Kabayans, you guys have to now realize that the "demand" for international nurses and especially those coming from the Phils is fastily becoming the thing of the past.
Here's a recent article of how tough the labor market is just for PH grads and nurses, there's NO need till the year 2020, I think it will go beyond that. Click this: US Labor Market Tough for Filipino Nurses until 2020
The USA is educating more and more local nurses, the hiring preferences are for those educated in the US, the priority will remain much stronger with local educated students and nurses.
However, there are still some demand if the PH applicants wants to work in the LTC, nursing homes, SNF's, become a personal care giver, etc (nothing wrong with working into those fields, as for me, it's not what I want), BUT if your desired dream job is to work in a hospital, your chances are very very slim, as most hospitals today hired from their magnet schools or those that did their clinicals and percepted there (still not a guaranteed job). While it's not quite like our "backer" system in the Phils, it's close enough.
It is "false economy" to think to take courses in the Phils now, as any money savings means you will probably have to take more courses in the States and wasted time, in just trying to get into the open spots if allowing foreign students. As an example, SFSU has 1-2 openings for foreign students, a few other CA schools the same, tution is about $7,000 to be paid upfront. Where's the savings in that by taking PH courses?
Time: you're looking at 2-3 years or more maybe to get enrolled, maybe.....so far CSU-Fresno has 30 openings, but still reamins to be seen if approved for this year and if not, maybe next year. Talk about wasting more time! Tuition cost for CSU Fresno is about $4,000 not sure if there'a added cost for holding an international degree, too early to tell.
Just think you go to a PH school spend a few years there, then a few years becoming an LVN here, then try to get into a LVN-RN bridge program. If you had other friends but they took their courses after waiting a bit longer staying in CA or the States, but they got their education in CA, guess who's going to hired between either you or them?
To the OP: I seriously doubt that school or any school with a shorten time frame to complete the courses will even meet the MINIMUM hours required of most State's BON's with CA being one of the toughest. You need to do your research and ask that school or any school: I NEED to talk to your past students who have successfully passed the CA BON and passed the NCLEX-RN, do not take the school's words "oh, we're ISO-certified", we're approved by so and so in the States, phooey.....ask for solid documented evidence and proof.
Again, there's been rumours we're hearing that the CHED, PRC and PNA don't plan to change the actual curriculums to meet the State's requirements till 2016. With that in mind, don't forget that the CHED, PRC and PNA don't have to do anything like that for anyone, they must and only do what they need to do to meet the country's requirements, not anyone outside. But as we all know, there's a HUGH amount of pressure from the 1,000's of angry and disappointed and frustrated PH nursing students and their parents that due to the PH educational system, that the doors to becoming an overseas nurse have been slowly closing or shut out.
I used to blame the CHED, PRC and PNA but now realize, they don't in fact have to do anything as mentioned, just keep it as it is.
In fact, the enforcement of the concurrency rules will remain forever there as it has been since 1987 with NO uplifting of that requirement as long as there's a high UNEMPLOYMENT rate of CA nursing students. CA BON 2011 survey of new grads and RN's show a near 50% of nurses unable to find their first job within a year and I think it gets worse, as a "new grad" applicant means one must apply within one year of their graduation, NOT within one year of passing the NCLEX. Another strike in getting hired as a foreign nurse: by the time, one passes thru the application, take the NCLEX one day after getting the ATT and pass the first time, there's only a month or two to apply if that, way too close.
Morale of the story: get your education in the States if you can, you're NOT saving any money from any PH school, you're also wasting valuable time in going to a PH school, in today's world and economy.