University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences

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University of Santo Tomas
College of Rehabilitation Sciences
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Established 1974
Dean Assoc. Prof. Jocelyn F. Agcaoili, MSPT
Regent Rev. Fr. Joaquin F. Valdes, OP
Students 1,341 (as of 2011)[1]
Location St. Martin de Porres Building, UST, Sampaloc, Manila
Former names
  • 1974 – Institute of Physical Therapy
Patron saint Saint Martin de Porres
Colors Yellow and light blue

The University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences, popularly known as "UST-CRS", is the rehabilitation sciences school of the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest and the largest Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.

It is a consistent Top Performing Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy School in the Philippine Physical Therapist Licensure Examinations and the Philippine Occupational Therapist Licensure Examinations respectively.


The main objective of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences is to develop Christian allied rehabilitation professionals who are fully competent in utilizing selected knowledge and skills in planning, organizing, directing and implementing programs for the care of individuals whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by disease or injury.[2]


In the early 70's the lack of manpower to care for million disabled Filipino 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 course of Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. At that time, the first two years of the four-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 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.

On December 15, 1993, the school was granted full autonomy academically and administratively by then Rector, Very Reverend Fr. Rolando dela 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 allied rehabilitation professionals, the degree of BS in Occupational Therapy was also offered.

Also offered was a postgraduate certificate course, an intensive 8 week seminar-workshop which aims to spur the professionalization of sports science in the country.

The Institute has grown tremendously for the past twenty five years. Presently the entire student population is 600, about forty five times more than the original number of enrolees. The facilities of the school is by far the most sophisticated and most complete in the country and is at par with those found abroad.

Degree Programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy - a five-year academic program of studies for an allied medical profession whose main purpose is the promotion of optimal health and function by providing services that develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability, relieve musculo-skeletal pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or diseases. Physical Therapy 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.[3]
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy - a five-year academic program of studies for 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. It uses purposeful activities that have potential benefits in achieving functional outcome. Thus, developing, improving and restoring the highest possible level of independence of any individual who is limited by physical injury or illness, cognitive impairment, psychological dysfunction, developmental or learning disability. Occupational Therapy also aims to achieve total development of individuals and the promotion of one’s mental health and physical well-being.[4]
  • Bachelor of Science in Sports Science - a four-year program for a multidisciplinary field concerned with the comprehensive understanding of the scientific basis of sporting performance including general physical activity pursuits such as goal oriented fitness regimens and recreational sports as well as elite sports and the area of athletic performance enhancement.[5]
  • Bachelor of Science in Speech–Language Pathology - 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.[6]


Notable alumni[edit]

  • Consuelo Gonzalez-Suarez - Former Dean, 1996-2006
  • Jocelyn Francisco-Agcaoili - Former Dean, 2006-2012
  • Cheryl Ramos-Peralta - Dean, 2012-present time
  • John Nite - TV host and singer
  • Miriam Quimbao - first runner-up in the Miss Universe 1999

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