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Physical Therapists work with individuals who have a permanent or temporary impairment in their physical or mental functioning. They help patients to recover and improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. Physical Therapists help patients to improve their basic motor functions and to compensate for permanent loss of function.
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).
Skills and Competencies
Demonstrated ability to:
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
A Physical Therapist must be patient and must have strong interpersonal skills to earn the trust and respect of their clients. Patience is necessary because many clients may not show rapid improvement. Ingenuity and imagination in adapting to individual needs are also important. Those working in home health care services must be able to adapt to a variety of settings.
Physical Therapists in hospitals make around P12,000 per month, while those in private practice may earn as much as P42,000 to P52,000 per month.
Physical Therapists can work in various settings:
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.
Cost of Education *
Public College/University - approximately P45,000
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2007-2008
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