7 Best Occupational Therapy Schools in the Philippines for 2018


The ranking of the best occupational therapy schools in the Philippines for 2018 has been released, which currently features only 7 out of the 21 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in occupational therapy.

University of Santo Tomas is ranked first in the country for occupational therapy with 92.05% overall score based on overall board exam performance (70%), accreditation (20%), and faculty-student ratio (10%). The school is accredited Level IV by Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).

University of the Philippines-Manila made the 2nd rank on the list for 2018, ahead of the Cebu Doctors’ University at 3rd rank and Velez College at 4th rank. Rounding out the remaining three places for the top 7 performing schools are the Angeles University Foundation at 5th rank, De La Salle-Health Sciences Institute at 6th, followed by Davao Doctors College, Inc. at 7th.

The list is based on the results of this year’s biannual occupational therapist licensure examinations (February, August) plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering undergraduate programs in occupational therapy have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high occupational 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 occupational 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 accrediting agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd.


To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of the two occupational therapist licensure examinations in 2018, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the occupational therapy undergraduate program as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rate average we used for 2018 occupational therapist licensure examinations 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.

7 Best Philippine Schools with Occupational 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 TOMAS92.058038396.38%10090Level IV801:141485
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA75.022612796.29%40100Level I501:151585
3CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY71.743754288.10%6080Candidate401:141485
4VELEZ COLLEGE70.43543989.75%50100Candidate401:353565
5ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION58.19941369.23%30100Not Accredited301:111185
6DE LA SALLE-HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE57.0325123767.57%5040Not Accredited301:077100
7DAVAO DOCTORS COLLEGE, INC.56.8629154465.91%6040Not Accredited301:121285

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