Will I study here or in the US?

  1. Hi.
    I'm from the Philippines and I'll be marrying my US fiance within 2 years. I already finished a bachelor's degree. However, I am planning to take nursing as a second degree. I am in a dilemma whether to take nursing while I wait and continue it in the US or just start my nursing school in the US.

    Hoping for your replies. Thank you!
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  2. Poll: Where will I study nursing?

    • Start nursing school in the Philippines and finish it

      0% 0
    • Start nursing school while waiting and continue it in the US

      0% 0
    • Start nursing school in the US

      100.00% 3
    3 Votes / Multiple Choice
  3. 12 Comments

  4. by   Atl-Murse
    Sure, ask online trolls how to plan your life. I say just do neither
  5. by   Denise Alessia
    Wow. What a very useful comment
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    That is something you and your fiancé need to figure out together for sure. BUT if you are going to be an RN in the USA well then it makes sense to go to school here as the standards and testing are different. You want to be prepared to pass the NCLEX in the USA.

    Good luck.
  7. by   AceOfHearts<3
    Nursing school isn't like most other programs and typically doesn't allow for transferring between programs without starting totally from scratch. All programs are different and want to make sure you've covered the material, not to mention the NCLEX pass rate is a very big deal for schools as it impacts accreditation. I don't think it would be possible for you to start in a nursing program in the Philippines and pick up in the same spot in the US. Therefore starting in the Philippines and not finishing would most likely be a waste of time and money.

    Statistically speaking US educated nurses have a much much higher rate of passing the NCLEX, especially on the first attempt, than foreign educated nurses. With that in mind it makes much more sense to go to school in the US since you want to practice here.

    Another thing to take into account is if the BON (board of nursing) in whatever state you'll be residing in thinks your degree from the Philippines is equivalent to the degree of a nurse educated in the US. This is another reason why it makes sense to go to school in the country you intend to work in. I was educated here in the US and if I wanted to go to the UK and work my credentials might not transfer over because they have different standards (nursing education in the UK is specific to speciality and in the US the programs are generalized preparing nurses with the basics to work in any speciality).
  8. by   Simplistic
    I would definitely start nursing school here in the US, just so you dont have to deal with the hassle of trying to transfer classes.
  9. by   Denise Alessia
    What would you suggest, to take LPN-RN or ADN? I have read a lot about nursing in the US, however, I am still confused with the different nursing curriculum. Feel free to give me advices. Thank you very much, SmilingBlueEyes
  10. by   Denise Alessia
    Thank you for your reply, Simplistic How much will it cost me when I go to Community College? I am worried with expenses
  11. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from Denise Alessia
    What would you suggest, to take LPN-RN or ADN? I have read a lot about nursing in the US, however, I am still confused with the different nursing curriculum. Feel free to give me advices. Thank you very much, SmilingBlueEyes

    You are not an LPN therefore you are ineligible for LPN to RN.

    Whether ADN or BSN depends on where in the US and job competition. If you want to work inpatient acute hospital BSN is the minimum in many facilities

    As you will be considered an international student since you will not have established residency to be eligible for local resident rates you have to check with the individual schools. Most of the US has a surplus of new grad inexperienced and under/unemployed nurses. You did not state what you initially studied but may want to look into options and the local market.
  12. by   Denise Alessia
    Hi. I graduated BA Social Sciences Major in Social Anthropology - Minor in Political Science. Will US residence rates not applicable for me even if I will get my green card?

    Is BSN a four year course?

    Thank you
  13. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from Denise Alessia
    Hi. I graduated BA Social Sciences Major in Social Anthropology - Minor in Political Science. Will US residence rates not applicable for me even if I will get my green card?

    Is BSN a four year course?

    Thank you

    residency (living in the local area for 12+ months) not immigration status determines in county/in state/out of state/international rates. This goes for everyone from someone born in the US to green card. If I lived in NY for the past 15 years I don't qualify for instate tuition in PA until I have resided there for at least 12 months. The benefit of a green card is you don't have to apply as an international student needing a student visa and the associated costs and restrictions

    BSN is a 128 credit hour program. There are accelerated BSN programs that are highly competitive and cost the graduate school rate not undergrad.

    You can look into if your credits apply to a graduate degree in social work and perhaps consider a social worker or case management. Best bet would be to pick a school and contact the admissions department to find out your options, an estimate of tuition, and what majors might be the most efficient and economical for you to pursue.

    Good luck
  14. by   Denise Alessia
    Thank you

    If ever I will start to study nursing here in the Philippines on August and my fiance will file the petition in 2019, can I go back to the Philippines after we get married and after I receive my green card to continue nursing? Will it affect my status as a green card holder?
  15. by   Silverdragon102
    If studying outside the US there is I believe a form you need completing to prove you are not abandoning your gc

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