College of Rehabilitation Sciences

College of Rehabilitation Sciences

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College of Rehabilitation Sciences (1974)

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Vision, Mission & Institutional Outcomes

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Vision, Mission & Core Values


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 the highest accreditation levels.


To do this, we will:

  1. Provide students the best Thomistic education that will enable them to deliver quality healthcare services
  2. Develop faculty and staff for teaching expertise and professional advancement to ensure productivity and job satisfaction and to promote harmonious environment
  3. Be champions of ethical generation and utilization of knowledge through research, responsive to the needs of the profession and the industry
  4. Promote self-reliance and resilience among our partner communities and institution through sustainable and research-based community health and rehabilitation programs
  5. Establish and maintain strong linkages with the alumni and provide opportunities for career growth and transfer of capabilities.
CRS Institutional Outcomes

CRS aims that the Thomasian rehabilitation science professional will:

  1. Show continuing competence in his/her field of practice; commitment to service of the church, the nation, and the global community; and compassion towards others;
  2. Dedicate himself/herself to the generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge in order to improve delivery of healthcare services, as well as advance professional practice;
  3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how he/she can respond to individual, group, and community health needs, and ultimately address national and global health situations; and
  4. Lead community initiatives that will promote people’s health, function and quality of life, as well as advance professional practice in their chosen settings.

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.


Program Recognitions

International Partners

Internationalization Activities

Visiting Professors

International Partners


  • University of South Australia (since 2001)


  • Thomas More University (since 2018)

Hong Kong S.A.R.

  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University (since 2008)


  • Nitte University (since 2016)


  • Niigata University of Health and Welfare (since 2011)


  • INTI International University (since 2015)


  • Mahidol University (since 2013)
  • Srinakharinwirot University (since 2016)
  • St. Louie College (since 2017)

United States of America

  • California Baptist University (since 2014)
  • Seton Hall University (since 2014)

Visiting Professors

Student Organizations​

Partner Health Institutions

Student Organizations​

  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Council
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Commission on Elections
  • Occupational Therapy Society
  • Physical Therapy Society
  • Speech-Language Pathology Society
  • Sports Science Society
  • Therapeutic Currents
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Performing Arts Guild
  • Red Cross Youth Council – College of Rehabilitation Sciences Unit
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Scarlet

Partner Health Institutions

  • University of Santo Tomas Hospital
  • Manila Health Department
  • Tondo Medical Center
  • Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • East Avenue Medical Center
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • National Center for Mental Health
  • Philippine Orthopedic Center



Patron Saint



Patron Saint


Patron of the UST College of Rehabilitation Sciences

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.




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


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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.