Institute of Rehabilitative Sciences

Physical Therapy is a Science and Art of treatment by means if therapeutic exercise, heat, cold, light, water,manual manipulation, electricity, and other physical agents. It is an allied medical profession which develops,coordinates, and utilizes selected knowledge and skills in planning,organizing, directing, and evaluating programs for the care of individuals whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by disease or injury.Physical Therapy requires anin-depth knowledge of human growth and development, human anatomy and physiology, neuro anatomy and neurophysiology, biomechanics and abnormal psychological responses toinjury, sickness and disability, and thecultural and socio-economic influences of the individual.The goal of Physical Therapyis to help the patient reach maximum potential and to assume her/his dueplace in society while learning to live within the limits of such capabilities.The Physical Therapist works underthe supervision of the Physiatrist, the Rehabilitation Medicine specialist.The Physical Therapist functionsin these general types of positions:

  1. as staff in a supervisory position who provides direct services to the patient in a hospital setting;
  2. as teacher in a clinical and academic setting; and
  3. as administrator of a programin an educational institution, a clinical department, or a health agency.

Statement of Philosophy

The faculty of the SU PhysicalTherapy Program believe that:The human being is createdin the image and likeness of god--- a unique yet unified whole withspiritual, biological, mental, emotional,socio-cultural and environmentalcomponents. As a member of a family,a community and the world, his dayto-day encounter with life affects thewholeness of an individual.Physical Therapy is ahumanistic science that seeks to assist the person in meeting his/herhealth needs and problems. This isachieved through independent practiceor in collaboration with health andnon-health disciplines by promotingand restoring health, preventing illnessand treating disease conditions, andby improving functional capabilitiesthat provide the best care throughrehabilitative techniques.Physical Therapist is one whohas acquired the essential knowledge,skills and desirable attitudes so thathe/she can function efficiently in anywork setting.


The Physical Therapy Program was initiated by the President of Silliman University, Dr. Angel C. Alcala, whoformed a three-man committee in 1991 composed of SUCN Dean, Dr. Ma. Teresita Sy-Sinda, University Registrar, Reynaldo Rivera, and Dr. Lynn D. Larena-Olegario, a Physiatrist. This Committee also co-opted Prof. Gloria G. Futalan of the College of Business Administration to conduct a feasibility study for the program. Together with selected senior students, the study was completed within one semester.

In April 1992, the PT Committee finished a complete draft for action by the Curriculum Committee. During the first semester of the school year 1992-1993, the Academic Council approved the PT Degree Program for implementation effective June of SY 1993-1994. The Council also voted to attaché the five-year program to the College of Arts and Sciences. Several meetings were held with Acting President Dr. Betty C. Abregana, Acting VPAA Dr. Dalisay M. Dumalag and VPA Cleonico Fontelo to discuss the physical plant as well as the procurement of equipment. This is one of the CHED’s’ requirements before the issuance of a permit to operate is given to the PT Program to be opened. To ensure the survival of the Program in its infancy stage, the Program and Development Committee of the Board of Trustees decided to place the Program under the VPAA office for the school year 1993-1994. the program was later placed under the College of Nursing together with the Medical Technology Department, starting DY 1995-1996, thus established the College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences.

The Ground floor of the Hibbard Hall was chosen as the location of the PT Program. Renovation was done May 1994 for the following: PT Office, the PT Practicum Room 1, and the Anatomy-Physiology Room. Various rehab equipment were also installed in the assigned areas. After two years of careful evaluation, the course was finally launched in June of 1993-1994. Screening of the first applicants started in the second week of April and the entrance exam was given in the fourth week of April and first week of May. Of the 250 applicants, only 175 students qualified for the first year level, which was further narrowed down to 99 students in the third year level. The first candelighting and dedication ceremony was held on September 9, 1995, as a symbol of the student’s acceptance to the PT proper. This practice has been carried on up to the present.

With a donation from philanthropist Dr. Angelo King, a two-storey building was constructed inside the SUMC compound to house the Physical Therapy and Medical Technology Departments. Blessing and inauguration was done on May 19, 1996.

A periodic inspection of the Program was conducted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) until Government Recognition was granted by the (CHED) effective SY 1996-97, and by Professional Regulation Commission(PRC) on March 18,1998.

To evaluate the first batch prior to starting their Clinical Internship Training Program in selected hospitals, an oral revalida was conducted by the staff of the Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Philippine General Hospital (PGH) aside from the oral and written revalida given by the Program.

The 47 pioneering batch proudly received their hard earned-diplomas on March 22, 1998, producing 3 Cum Laudes. Preparation for the Board Examination was composed of a preparatory in-house review conducted locally by the faculty of the PT Program and by an out side review center. The pioneering batch obtained a passing percentage of 77% as compared to the national passing average of 23% during August 22-23, 1998 PT/OT Licensure Examination held in Cebu. Silliman University garnered the 2nd place and the program director, Dr. Lynn Larena-Olegario received a plaque of recognition from the PRC in behalf of the program. There were also 2 topnotchers, Mitchelle T. Banogon and Gay Garnette P. Abrasaldo, who were in the 13th and 15th place, respectively.

The program’s performance in the National Licensure has always been exemplary as proven by being in the top 15 among the PT schools in the country in the past six Board Exams as well as by producing top notchers.

On February 15, 1999, the Program has been accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission as a Continuing Professional Regulation Commission as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider to be renewed on February 2002.

At present, the Program strives to maintain its standard of excellence in producing Physical Therapists who exercise their profession with competent skills and knowledge with commitment to serve God and humanity.