Respiratory Therapy Education in the Philippines

Mary Chiles Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy pioneered the formal education of Respiratory Therapist in 1980. Mary Chiles established the first curriculum for a group of Filipino students who underwent curricular training through a two-year course leading to a Certificate in Pulmonary Therapy.

Manila Doctors Hospital and Emilio Aguinaldo College followed immediately after. In 1987, a four year baccalaureate course in Respiratory Therapy was introduced by the University of Perpetual Help - Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University in Binan, Laguna. Emilio Aguinaldo College started offering the same baccalaureate course in 1990. Because of the different degrees of educational
level and competencies of the graduates of the profession, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) under the Office o:' the President standardized the Baccalaureate program of Respiratory Therapist through CHED CMO No. 09 series of 2007 ' Policies and Standard for Respiratory Therapy Education."

The Education of Respiratory Therapist in the country includes the Basic Sciences of Anatomy. Physiology, Neuroanatomy and Microbiology. The course programs also includes Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy, Medical Terminology, Medical Ethics, cardio - Pulmonary Physiology and Pathology, critical care Management, Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care, Patient Assessment and Electrocardiography, Chest Physiotherapy, Arterial Blood Gas Physiology, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Function Testing, Airway Management and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, Mechanical Ventilation, Medical Gas and Oxygen Therapy, Pharmacology and Respiratory Care Seminar. The Clinical exposure of the students of the program are obliged to undergo 10 months of Clinical Internship to Tertiary and Tertiary -Specialty Hospitals in the Country

The Academic Institutions conferring the education for Respiratory Therapy has proliferated all over the country; nine out of the seventeen Regions in the Philippines has at least one Academic Institution offering a program for Respiratory Therapy Education. Although in the recent years at  least three institutions here in the metro has mellowed or closed down their curriculums in the Respiratory Therapy Program because of the inadequate or the unavailability of enrollees for the courses offered in the schools/colleges. Base on the data of the Commission on Higher Education, there are 2,350 graduates of Respiratory Therapy recorded from 1998 to 2006 but the this data des not include those who have graduated from the two year programs started since 1980's.

The Philippine Association of Pulmonary Care or PAPC then have been successful traveling across the country to bring professional and student education and lectures, tying up with the Academic Institutions offering the Respiratory Therapy Programs- the ARCPP plans and hopes to bring back such programs, widening the scope of its membership from exclusive professionals to adding up the pool of students under Respiratory Therapy Programs thereby leading them to become successful Respiratory Therapy Clinicians and Educators of the near future