Some Tips and Advice for a 2nd courser

  1. Hi! I am 28 years old, goiing 29 next year(obviously), I am an engineering graduate and I plan to take up BSN as a second course, the reason I'm going for this is probably the same as yours...I'm planning to take up BSN in Silliman University(hopefully)...I have work now in Cebu...its good but I dont think it will take me where I want to go...

    Do you have any tips and advices to give me...by the way I will start probably next year...I wnated it to be October but SU does not admit second coursers on the middle of the school year...

    Some questions:
    1. Do you have any idea how long it usually takes for a second courser to finsh BSN?

    TY
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  2. 31 Comments

  3. by   FutureUSRN
    three years....but there are one year program available in some cities.
  4. by   icky47
    Quote from FutureUSRN
    three years....but there are one year program available in some cities.
    ok, i know theres a 2 year program in one of the schools in Bacolod, never heard of the one year program though...i think it only applies to grads who have a medical degree say doctors...and i am an engineering grad.

    but I dont want to be the one to regret it if the future brings some unexpected turns...I'd rather endure 3 years of school and have a future full of positive certainties than go through a year of schooling and end up as one of the worried graduates...its like the saying(in military),"the more sweat in training the less blood in battle", " or the harder you train the easier the fight will be..."

    something like that...


    i am assuming that there are successful 1-year course takers, but if you look at the training you're going to get,, its pretty obvious the the three year course is better...but thats just me...hehehe...IMO these 1 year long course is dangerous to the filipino nursing industry...
  5. by   FutureUSRN
    I am a second courser and I took three years....
  6. by   icky47
    Quote from FutureUSRN
    I am a second courser and I took three years....
    i guess we have the same sentiments about those "crash" courses...hehehe...
    where did you take up your BSN? Is it in SU?

    Thanks for the reply FutureUSRN
  7. by   pharm_studentnurse
    Hello everyone.. I'm also a second courser, I entered the curriculum last June 2005, being an allied medical course graduate, a pharmacist, I was able to qualify as an AHSE II student... I'm currently a BSN III student right now... Hoping to graduate in 2008... that's 3 years... hopefully...
  8. by   callcen2RN
    Im also planning to take up nursing by next year.....are there any schools in Cebu that offers a special program for second coursers who are not allied medical course grduates?. KG21121 , have you heared of any?
  9. by   miQ.
    Quote from KG21121
    but I dont want to be the one to regret it if the future brings some unexpected turns...I'd rather endure 3 years of school and have a future full of positive certainties than go through a year of schooling and end up as one of the worried graduates...its like the saying(in military),"the more sweat in training the less blood in battle", " or the harder you train the easier the fight will be..."

    i totally agree with you... i took up nursing for three years and one extra semester since my first degree is more on the arts...it saved me a great deal of trouble when i applied for the NLE... as you may know, second courses need to be interviewed by the BON before applying for the local board...In the interview, the only question the BON member asked me was how many years i took up nursing...i heard it wasnt that easy with other students...I think the BON are rather skeptical about second courses who finished the degree in less than two years...because of obvious reasons...

    i can only think of two things to advice you... read up and "abuse" your clinical instructors during your community and hospital duties...just learn as much as you can... and im pretty sure you'd do well in the local and foreign exams... goodluck!:wink2:
  10. by   icky47
    Quote from callcen2RN
    Im also planning to take up nursing by next year.....are there any schools in Cebu that offers a special program for second coursers who are not allied medical course grduates?. KG21121 , have you heared of any?
    hello callcen2RN -

    we're on the same page here!!! Where do you work? and how old are you?

    I know some schools in Cebu that offer good nursing ed for second coursers, for one there's Cebu Doctors University(formerly a College), I think they do accept second coursers(but let me check).

    If I were you though I would just go to some city where there's not much distractions going on...and one would be dumaguete, it's not far from Cebu, you can go home once every month if you like, even every week if you can manage the time well(not to mention money matters on your travel), my point is if your gonna go to school as a second courser it better be good and planned well., and that the lesser the distraction the more you learn, Cebu is a metropolitan City, every move you make equates to money spent...but if you're in dgte, its better,food is cheaper,rent is cheaper and its not too polluted, better time mangement as theres not much traffic jams there compared to Cebu...

    To know the best and worst nursing schools in the Philippines go to
    http://www.cade2005.ca/philippine-nursing-school.php
    CDU by the way is included here, a couple of nothches after SU, so i guess its gonna be up to you to choose which one you'll take...

    there are some useful URLs on this site too. I always get updates on this URL as the author usually has some updates.

    Quote from pharm_bsn
    Hello everyone.. I'm also a second courser, I entered the curriculum last June 2005, being an allied medical course graduate, a pharmacist, I was able to qualify as an AHSE II student... I'm currently a BSN III student right now... Hoping to graduate in 2008... that's 3 years... hopefully...
    Good for you...What school are you in right now and how old?

    Quote from mIQ
    i totally agree with you... i took up nursing for three years and one extra semester since my first degree is more on the arts...it saved me a great deal of trouble when i applied for the NLE... as you may know, second courses need to be interviewed by the BON before applying for the local board...In the interview, the only question the BON member asked me was how many years i took up nursing...i heard it wasnt that easy with other students...I think the BON are rather skeptical about second courses who finished the degree in less than two years...because of obvious reasons...

    i can only think of two things to advice you... read up and "abuse" your clinical instructors during your community and hospital duties...just learn as much as you can... and im pretty sure you'd do well in the local and foreign exams... goodluck
    Thanks miQ for the advice...i dont want to feel how those students who went on a nursing "crash course"(so to speak) felt, its really hard for someone to accept the fact that they wont pass the board exams because of they took these tempting offers from some schools, its just s waste of time, money and effort!

    what do you mean by "ABUSE", the read up thing i can manage, the abuse thing...hahaha, im thinking dirty here...
    Last edit by icky47 on Aug 15, '06
  11. by   pharm_studentnurse
    Hi KG21121... I'm currently taking my BSN here at Lucena City, Quezon Province... I'm 22 years old right now...
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Aug 16, '06
  12. by   callcen2RN
    Quote from KG21121
    hello callcen2RN -

    we're on the same page here!!! Where do you work? and how old are you?

    I know some schools in Cebu that offer good nursing ed for second coursers, for one there's Cebu Doctors University(formerly a College), I think they do accept second coursers(but let me check).

    If I were you though I would just go to some city where there's not much distractions going on...and one would be dumaguete, it's not far from Cebu, you can go home once every month if you like, even every week if you can manage the time well(not to mention money matters on your travel), my point is if your gonna go to school as a second courser it better be good and planned well., and that the lesser the distraction the more you learn, Cebu is a metropolitan City, every move you make equates to money spent...but if you're in dgte, its better,food is cheaper,rent is cheaper and its not too polluted, better time mangement as theres not much traffic jams there compared to Cebu...

    To know the best and worst nursing schools in the Philippines go to
    http://www.cade2005.ca/philippine-nursing-school.php
    CDU by the way is included here, a couple of nothches after SU, so i guess its gonna be up to you to choose which one you'll take...

    there are some useful URLs on this site too. I always get updates on this URL as the author usually has some updates....

    Hello KG21121,

    Thanks for the inputs. I guess my username speaks for the industry Im in right now and Im actually somwhere in Mandaue. Im 25 by the way, how about you, where do you work?....I see that you are really quitting your job and be a full time nursing student. I like the tought but what Im actually inteseted in doing is work and study at the same time, if possible. I have an officemate who's already taking her 1st sem in Cebu Doc said that it's really hard and she's already thinking of quitting her job. And this is what I wanted to do, work and study as long as I still can and quit my job when it's really needed. I mean, having an income of your own is a whole lot better than asking from your parents. Esp. that Ive been working for years now. TSK TSK TSK. On the other hand, if ever there's no way that I can work and study at the same time, the city that Im eyeing where Im gonna study is Davao. Its a pretty nice place and Ive heared that the schools are good, esp. in their special programs for second coursers.
  13. by   miQ.
    Quote from KG21121
    what do you mean by "ABUSE", the read up thing i can manage, the abuse thing...hahaha, im thinking dirty here...
    im quite sure your mind wont even dare think "dirty" had you been in my school...
  14. by   tac
    Quote from callcen2RN
    Im also planning to take up nursing by next year.....are there any schools in Cebu that offers a special program for second coursers who are not allied medical course grduates?. KG21121 , have you heared of any?
    Try University of Visaya in Cebu City. They are accepting 2nd courser I just called couple weeks ago maybe I'm going there this coming November.

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