Requirements to taking the NCLEX as a Filipino Nursing Graduate

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Hell everyone, my name is Christopher. I'm currently entering my second year of Nursing at a University here in the Philippines. I'm also an Americian Citizen. I was doing some research cause I heard that the Board of Nursing in California - that is the state where I plan on working in because i'm from there - placed some new rules and guidelines regarding Filipino Nursing Graduates and I just have a few questions

  1. Is it true that even as an American Citizen I have to get licensed here - in the Philippines - before I can start working in California ?
  2. Is it also true that if my curriculum doesn't follow California's Board of Nursing curriculum, i'm ineligible to take the NCLEX anyway considering that I might be deficient?
  3. Is there a list that someone can show me for the requirements as a international nurse that I must meet to work in California as a RN?

Thank you for reading and taking the time to answer my questions. Also, if anyone is wondering, I went to school in the Philippines because I couldn't afford school in America and I also didn't want to take out a student loan - I figured if I did, I might be in debt as an adult relatively quickly.

bluebonnet12

Has 10 years experience.

Re: question #1, even if you're american citizen the fact that you have your nursing education there that means you really have to be an RN there first before you can apply back to california or take nclex (i think) Because as foriegn graduate they require you to submit papers from your school and from the PRC and they would assess it first before they approve you to take nclex. Or you may call california board of nursing and ask for clarification regarding your concerns.

Hell everyone, my name is Christopher. I'm currently entering my second year of Nursing at a University here in the Philippines. I'm also an Americian Citizen. I was doing some research cause I heard that the Board of Nursing in California - that is the state where I plan on working in because i'm from there - placed some new rules and guidelines regarding Filipino Nursing Graduates and I just have a few questions

[*]Is it true that even as an American Citizen I have to get licensed here - in the Philippines - before I can start working in California ?

[*]Is it also true that if my curriculum doesn't follow California's Board of Nursing curriculum, i'm ineligible to take the NCLEX anyway considering that I might be deficient?

[*]Is there a list that someone can show me for the requirements as a international nurse that I must meet to work in California as a RN?

Thank you for reading and taking the time to answer my questions. Also, if anyone is wondering, I went to school in the Philippines because I couldn't afford school in America and I also didn't want to take out a student loan - I figured if I did, I might be in debt as an adult relatively quickly.

You can apply either Florida or New Mexico. These states wont require a Philippine RN license. You cant endorse back to California because of the concurrency issue

It remains to be seen if any of the 2013 new PH grads will soon meet the CA BON minimum requirements (in regards to the concurrency rules that has been in the CA BON policy since 1952) as these are not new requirements being imposed, but rather a very strict enforcement of the 60 plus years.

If your current courses are being conducted in the proper manner today, as spelled out per the CA BON requirements you should be safe by the time you graduate. You are probably better off to "demand and request" copies of what the CA BON requirements directly from your school office then to see what they are from CA BON themselves. I don't think anyone heard or found access to those "requirements", but certainly the school must have them or ask the CHED or PRC or PNA. It's your money being spent there, it's your rights to know.

Really, you need to "hammer" down your dean on making sure they can give you 100% assurance that your school will meet or exceed the CA BON requirements, but more so for the concurrency issues. Make him or her swear on a stack of Bibles.

With regards to having to provide a copy of the local PH license, you may get away from it by simply writing a letter of explanation that you were unable to take the exam as you are a USC. But there could come a ruling one day that states basically "we don't care why you can't provide a copy of your local nursing license for whatever reasons", so then it becomes your problem, not any BON's problem---NO local nursing license, NO approval.

You also apply in NY without a local license, but again, don't be surprised if these states later decide to pass new application process requirements of needing to show proof, as did Nevada which just recently passed that effective Jan. 2013.

As much from other poster, getting an out of state license is no guarantee, that one can endorse back into CA or any state enforcing the concurrency rules, as each state will review your original college transcripts and CA do its own evaluations.

Really, you need to "hammer" down your dean on making sure they can give you 100% assurance that your school will meet or exceed the CA BON requirements, but more so for the concurrency issues. Make him or her swear on a stack of Bibles.

Lol, Ironically I do go to a pretty religious University. Well, thank you everyone for the tips and advice. Just one final question

1. I feel that i've made a mistake by coming here just to avoid taking out a student loan. :( Have I?

  1. Is it true that even as an American Citizen I have to get licensed here - in the Philippines - before I can start working in California ?

-It is much better if you pass the board exam and have a license in the Philippines.

  1. Is it also true that if my curriculum doesn't follow California's Board of Nursing curriculum, i'm ineligible to take the NCLEX anyway considering that I might be deficient?

-Yes, Usually the concurrent issue is taking the theoretical and clinical at the same time, Which means when your on your OB lecture you need to have your cases in OB at the same semester, Same as the other subjects.

Is there a list that someone can show me for the requirements as a international nurse that I must meet to work in California as a RN?

-Everyone has to go the same process apply for the NCLEX.

1. I feel that i've made a mistake by coming here just to avoid taking out a student loan. :( Have I?

Yes and it is not too late to return home and obtain a US education.

Hi! I am new to this thread. I am also a nurse from the Philippines and I intend to take the NCLEX for the state of Illinois. In the application package, it says there that I need to submit a CES from CGFNS. I have already obtained my CGFNS certificate as well as my VISA Screen. As I read further down the instruction, it says that in lieu of the CES I can submit a proof of issuance of the original certificates given by CGFNS such as the CGFNS Certificate and Visa Screen. Can I just send photocopies of these 2 certificates or do I need to request CGFNS to send copies to the Board of Nursing..Thank you very much!!!!

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Hi! I am new to this thread. I am also a nurse from the Philippines and I intend to take the NCLEX for the state of Illinois. In the application package, it says there that I need to submit a CES from CGFNS. I have already obtained my CGFNS certificate as well as my VISA Screen. As I read further down the instruction, it says that in lieu of the CES I can submit a proof of issuance of the original certificates given by CGFNS such as the CGFNS Certificate and Visa Screen. Can I just send photocopies of these 2 certificates or do I need to request CGFNS to send copies to the Board of Nursing..Thank you very much!!!!

You need to request CGFNS to send a copy

avi8tor69

Specializes in OR-ICU. Has 16 years experience.

1. I feel that i've made a mistake by coming here just to avoid taking out a student loan. :( Have I?

My husband is graduating this December ADN community college hee in southern Calif with a 100% Nclex pass rate. His tuition for this final semester is $450 .Last semester was the same amount. Total for two years of nursing school tuition = $2500 . Books were less than 500 bucks. You don't need no student loan for that.

Thank you very much.. As always you are very prompt in answering my queries. I just finished my IELTS Exam and will be waiting for the result so that I can apply for a visa screen..hopefully i can have the certificate before my PD becomes current. Again, thanks!!