i have narrowed down my school selection to brokenshire college, davao doctors college and san pedro college.
san pedro college was considered a good school when i was in the philippines in the 90's. i think brokenshire and davao doctor's are also older and more established schools.
my questions are this...
1. is there an age restriction to enter the nursing program in any of these schools for a foreigner?
you'll need to get in touch with the specific schools. the posters here may not have first hand experience with the above schools.
san pedro college's website seems to be down but the link is: http://www.spcdavao.edu.ph
brokenshire's website link is: http://www.brokenshire.edu.ph/
davao doctor's website link is: http://www.davaodoctors.edu.ph/
i worked with an rn who graduated from ateneo de davao who happens to be an excellent nurse.
2. what are my chances for admission to any of these schools, given the fact that my hs transripts are from 1993 and my last formal tertiary education has not been since 1999? as a foreign student will i need to take an entrance exam?
only the schools can answer that.
3. how long would it take to obtain a student visa? i have been reading mixed information, the consulate says i need to have a notification of acceptance, while the college sites say i need to have the student visa to apply. i am hoping i find someone who has been through this for some clarity.
the school should assist you with this.
4. assuming i am able to attend school and graduate being a us citizen i realize i would not be able to take the nle. i also realize i will need to get a cvs for to sit for the nclex in ny. how long will this process take and is there anyway to expedite this?
i thought foreign nationals can now take the nle. don't know why this myth is still being spread in this forum.
i am an older student (though i don't look old) i may have a hard time assimilating to college life and to my younger classmates
it will be different. but you're doing it for yourself not the other students. i bet the students would get a kick out of having you around the campus. they will surely make fun of your "broken tagalog" and inability to speak cebuano. you may either hate or love your "celebrity status" for a while.
i am filipino but a very americanized filipino .. i don't even associate with other filipinos in ny other than my family.
that will be a hard adjustment to make. you may find it hard to communicate with classmates. i don't know to what extent tagalog is spoken in davao. many students will probably speak in cebuano more so than tagalog. i am originally from manila and have a very tough time understanding other filipinos who speak cebuano, ilocano, or bicolano around me. but filipinos are friendly in nature and you'll never feel like an outsider. sooner or later, i'm sure you'll pick up basic skills in the native language.
i am attending school in davao with every intention of returning to ny to practice. i'm not sure if this is frowned upon at the colleges i am attending
it's common to have foreign students in large universities and colleges in the philippines. when i attended a university in manila, we had students from other asian countries and the middle east. the nursing programs usually have one or two filipino-americans in the entire batch. the one classmate i had back then spoke tagalog really well though.
when i do return it will be very difficult to sit and pass the nclex and get licensed
you'll have to meet the requirements as a foreign-trained nurse. ny requires the cvs which does take months to get approved. if the school you attended is a reputable one, you have a better chance of passing the nclex. you'll also need to meet requirements as a foreign-trained nurse when you endorse your license to another state or when you seek admission to graduate schools for a master's or doctoral degree. it's not a big deal for me as someone with a philippine bsn and i've endorsed my license to other states. i also have a graduate degree here in the us...but it can be a source of frustration for others.
safety ... although i hear that davao city is the safest city in the philippines i am still weary being a foreigner
safety can be an issue for any foreigner in the philippines regardless of location. poverty has pushed some to engage in illegal acts and certain individuals do take advantage of unsuspecting foreigners. you can't just trust anyone in the street just like it is in ny where you live now. most universities are secure when you're inside the campus. outside of the campus, it is key to avoid drawing attention to yourself as a foreigner. as an individual of filipino descent, you'll probably blend in better if you dress and look like the rest of the crowd. you'll have to live with family - i don't suggest you live on your own at all. you don't know enough of the culture to be able to get by on your own.
weigh the pros and cons well. i think it's a good idea to get in touch with your heritage and spend time in the philippines while attending college there. obviously, the trade off is that you will be considered a foreign-trained nurse when applying for licensure and educational advancement.