.67% (30)77.47% (71)65.72% (140)17024469.67%60100Not Accredited301685
15LICEO DE CAGAYAN UNIVERSITY64.1272.73% (11)83.33% (12)77.27% (22)75.00% (20)69.23% (39)7710474.04%40100Candidate401885
16MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY-BATAC61.1953.71% (54)59.65% (57)66.67% (54)N.A. (N.A.)90.00% (10)10817561.72%5090Level I502275
17DAVAO DOCTORS COLLEGE, INC.61.0558.34% (24)75.00% (20)57.90% (19)52.00% (25)90.91% (22)7311066.37%4080Level I501385
18MANILA ADVENTIST COLLEGE60.8350.00% (10)44.44% (9)87.50% (16)78.58% (14)73.91% (23)517270.83%30100Candidate401685
19SAN JUAN DE DIOS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC58.0076.47% (17)47.06% (17)75.00% (28)83.33% (12)63.64% (22)669668.75%3040Level II601085
20OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY-ANTIPOLO CITY56.7057.14% (7)44.44% (36)71.02% (69)79.31% (58)59.33% (59)15022965.50%6040Level I403965
21UNIVERSIDAD DE MANILA53.8692.31% (13)57.14% (14)90.91% (22)61.54% (26)68.42% (19)699473.40%3040Not Accredited301885
22ILOILO DOCTORS' COLLEGE51.6143.48% (23)60.00% (15)71.43% (35)60.00% (30)70.59% (34)8613762.77%4040Not Accredited301585
23UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO48.040.00% (4)64.29% (14)73.91% (23)57.14% (21)71.43% (21)538363.85%3040Not Accredited303665
NATIONAL TOTAL55.62% (1,584 from 84 schools)58.87% (1,634 from 82 schools)63.43% (2,155 from 82 schools)61.60% (2,133 from 88 schools)63.40% (2,396 from 87 schools)6,0433,85961.03% (9,902)

The De La Salle-Health Sciences Institute, the medical school of De La Salle University in Dasmariñas City, Cavite, placed third after registering an overall score of about 79.67%. Velez College, widely known for offering allied health degrees in Cebu City, followed with an overall score of 78.59%.

University of the East Ramon Magsaysay-Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City made the 5th rank on the list for 2014-2018, ahead of the Cebu Doctors’ University in Mandaue City, Cebu at 6th rank, University of the Philippines-Manila at 7th rank, Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental at 8th rank, Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in Quezon City at 9th rank, and Saint Paul University in Iloilo City at 10th.

The ranking is based on the results of physical therapy licensure examinations from 2014 to 2018 plus other factors including accreditation status of the program in 2018 and 5-year average faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in physical therapy have the most valuable degree programs within the 5-year period to produce batch of examinees with high physical therapy licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however the measured time is 5 years or from 2014 to 2018. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best physical therapy schools in the Philippine are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accrediting agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd, and thus they are integrated in the accreditation of the institutions.

Best Physical Therapy Schools in the Philippines for 2014-2018

To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of physical therapy licensure examinations from 2014 to 2018 (40%), the total number of examinees in the 5-year period (20%), and top performing examinees within 2014 to 2018 (10%) as the overall board exam performance, and the average faculty-student ratio from 2014-2018 (10%) and accreditation status of the physical therapy programs (20%) as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rate average we used for 2014-2018 physical therapy licensure examinations were adjusted to 60% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 50 examinees (unlike PRC’s 50 minimum examinees per examination period).

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