College of Rehabilitation Sciences (1974)
Latest News and Events
|June 1, 2014||UST introduces first MS in Occupational Therapy in the Philippines|
Degree Programs and Departments
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (4 years)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY (4 years)
Physical Therapy is a health profession, whose main purpose is the promotion of optimal health and function by providing services to people to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability, relieve musculoskeletal pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or diseases. It involves identifying and maximizing movement potential, within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. It also includes the art and science of evaluation and treatment by means of therapeutic exercise, heat, cold, light, water, manual manipulation, electricity and other physical agents for the care of individuals whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by disease or injury. Physical therapy encompasses areas of specialized competence such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology and cardiopulmonary physical therapy.
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (4 years)
Accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that engages a person in occupation to facilitate activity and participation in culturally meaningful tasks, and address impairments physically and/or mentally.
As allied health professional, occupational therapist works hand in hand with different clients of all ages, family members and/or caregivers, and other professionals to facilitate client’s involvement in activities that are therapeutically designed to promote occupational performance, thus promoting health and well-being.
Bachelor of Science in Sports Science (4 years)
Sports Science is a multidisciplinary field designed to provide graduates with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key elements of sports sciences. Throughout the program, the scientific disciplines, which relate to safe and effective participation in physical activity pursuits such as goal oriented fitness regimens and recreational sports as well as elite sports and the area of athletic performance enhancement, are studied. It includes planning and execution of action research; performing general fitness test, physiological and sports specific testing protocols and evaluations; administering and organizing sports related events; officiating and coaching a specific sports of their choice; operationally managing a sport facility; identifying aspects of exercise, human movement and training to enhance performance and promote wellness and assessing nutritional and psychological needs of individuals as well as elite athletes.
As a practitioner, sports science specialist interacts with coaches, sports and personal trainers, physical educators, health practitioners, different clients of all ages and other members of the sports science support team.a
Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (4 years)
Speech-language pathology is the study of human communication, its development and its the disorders that may affect it. It is involved in the: 1) identification of communication, swallowing and oral function disorders in both the adult and pediatric population; 2) provision of habilitation/rehabilitation services appropriate to the communication, swallowing and oral function disorders identified in both the adult and pediatric population; and 3) referral for medical or other professional services necessary for habilitation/rehabilitation of the communication, swallowing and oral function disorder(s) identified.
The B.S. Speech – Language Pathology is a five-year educational program composed of two years of general education courses, two years of professional courses, and one year of clinical internship. It aims to produce professionals capable of addressing health care needs of children and adults with communication, swallowing and oral-function disorders in a variety of different contexts including schools, hospitals, clinics / centers for special needs and through private practice.
We are an internationally acknowledged educational institution of experts producing nationalistic and globally-competitive Thomasian leaders in the field of rehabilitation sciences committed to quality healthcare services.
We will be the standard for academic excellence, research and community service, the preferred school for rehabilitation sciences programs, the top performing school in licensure exams and the recipient of highest accreditation levels.
To achieve our vision, we will:
- Provide students the best Thomistic education that will enable them to deliver quality healthcare services.
- Develop faculty and staff for teaching expertise and professional advancement to ensure productivity and job satisfaction and to promote harmonious environment.
- Be champions of ethical generation and utilization of knowledge through research, responsive to the needs of the profession and the industry.
- Promote self-reliance and resilience among our partner communities and institution through sustainable and research-based community health and rehabilitation programs.
- Establish and maintain strong linkages with the alumni and provide opportunities for career growth and transfer of capabilities.
St. Martin of Porres
Feast Day: November 3
Interracial harmony is an ideal that people continuously strive for even to this day. One man became a symbol of this for the Catholic faith in the 1600s: St. Martin de Porres.
Born on December 9, 1579 in Lima, Peru, he was the son of a Spanish nobleman and a former black slave. While his dark tinge earned him some degree of neglect from his father, he was able to be friends with a doctor who taught him the art of healing.
Believing he can serve others with this gift and armed with an arduous dedication to the Lord, he entered the Order of Preachers, one of the first of mixed races to do so. He began as a servant and did even the most menial of tasks selflessly. Finally, his superiors took notice and commanded him to accept the habit of a lay brother. As he carried out his ministry, he became known for his ascetic lifestyle, social work and unique healing powers.
His genuine compassion for the downtrodden led him to establish a residence in Lima for orphans and abandoned children. He died in Lima, Peru on November 3, 1639, leaving behind a legacy of interracial harmony, selfless service and unquestionable holiness.
He was canonized by now-St. Pope John XXIII on May 5, 1962.
Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres. (n.d.). The Life of St. Martin de Porres – Our Provincial Patron Saint. OPSouth.org. http://www.opsouth.org/about-us/st-martin-de-porres/ (accessed on July 14, 2015)
Saint Martín de Porres. (2015). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 02:00, Jul 14, 2015, from http://www.biography.com/people/saint-martín-de-porres-37827.
Administrators, Academic Officials, and Support Staff
MS. SHIRLEY DE CHAVEZ, PhD
MS. GERALDINE DARBIN
MR. JESSIE CARREON
MR. JESURINO TAMPOS
MR. ARIEL GONGORA
MR. JOHN MICKO PAZCOGUIN
3/F San Martin de Porres Building
University of Santo Tomas Campus
España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila 1015
Telephone: +63-2-406-1611 loc. 8280
In the early 70’s, the lack of manpower to take care of 4 million disabled Filipinos was staggering. There were less than 50 qualified licensed Physical Therapists in the country, out of an estimated need for at least 3000. To address this need, The UST Institute of Physical Therapy opened its doors in June 1974 to applicants for the program of Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. At that time, the first two years of the 4-year baccalaureate degree fell under the College of Science while the last two years were administered under the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. The first batch of 14 students graduated in 1977.
By March of 1987, the school was granted a semi-autonomous status academically while still functioning administratively under the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. It exercised full control of the revised 5-year curriculum that was initiated in school year 1988-89. In December 15, 1993, the school was granted full autonomy academically and administratively by then Rector, The Very Reverend Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. The head of the Institute was likewise elevated from being a Director to a Dean.
In fulfillment of its commitment to develop highly competent allied rehabilitation professionals, the degree of B.S. in Occupational Therapy was also offered in June 1996. In the summer of 1999, the Certificate Course in Athletic Training was offered. This post-graduate certificate course is an intensive 8-week seminar workshop that aims to spur the professionalization of sports science in the country.
By 1999, foregrounding the growing demand of rehabilitation sciences in the allied health profession, the Institute of Physical Therapy has been renamed College of Physical Therapy and by 2001, to College of Rehabilitation Sciences, as the school also offered a new academic program, B.S. in Sports Science. In the same year, the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program was initiated in collaboration with the UST Graduate School and the University of South Australia as a ‘Training the Trainer’ program. Twelve faculty members of the College were the first enrollees to this program. Two years later in 2003, it was offered to graduates from other schools.
On February 21, 2003, the Center for Research on Movement Science was established within the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex. In 2010, it was renamed Center for Health Research and Movement Science to better reflect its role as the research arm of the college.
Responsive to its commitment to responding to the healthcare needs of society, the College once again endeavored on a new program in June 2009 – the BS Speech-Language Pathology. Together with the other established programs, the latest program offering, truly makes the College holistic in its provision of quality education in the field of rehabilitation sciences.
The College has grown tremendously for the past forty years. Presently the entire student population approximates 1,400, about one hundred times more than the original number of enrollees. The facilities of the school are by far the most sophisticated in the country and are at the par with those found abroad.