Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a health care rehabilitation profession that provides therapy interventions to persons with physical, mental, developmental, or emotional disabilities.

The goal of occupational therapy is to help the person to be functionally independent and able, as much as possible, in the performance of his/her engagements in many occupational areas such as activities of daily living, work, leisure & play, and education, thereby leading to rebuilding and/or improving his/her health, independence, and self-esteem.

An occupational therapist finds his/her niche of occupational therapy practice in the rehabilitation sections of hospitals (whether government, private or military),  nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics, mental health institutions, home health agency services, academy, special schools, community home health-settings, and private practice.

The UPH-DJGTMU College of Occupational Therapy Vision and Mission

Vision:  The University of Perpetual Help System – Laguna (DJGTMU), is the center of excellent Occupational Therapy Educational Program, and the well-spring of world-class occupational therapists, South of Metro Manila, Philippines.

Mission:  The University of Perpetual Help System-Laguna (DJGTMU), College of Occupational Therapy, believes and is committed to instilling among its students the virtues valued by the founders of the UPHS; hence, spreading the altruistic Perpetualite-Christian virtues in the community, in the national level, and the world at large. As it does, it shall provide the knowledge, skills, and attributes of exemplary Occupational Therapy Education; taking precedence in the board performance, community service, and research; and producing competent, well-rounded, globally-competitive Occupational Therapy graduates.


The College of Occupational Therapy intends for its students and graduates the acquisition, development, preservation, enhancement, and competent demonstration of:

  1. Knowledge and application of the related health science and medical foundations to the philosophy and theory-base of the profession; and excellent academic and licensure performance;
  2. Sound clinical-reasoning skills; culture- and gender-sensitive application of the Occupational Therapy process; globally competitive entry-level professional occupational therapy skills in the provision of the service;
  3. Scientific, analytical, and investigative research skills and research process;
  4. Efficient administration and management of Occupational Therapy programs in physical and psychosocial dysfunctions in various practice settings; meaningful and thorough documentation; and continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of the interventions and/or programs implemented;
  5. Utmost discipline and professional attitude, appropriate etiquette, Christian ethical behaviors, values, and beliefs; and the steadfast practice of the Occupational Therapy Professional Code of Ethics;
  6. Faith and advocacy to the profession, to the clients served, to the Alma Mater, and to the national professional organization; and humane and altruistic Perpetualite-client care, in the commission and provision of occupational therapy.

What Are We Proud of?

  1. Our Occupational Therapy Program’s initial local accreditation with the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).
  1. Our B.S. Occupational Therapy Program’s international accreditation by the world body of occupational therapy profession and educational standard (WFOT)! This means that our OT graduates are readily accepted to work as OT to any WFOT-member country. Our graduates are everywhere in the globe!.
  1. Our B.S. Occupational Therapy Curriculum is exemplary, hence, it has found its equivalency with the Masters (MOT/MSOT) in the U.S. This means that our graduates are able to sit for the U.S. National Board of Certification Examination (NBCOT) to be certified to work and practice Occupational Therapy in the U.S.A. To quote NBCOT:

“Your International Occupational Therapist Eligibility Determination (IOTED) application and completed Determination of Masters Equivalence Content Evaluation Form were reviewed…, along with the additional information submitted. The Baccalaureate Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Perpetual Help Laguna has now been determined to meet the American Occupational Therapy Educational Standards. Your graduates are now eligible to apply for the Certification Examination for the OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST REGISTERED OTR®. Congratulations!”

Program Associate, Credentialing Services

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

  1. Our BS Occupational Therapy Program is also positively validated individually and accepted by the following recognized international Boards:
  • Health Professions Councils (HPC, United Kingdom).
  • Department of Health and Children (AOTI, Ireland).
  • Council of Occupational Therapy Registration Board (COTRB, New Zealand & Australia).
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Board (CAOT, Canada).
  • Norwegian Occupational Therapy Association (NETF, Norway).
  • Singapore Ministry of Manpower (SAOT, Singapore).
  • Many other WFOT-member countries.
  1. Our Occupational Therapy Program’s community-based works have always received recognition from the Occupational Therapy world body WFOT.

“…I have commented to many colleagues around the world about your excellent CBR programme training for your occupational therapy students”.

— Kit Sinclair, WFOT President

  1. Our Administrators are some of the best in the industry.
  • During the infancy stage of the institution’s Occupational Therapy Program, it was first directly spearheaded by Ms.Marylynn B. Querouz,
  • John T. Cabilso, our Occupational Therapy Program’s Executive Dean, is currently a member of the CHED Technical Panel and Chairman of the CHED Occupational Therapy Education Technical Committee, the group responsible for the design of policies and standards of Occupational Therapy Education in the Philippines.

Course Description
Occupational Therapy