Any knowledge of New England College in Quezon City, Philippines?


Hello, all:

My situation is similar to other posts found here. I am an American man in my mid 40s, seeking a career change. I am in Iraq now as an advisor, but I am coming home soon and want to go into nursing. The prereq's for nursing consume about one year, the wait lists in the Detroit area for community colleges is two years, plus two years in the RN program comes out to about five years. I cannot wait this long for a career transition. My savings will not carry me anywhere near that long.

I contacted some schools in the Philippines, but they are age discriminatory. They will only accept those under 30 years of age. One school stated they will accept me. It is New England College in Quezon City, Philippines. It is a BSN program. Does anybody have any knowledge of this school? I have a list of top schools in terms of first-time passes on the Philippine nursing exam, but this school is *not* on it. I do not want to enter a diploma mill because it will be worthless to me if I cannot pass the nursing exam in the US after completing my training in the Philippines.

I will soon have a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, so I am looking for a school in the Philippines that will admit me as a "second courser," the term I believe that is equivalent to the "BSN as a second degree" program in the US.

One other option: If the BSN in the Philippines is not workable, can you give me some information on the LPN. I cannot find stateside schools offering training in LPN. Where does one get this training?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Silverdragon102, BSN

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As far as I am aware the Philippine government is trying to do away with second courses. If you do your nurse training outside of the US and plan to work in the US you will always be classed as a foreign trained nurse and have to meet the state requirements for foreign trained nurse which can mean a long delay before you can work as a RN. Unless you have Philippine citizenship you will not be able to sit NLE and as some state now require local license you will have to get something official from PRC stating you can not sit the exam. LPN training is offered in the US and would suggest you check out the student or LPN forum for further information.

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

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Please read all the posts where people have gone to the Philippines and now having a difficult time ( no local license, not being able to pass, etc). There are no short cuts for nursing, there is a reason why you need to take all the science courses.

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

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I just when to their web site, they have not graduated a single nurse, track record for these type of schools will lead to probable failure of the NLE.

You would absolutely be much better off attending a nursing school in the US for a myriad of reasons.

The percentage of Philippines-trained nurses who pass the NCLEX is very low. Most nursing graduates cannot even pass their own licensure exam, the NLE! Perhaps you are remembering the stellar reputation that Filipino nurses had years ago. Unfortunately, this reputation no longer holds true--there are far too many low-quality programs that are overcrowded to the point where clinical experience is inadequate for the modern healthcare environment.

US schools are also more amenable to career-changers (or, as they say in the Philippines, "second-coursers.") When I started nursing school here in the US, I was in my late 30's, and there were many people my own age who were also looking to nursing as a second career.

And, as others have mentioned, if your training is not in the US you would face some of the same hurdles as other foreign-trained nurses.

You may have to wait to attend a school in the US, but it will be to your benefit in the long run. Good luck.


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New England college in Quezon city? ... well i heard alot about them, i think you better check them out first. Better call CHED, schools need to be certified or accredited by this department otherwise it will be a waste of time and money.

Hello, Alexk49:

Perhaps you misunderstood the base of my post. I don't want to go to the Philippines because I looking for an easy program or to bypass science courses.

The only reason I was considering the Philippines is due to the wait lists here is the states. Just today a female nurse friend of mine sent me some info on a university. Great, they have a 16-month accelerated 'BSN as a second degree' program. Wonderful, hah? The problem? They require two years' worth of prerequisites just to enter the program.

In short, no matter if a person is seeking the RN through a community college or through a university via an accelerated BSN, the process is bogged down in waiting.

From what I have been able to gather, one can enter a Philippine program without the unnecessary waiting.

This is the one and only reason I was interested in schooling in the Philippines. Well, not actually. I've vacationed there and I loved it. The people there are warm, friendly, and welcoming. Plus there is no winter. :yeah:

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

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If your goal is to practice in the USA- 16 months of BSN and 2 years of required courses and you will be licensed in the USA if you pass the NCLEX/ Also going to school in the USA you find an employer much easier than being foreign trained. ALso there is talk about disallowing second coursers.

The school you have mentioned does not have one graduate, are you willing to be their guine pig?

Only 40% of foreign students pass the NCLEX the first time, US is in the high 80%. Many of the Philippine clinical instructors have not worked a day as a nurse, to me this is not quality education.

Many US states require a license were you went to school, you will not be able to take the NLE since you are not a citizen. That will limit where you can practice in the USA.

If you are interested in nursing, go to school for a LPN, there are LPN to RN bridge could be done in less than 4 years.

hello there,

i am a graduate of brokenshire college, we have a 2nd courser program that admits age students why don't you try it there.

in my city cost is less on everything even living , transpo, food and etc and i can give you some guidelines living here.

jlet me know if need info.


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ive seen that school along quezon avenue,

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

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If your goal is to practice in the USA and and you are a US resident your best education option is going to the USA.

A. The wait issue, you may have to wait to get into a program is valid, but if you attend a program in the Philippines you will have to wait about the same time to sit for the NCLEX and pass the paper work. You should also sit for the local license- so the wait time maybe longer going to the Philippines.

B. Finding a position in the USA, may students make contacts during your clinical rotations and are offered jobs. Your job application at least as a new grad will be placed after local grads. With the job market getting tough this is a factor.

C. Passing the NCLEX, as a US grad you will not have to spend months studying for a review and chances are 85% or higher passing the first time.

D. Moving about the USA. Most USA programs there are no issues getting another license.

E. If you are planning on making America your home, why not support the USA when now when the USA needs people to spending cash in the USA not off shore. Shouldn't you support the place called your "American Dream" during bad times or is only a place to take during good times?

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