College of Rehabilitation Sciences

College of Rehabilitation Sciences

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and the Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology programs.

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Nature of the Field of Study

The four-year Integrated Clinical Presentations BSPT program consists of the General Education and Pre-Professional Coursework, Integrated Medical and Professional Foundations Coursework, and Integrated Clinical Coursework. The internship program involves assigning students to different CHED accredited affiliation centers that cater to various patient/client populations for 1604 hours (10 months). The intern, during the training, will be exposed to a variety of clinical and non-clinical training opportunities to prepare them for the different roles expected of them upon completion of the baccalaureate program.  De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSMHSI) will specifically provide 1442 hours (9 months) of clinical internship, which will include patient/client evaluation and management and community-based rehabilitation and an opportunity to be certified in a related field of expertise.  The remaining 162 hours (1 month) of non-clinical internship will be used to provide training opportunities in academic and research settings.

Program Goals

Consistent with the Level 6 descriptor in (ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework [AQRF], 2011) and The Philippine Qualifications Framework [PQF] (2012), the Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family (2009), the and the Vision-Mission-Goals Statement of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences [CRS] (n.d.) and the DLSMHSI (n.d.), institutional outcomes and college outcomes were set to train students in the four-year BSPT program to become globally competent, entry-level Lasallian Physical therapists who are:

  1. Faithful nurturers of life committed to ethical and moral professional practice
  2. Lasallian physical therapists who embodies global competence, professional leadership, and inter-professional collaboration through relevant research evidence to promote innovative and transformative education and holistic health care
  3. Just and compassionate stewards of healthy communities and environment who advocates to uplift the lives of the least, the last, and the lost in service to diverse communities and country

Specific Professions/Careers/Occupations for Graduates

In accordance with the Policies, Standards and Guidelines for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT) Education (CMO 55 s2017),  graduates of the BSPT Program at the De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute-College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy are expected to be able to perform the following roles:

  1. Globally competent, entry-level Lasallian physical therapists,
  2. Educators and consumers of research,
  3. Social mobilizers and advocates

Allied Fields

  1. Education
  2. Management
  3. Public Health
  4. Occupational Health
  5. Fitness/Wellness

Program Recognition of Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy of DLSMHSI

Awarded with PAASCU Level II accreditation

  • Indicates optimal compliance with criteria and standards set by PAASCU
  • Indicates the program’s overall excellence in the delivery of the program

Produces Physical Therapy Topnotchers in the Physical Therapy Licensure Examination facilitated by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC)

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

is a four-year baccalaureate degree program in the Philippines which trains students in enabling people to participate in the activities of everyday life. The course educates students in the medical, social behavioral, psychological, psychosocial, and occupational sciences which equip them with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with people, individually or in groups or communities. Occupational therapy practice is focused on enabling individuals to change aspects of their person, the occupation, the environment, or some combination of these to enhance occupational participation.

The academic and clinical training program for OT is concerned in enhancing the ability of the students in helping people to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. The academic and clinical training program for OT is concerned in enhancing the ability of the students in helping people to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement what students learn in the classroom. The program supports and guides the students while allowing them to progress on their own pace based upon their experiences and interests.


  1. Work as a clinical practitioner in the various settings: Pediatrics, Mental Health, Physical Dysfunctions and Community-Based Rehabilitation, be in private or government clinics or hospitals
  2. Be a consultant for primary schools, corporate companies (for ergonomics), disaster-risk reduction and management offices.
  3. Be an academician and educational leader for the BSOT program and other health science programs.
  4. Be a researcher or research assistant
  5. Be a specialist in the various fields (after certification/ training) such as:
    1. Sensory Integration
    2. Feeding and Dysphagia
    3. Splinting and Orthotics
    4. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    5. Yoga Therapy
    6. Neurologic Rehabilitation
    7. Interprofessional Collaboration and Practice
    8. And others
  6. Work overseas following registration and credentialing processes
    1. United States of America- requires foreign trained professional to obtain Master’s in Occupational Therapy before they will be eligible to take the board exam (NBCOT)
    2. Asia and Middle East- course credentialing and language proficiency; cultural competency training (for Middle East)
    3. Australia and New Zealand- credentialing and supervised practice; cultural competency training (for New Zealand)
    4. Europe: credentialing, language proficiency, and others (based on the regulatory board of the country)

Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology

is a four-year baccalaureate degree course that promotes the effective functioning of the speech, hearing and language mechanism of individual persons by properly evaluating, identifying, managing, and preventing speech, language, voice, fluency, cognitive, and other related communication disorders, as well as feeding and swallowing problems.  De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute is one of the four institutions in the Philippines that offers BSSLP program under the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. The Speech and Language Pathology is responsible in treating various communication disorders from infancy to adulthood. It also offers a well-rounded education that blends hospitals, clinics, research and classroom experience.

Our courses are delivered using the Outcomes Based Education and Evidence-Based Practice as primary paradigms. Our professional courses are divided into: Normal function and development, Clinical conditions, Introduction to Clinics and Clinical Internship. Specialized enhancement courses include: foreign language, dysphagia, summative subjects such as professional courses preparing the student for licensure examination.

In the Philippines, there are 688 practicing speech language pathologist (PASP, 2016) in a population of 100.98 million (2015 Philippine census) [13], it may be inferred that a large proportion of people with voice disorders do not have access to SLP services (Chan & Reyes 2021). The demand for SLP continues to rise as more and more call center agents, teachers develop voice problems; as more Filipino children are born with developmental disabilities and as more adults acquire speech, language, audition, communication and feeding as well as swallowing disorders. SLPs can work in hospitals, special schools, regular schools, community based rehabilitation centers, call centers, research institutes, teach at universities and become advocates.

SLPs do not only evaluate and treat individuals with speech, language, audition, communication, feeding and swallowing conditions. SLPs can also be consultants to SPED schools, call centers, and government offices. They can also teach, do research, perform community advocacy for better health and hearing.


Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists. Certified Regular Member [Internet]. 2016. Available from: http://pasp.org.ph/Certified-Regular-Member

Perez J. Total Health Expenditures grew by 8.0 percent in 2017 [Internet]. Philippine Statistics Authority. 2018. Available from: https://psa.gov.ph/content/total-health-expenditures-grew-80-percent-2017

Reyes, K. B., & Chan, K. C. (9-21-2021). Descriptive survey on the practice patterns of Filipino speech-language pathologists on voice disorders. Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development, 25(3), 15-26.