Physical Therapy Department

The Department of Physical Therapy of the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao offers the Associate Degree Program in Physical Therapy. It is accredited by CAPTE since 1970.



Prepare Physiotherapist Assistants, who possess the most advanced knowledge and skills in clinical physiotherapy sciences. Through a comprehensive curriculum, varied clinical experiences and professional modeling of a competent academic and clinical faculty, we intend to prepare students to obtain and maintain the highest credentials according to state and federal regulations; so that they can practice as Physical Therapist Assistants both in Puerto Rico and internationally.
Contribute to the professional training of the Assistant to carry out a practice of physiotherapy in an ethical, legal and safe way, to fulfill his role and to assume responsibility as Assistant Physiotherapist, maintaining a holistic vision of the human being, and that Be sensitive to the physical, emotional and social needs of all those who receive their services.
Contribute to the training of Physiotherapist Assistants so that they can recognize the scope and limitations of their competences; that through critical judgment they can make decisions and provide adequate solutions to the problems they face.


Prepare Physical Therapist Assistants with a high level of academic excellence. Have a competent faculty, highly prepared in their respective clinical areas and with the necessary skills to provide all those educational experiences required to achieve such excellence.
Have a curriculum that is at the forefront, integrator of theoretical and practical knowledge, related to technological advances.
Achieve effectiveness in clinical practices, as an integrating mechanism of the knowledge and skills acquired. That students perform, in their clinical practices, intervention procedures in physical therapy with a high degree of skill and mastery of skills.
Have the administrative support to obtain the necessary resources to achieve its mission and the established goals.
Manage new situations with effective communication, using critical judgment, an innovative spirit and creativity.
That the student, once he graduated from the Program, when working as Assistant Physiotherapist, demonstrate that he possesses the necessary skills according to his professional competences. That it fulfills its role and assumes its responsibility fully, maintaining high standards of physical therapy practice. That shows loyalty and interest in the growth and development of physiotherapy.
That the Physiotherapist Assistant, apply the patient / client care plan, considering the particular needs of the latter.
That the Physiotherapist Assistant has a holistic vision of the human being, showing sensitivity to pain and those moral and professional values ​​that allow him to work, respecting the dignity of the person with whom he intervenes.


Encourage the continuous search for updated knowledge, through different educational activities, and prepare future leaders, who feel committed to promoting and lobbying for the growth of physical therapy in Puerto Rico and internationally.

The Associate Degree of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 100, Alexandria 22305-3085, telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 787-850-9390 or email:


  • Prepare physical therapist assistants with the most advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Prepare physical therapist assistants committed to offering physical therapy services of the highest quality, in an ethical, legal and safe manner.
  • Develop the interest in lifelong learning.
  • Maintain the accreditation status of the program, granted by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association and the institutional accreditations.
  • Maintain an academic and clinical faculty update in the contemporary practice.



  • Promote the associate degree program to attract the best candidates.
  • Admit those applicants that meets the program requirements.
  • Maintain an updated curriculum, as established by the UPRH and the program accreditation agencies.
  • Develop in the students, the most advanced knowledge’s, skills and attitudes to performs as physical therapist assistants entry-level.
  • Keep the students oriented to the different aspects of the program, the program and institution available services
  • The students’ complete degree requirements in a timely manner
  • Maintain a retention rate of 90%
  • Develop the general education competencies as approved by the Academic Senate
  • Prepare the student, to pass the licensure examination, offered by the Puerto Rico Physical Therapy Examination Board, upon completion of the degree.
  • Upon completion of the degree, performs the physical therapist assistant role in different clinical scenarios in an ethical, legal and safe manner.
  • Perform as a physical therapist assistant following the local and federal regulations, as applied
  • Perform as a physical therapist assistant following the profession practice standards related to cultural diversity, showing comprehension and sensitivity.
  • Promote the participation of the program graduates in the continuing educational activities planned by the program continuing education coordinator
  • Promote the participation of students and graduates in the different student and professional organizations.
  • Maintain an academic faculty with the competencies updated
  • Maintain a clinical faculty updated in knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to perform their work as clinical instructors.
  • Have the equipment, devices and supplies for the concentration courses.
  • Comply with accreditation standards and other requirements of the accrediting agency.

Updated on October 15,2021.



To provide our students the opportunity to develop the most advanced knowledge and clinical skills, so that they can become competent providers of physical therapy services in Puerto Rico and internationally.

To provide our students with an education that emphasizes the development of sensitivity towards the human being as an integral entity, with physical, emotional, social and economic needs, based on their own knowledge, and, in which the maximum use of their personal and professional capabilities is encouraged, recognizing their role as agents of change in the field of health in tune with the social, economic, political and cultural reality and in accordance with the lifestyle of Puerto Rico and other cultures.

It is our firm conviction that once our educational mission is accomplished, we will have contributed significantly to the prevention of disability and the maintenance, improvement and rehabilitation of our people.

This is a health program aimed at preparing physical therapist assistants. The program has a duration of two years, which includes two summers. It is within the health science that prepares the student to work as an entry level of physical therapist assistant. They are health providers trained to assist the physical therapist in providing physical therapy services.

Associate Degree Program in Physical Therapy

This is a Health Program aimed at preparing Physical Therapist Assistants. The Program has a duration of two years, which includes two summers. It is within the health sciences that prepares the student to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant. These assistants are health care providers trained to assist the Physical Therapist in offering Physical Therapy services.

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  1. Obtain and maintain the professional credentials that authorize him to practice as an Assistant to the Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist (ATF).
  2.  Work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist or physiotherapist.
  3.  It will carry out the collection of data related to tests and measures and will apply specifically affected, typical of its competences, as selected by the physiotherapist.
  4. Will carry out its role as ATF in an ethical, legal and safe manner, demonstrating success and assertiveness in its performance and resistance in high regard to the problems of the practice of the physiotherapy profession.
  5.  Carried out following the criteria established in the codes of ethics of the profession (“American Association of Physiotherapy, APTA”, Puerto Rican Association of Physiotherapy), including its ability to clarify professional values ​​and distinguish them from personal and social values.
  6. Showed a behavior that reflects his commitment to the expectations of the members of the profession of physical therapy and to those who benefit from his services as Assistant Physiotherapist.
  7.  Understand the content of the care plan, as designed by the physiotherapist, for the achievement of short and long term goals and expected results.
  8.  Use verbal and nonverbal communication that is assertive, effective, specifically and capable, with the patient / client, the physiotherapist, other members of the health team and with the community in general.
  9.  Read and interpret professional literature related to physical therapy and health in general, as an important element in promoting their learning throughout life.
    It will document in a precise, clear, concise and timely manner, in the clinical file and in other documents related to the provision of physical therapy services, following the guidelines and formats required by law regulations and the practice scenario.
  10.  Participates in the process of writing discharge plans and monitoring patients / clients, as specified by the physiotherapist.
    Participate in activities aimed at quality control of physical therapy and health services in general.
  11.  Demonstrate understanding and sensitivity to the factors involved in the accuracy of physical therapy services offered by patients / clients, consumers and the community in general. These factors include: social, cultural, ethical, legal and economic aspects, among others.
  12. Apply independent, critical and reflective thinking skills in problem solving, emergency management, and in the planning and organization of physical therapy services.
  13.  Will work as an integral member of the health team, in which he will instruct and educate other team members, patients / clients, patients and the community in general, using technical devices, programs, materials and activities appropriate to the learning characteristics and styles of the hearing, under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist.
  14.  Will educate others about the role of the Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant, including the role of the ATF in the student’s clinical education for ATF.
    Show leadership skills and social awareness, supporting and participating in the organizations of the discipline and other community service organizations.
  15. We show your commitment to meet the needs of patients / clients, consumers and the community, of physical therapy services.

This document was discussed and approved with amendments by the faculty at a meeting held on September 18, 2008. They are incorporated.

The Associate Degree Academic Program of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), , 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085, telephone 703-706-3245; email:; website: The program’s current status is a Probationary Accreditation.

If needing to contact the program institution directly, please call (787) 850-9390 or email:

Accreditation Status

UPR Humacao – Physical Therapy Department – Call Box 860 – Humacao, PR 00792
Location: Physical Therapy Building
Campus Map – Building #15
(787) 850-9390, (787) 850-9423, @TEFIUPRH , TEFI.UPRH