23 Ranked Best Physical Therapy Schools in the Philippines for 2018


The rankings of the best physical therapy schools in the Philippines for 2018 have been released, which currently features only 23 out of 87 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in physical therapy.

University of Santo Tomas led the list of the best performing schools offering physical therapy undergraduate programs in 2018 with 86.38 percent overall score. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila followed with 82.20 percentage rating while Cebu Doctors’ University and San Pedro College in Davao City ranked third and fourth with 75.85% and 72.96% overall scores, respectively. Angeles University Foundation landed fifth with 72.50 percent overall score. University of Santo Tomas is currently Center of Development (COE) for physical therapy as accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The rankings are based on the results of two physical therapist licensure examinations this year (February and August) plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering undergraduate programs in physical therapy have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high physical therapist licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however the weightings for number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with less examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study physical therapy 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 accredited agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, and AACCUP.

Best Philippine Schools to Study Physical Therapy for 2018


To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rates of the two physical therapist licensure examinations this year, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the nursing undergraduate program as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used this year were adjusted to 60% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 20 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

23 Best Philippine Schools with Physical Therapy Programs for 2018
PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted % PASSED (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS86.38107611394.69%9040COD901:141485
2PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA82.208258794.25%70100Independent601:151585
3CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY75.851141512988.37%10040Candidate401:141485
4SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY72.965025296.16%50100Not Accredited301:131385
5ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION72.5020020100.00%3060Level II601:111185
6SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY72.453723994.87%4060Level II601:101085
7UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST RAMON MAGSAYSAY MEM MEDICAL CTR72.306957493.24%6070Not Accredited301:66100
8VELEZ COLLEGE71.7972128485.72%7070Candidate401:151585
9UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- MANILA70.954434793.62%4090Level I501:353565
10RIVERSIDE COLLEGE70.79924814065.72%100100Not Accredited301:151585
11DAVAO DOCTORS COLLEGE, INC.64.872022290.91%3040Level I501:121285
13SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY-ILOILO62.7453318463.10%70100Not Accredited301:252575
14EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE- MANILA59.5747287562.66%6040Level II601:323265
15LICEO DE CAGAYAN UNIVERSITY59.1927123969.23%4070Candidate401:161685
16REMEDIOS T. ROMUALDEZ MEDICAL FOUNDATION58.401962576.00%3060Not Accredited301:55100
18SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY57.6736175367.92%5040Candidate401:181885
19MANILA ADVENTIST COLLEGE57.571762373.91%3040Candidate401:99100
20SAN JUAN DE DIOS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC57.461482263.64%3040Level II601:66100
21UNIVERSITY OF BOHOL53.061762373.91%3040Not Accredited301:242475
22ILOILO DOCTORS' COLLEGE52.7424103470.59%3040Not Accredited301:151585
23UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO52.071562171.43%3040Not Accredited301:252575

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