Is it possible for a American to go to school in the Philippines to study nursing?

  1. I heard some of my friends talking that they were thinking about nursing in the Philippines. Is that possible to get a ADN Degree in Nursing and return to the states as a RN?


    Thank you. Any advise would be helpful.
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  3. by   Hoss
    The only licensed RN program here is a Bachelors of Nursing, BSN. This year they increased the program to 5 years of study from the previous 4 years.

    You are far better off waiting for a good ADN program to open up a slot in the USA, or if you wish, go for the 4 year BSN there in the USA.

    Hoss
  4. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from parkingmanager
    i heard some of my friends talking that they were thinking about nursing in the philippines. is that possible to get a adn degree in nursing and return to the states as a rn?


    thank you. any advise would be helpful.
    there is no adn programs in the philippines, only bsn. yes, you can study there even if you are are an american, but you need a student visa. i suggest look for nursing school in the us first, go for your adn if you can. going to the philippines as a foreign student is not easy.culture wise, and there is a big difference in quality of education..you need to study twice as hard when its time for nclexrn.
    and the bad part is, you will always be considered as a foreign grad, even if you are an american citizen.
  5. by   elkpark
    Also, even if you are a US citizen, you would still be a graduate of a foreign nursing school and would have to jump through all the extra hoops that foreign graduates do to get licensed in the US.
  6. by   parkingmanager
    Wow!! Thanks you for the info. Why the increase?

    Quote from Hoss
    The only licensed RN program here is a Bachelors of Nursing, BSN. This year they increased the program to 5 years of study from the previous 4 years.

    You are far better off waiting for a good ADN program to open up a slot in the USA, or if you wish, go for the 4 year BSN there in the USA.

    Hoss
  7. by   suzanne4
    There are actually a couple of schools that are advertising the ADN in the Philippines, but please do not listen to what they are trying to sell, it is not accepted for licensure in the US, no matter what they are telling you.

    Licensure requires that the nurse hold an equivalent to a first level RN in the country where they trained, and only the BSN is accepted for licensure there, they do not recognize the ADN.

    And as others have mentioned, just being an American, does not waive the requirements for licensure as a foreign nurse that you will have to meet for the rest of your career. Licensure and immigration are two completely different things, and you will always be considered a foreign-trained nurse.
  8. by   w_padre
    Quote from parkingmanager
    I heard some of my friends talking that they were thinking about nursing in the Philippines. Is that possible to get a ADN Degree in Nursing and return to the states as a RN?


    Thank you. Any advise would be helpful.

    yes of course. i have a friend. she's on her 3rd year now here in the Philippines, and she's an american. according to her, education is costly in the US.
  9. by   mitchdlbartolome
    Should you decide to take nursing here in the Philippines, just leave a message and I'll give you a list of nursing schools locally.

    Mitch
  10. by   marwan
    If you do the math, your cost of living expenses in the Phils. will exceed whatever you have to pay for tuition in the US for ADN. Also, do a thorough research on the student-CI or student-patient ratio.

    Good luck.
  11. by   prolife
    Awsome thread! I am a Canadian considering taking the BSN in Phils. My contribution in regards to advice on this thread is limited as I am more a learner and cannot claim to be knowledgeable on this topic beyond what I gleaned from some helpful posts I received on my own thread that I started on this same topic. What I will say as a generality is I think anyone seriously considering a nursing career should consider a BSN if they are at all capable of completing the program. In Canada and I assume in the US a BSN is much preferred by our helath districts and institutions. A BSN opens up many more opportunities than a diploma.

    Just my .......
  12. by   redranger
    Quote from marwan
    If you do the math, your cost of living expenses in the Phils. will exceed whatever you have to pay for tuition in the US for ADN. Also, do a thorough research on the student-CI or student-patient ratio.
    Good luck.
    In my opinion: Most Americans couldn't take the living conditions or the study conditions in PI.

    My wife textbooks were photographic copies of textbooks handed out to the class.

    During her duty she would stay in a boarding house, about the size of storage shed in USA, with only cold running water, no Air Con, and a matt on the concrete floor to sleep on.
  13. by   Ginger's Mom
    More importantly what kind of clinical experience did your wife have? Other than washing Latex gloves, was she able to learning nursing at 21st century standards? Also did she have experienced instructors? Has she passe the NLE? Is she employed now?
  14. by   Daly City RN
    Quote from redranger
    In my opinion: Most Americans couldn't take the living conditions or the study conditions in PI.
    Quote from redranger

    My wife textbooks were photographic copies of textbooks handed out to the class.

    During her duty she would stay in a boarding house, about the size of storage shed in USA, with only cold running water, no Air Con, and a matt on the concrete floor to sleep on.
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    I feel sorry for your wife's living condition in the Philippines. I'm wondering which nursing school she attended. If you are supporting her with U.S. dollars, your money should go a long way in the Philippines and she could have chosen a much better school and a nicer place of abode.

    In one of my my recent visits to the Philippines I visited a privatre nursing school in Metro Manila and one look I could sense that many of the students hail from the middle to upper middle class families. The student nurses wore fine uniforms, they looked "well fed" and there are many late model cars in the parking lot. By the way, being "well fed" means a lot in a Third World country like the Philippines.

    I am aware of the many fine boarding houses for students that are air-conditioned, they provide delicious food and are located in nice neighborhoods.

    My nephew graduated from a very expensive university and he received excellent nursing education. He passed both the NLE and NCLEX last year. His younger brother is follwing his footsteps. Fortunately for them they are coming to the U.S.A. pretty soon on a relative-based immigrant petition.

    Although there are still many excellent nursing schools in the Philippines I do not recommend for an American to go to the Philippines to study nursing over there. When you return to the U.S. you will be considered a foreign graduate and with retrogression in effect you may encounter many difficulties.

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