College of Rehabilitation Sciences (1974)

Degree Programs and Departments

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (4 years)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY (4 years)

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Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy is a four-year program that produces professionals who promote optimal health and function by providing services that develop, maintain, and restore maximum movement and functional ability, for people at any stage of life, when their movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions, or environmental factors. The program culminates in a one-year comprehensive internship program that allows students to work within the health spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment / intervention, habilitation, and rehabilitation, supervised by licensed professionals.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (4 years)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (4 years)

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Accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy is a four-year program that produces client-centered health professionals who are concerned with promoting health and well-being, with the primary goal of engaging individuals and population in occupation to facilitate participation in culturally meaningful activities and tasks, and address physical, development, social, or emotional problems. The program culminates in a one-year internship that allows students to work hand in hand with clients of ages, to increase the latter’s independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability through their involvement in activities that are therapeutically designed to promote occupational performance. They also work with different communities and organizations to enable a just and inclusive society for all, in order to facilitate the realization of one’s potential in leading an independent, productive, and satisfying life.

Bachelor of Science in Sports Science (4 years)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SPORTS SCIENCE

The Bachelor of Science in Sports Science program prepares students for an interdisciplinary field by providing graduates with a broad and coherent understanding of applied exercise and sports sciences in terms of fitness and sports coaching, and the management of fitness and sports programs in various industry settings. The fitness and sports coaching major is a standalone degree, but it enhances and complements the coaching licensure and/or certification accredited by relevant international and national governing sports bodies, as well as fitness-related certifications by reputable organizations in the field. This knowledge and skills base allows graduates to address the relevant needs of employers and pursue further specialization studies.

Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (4 years)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is a four-year health sciences program dealing with the study of human communications, its development, and the functional and organic disorders that may affect it. It culminates in a one-year internship program that prepares speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Additionally, the program prepares SLPs to provide aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders.

Research Center

Center for Health Research and Movement Science

The Center for Health Research and Movement Science serves as the research unit of the College for Rehabilitation Science. All research activities initiated and developed in the College are coursed through the CHRMS. Its research projects focus on assessment and interventions to improve health, fitness, and quality of life for different patient and client populations. These studies were previously carried out at the Center for Research on Movement Science (CRMS), now known as CHRMS, which is an evidence translation group under the Center for Allied Health Evidence of the University of South Australia and an evidence synthesis group of the Joanna Briggs Institute.

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Our Identity

Vision

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.

MIssion

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.

Patron Saint

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.

References

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

Assoc. Prof. Anne Marie C. Aseron, MSPT, Dean

Rev. Fr. Joaquin F. Valdes, O.P., Regent

Asst. Prof. Ma. Georgina D. Mojica, MHPEd, Assistant Dean

Asst. Prof. Ma. Roxanne L. Fernandez, MSPT, College Secretary

Department Chairs

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Asst. Prof. Kathlene Anne V. Hernandez, MHPEd, Chair

Asst. Prof. Kim Gerald G. Medallon, MHPEd, Internship Supervisor

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Asst. Prof. Donald G. Manlapaz, PhDChair

Ms. Fe Therese M. Chavez, MSPT, Internship Supervisor

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Ms. Judith A. DamianChair

Mr. Jonah Jerome P. Katalbas, Internship Supervisor

SPORTS SCIENCE

Asst. Prof. Reil Vinard S. Espino, MSHMS, CSCSChair

Asst. Prof. Karen Leslie L. Pineda, MPHInternship Supervisor

College Council

Assoc. Prof. Anne Marie C. Aseron, MSPT, Chair

Rev. fr. Joaquin F. Valdes, O.P., Member (Ex-Officio)

Asst. Prof. Ma. Georgina H. Mojica, MHPEd, Member (Ex-Officio)

Assoc. Prof. Rosalyn Papa, MD, Member

Assoc. Prof. Michael Jorge R. Peralta, MSc, MSPT, Ll. M., Member

Assoc. Prof. Donald S. Lipardo, PhD, Member

Asst. Prof. Ma. Roxanne Fernandez, MSPT, Ex-Officio Secretary

Coordinators

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND EXTENSION (Simbahayan)

Asst. Prof. Christian Rey Rimando, MSPT

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND PROGRAMS

Ms. Arlene Chiong Maya, MSPT

e-LEARNING SPECIALIST

Ms. Cristine Rose S. Versales, MSPT

LIBRARY

Mr. Allan James T. Tan

STUDENT WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD

Asst. Prof. Ma. Lanie V. Vergara, MA

ETHICS REVIEW COMMITTEE

Assoc. Prof. Anna Lea L. Enriquez, MD (Chairperson)

Supervisors

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERNSHIP

Asst. Prof. Kim Gerald G. Medallon, MHPEd

PHYSICAL THERAPY INTERNSHIP

Ms. Fe Therese M. Chavez

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY INTERNSHIP

Mr. Jonah Jerome P. Katalbas

SPORTS SCIENCE INTERNSHIP

Asst. Prof. Karen Leslie L. Pineda

 

PROF. VALENTIN C. DONES III, PhD

Center for Health Research and Movement Science

Support Staff

MS. SHIRLEY DE CHAVEZ, PhD

Office Clerk

MS. ARIANE S. CRUZ

Office Clerk

MR. JESSIE CARREON

Laboratory Technician

MR. JESURINO TAMPOS

Laboratory Technician

MR. ARIEL GONGORA

Laboratory Technician

MR. RUBEN CULTURA

Laboratory Technicial

Contact Information

Office Address

2/F, San Martin de Porres Building
University of Santo Tomas,
España Boulevard, Sampaloc,
Manila 1015, Philippines

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: +63-2-3406-1611 loc. 8280

Telefax: +63-2-8740-9713

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History

In the early 1970’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.