Physical Therapist

Salary/Compensation

Entry level salary for a Physical Therapist may range from P8,000 - P12,000 per month in the local labor market and it may go up to P20,000 for those highly experienced or supervisory level. In the U.S, the average earnings of a Physical Therapist is about $6,351 per month.

Basic Educational Requirement

A Physical Therapist must be a graduate of a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. There are employers who require the equivalent license issued by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Cost of Education *

A bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy costs around P29,000 - P46,000 per semester in private colleges and universities. However, in other educational institutions that offer the same discipline, tuition fee would cost about 20%-40% less.

Employment Opportunities

Physical Therapists can work in various settings: hospitals and other healthcare and community based facilities; large rehabilitation centers; and home healthcare services. Physical Therapists are also increasingly taking on supervisory roles with physical therapy assistants and aides taking more hands-on responsibility. Assistants and aides now work more closely with clients under the supervision of a therapist. The demand for Physical Therapists is expected to rise as a result of the growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function who require therapy services. Physical Therapists may be employed in the following industries: Hotels and Restaurants, Health and Social Work, and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

An experienced Physical Therapist can be promoted as Head Physical Therapist or be a manager or director of the Wellness and Rehabilitation.

Nature of Work

A Physical Therapist works with individuals who have a permanent or temporary impairment in their physical or mental functioning. He/She helps patients to recover and improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. A Physical Therapist helps patients to improve their basic motor functions and to compensate for permanent loss of function.

Tasks

  • Assesses patients’ occupational performance by methods such as reviewing records, interviewing the patient and his family, and gathering relevant information;
  • Plans individual and/or group physical therapy treatment programs;
  • Implements physical therapy treatment programs to promote, develop, maintain and/ or restore occupational performance potential;
  • Delegates components of treatment to assistants/aides by instructing, observing and monitoring treatment provided to ensure quality patient care;
  • Maintains patient records including clinical outcomes and progress;
  • Instructs those with permanent disabilities in the use of adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, orthotics and aids for eating and dressing.

Skills and Competencies

  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • Teaches, consults and advises;
  • Works independently and as a member of a team;
  • Plans, organizes and conducts therapy treatment programs ;
  • Uses tact and understanding in dealing with patients, family members and caregivers;
  • Performs duties under stressful conditions;
  • Prepares and maintains accurate, concise case records of patients;
  • Operates related adaptive equipment; and
  • Utilizes computer software programs incorporated in clinical practices.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • Teach, consult and advise;
  • Work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Plan, organize and conduct therapy treatment programs;
  • Use tact and understanding in dealing with patients, family members and caregivers;
  • Perform duties under stressful conditions;
  • Prepare and maintain accurate, concise case records of patients;
  • Operate related adaptive equipment; and
  • Utilize computer software programs incorporated in clinical practices.

* Based on 2011 rates.