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Hello everyone!

I'm originally from Nigeria but I got my bachelor's of science in Nursing in the Philippines. After graduating I enrolled for a master degree in public health and got done less than a year ago.

The Philippines don't allow any other nationals to take their local RN exams, so I didn't take their local board exam. Right now I'm working as a teacher in China.

I want to take an Nclex RN exam next year, I have gone through most states BON requirements, one of the requirements for a foreign trained is to be an RN from their home country or where they were trained.

Is there anyway I can take Nclex without me being an RN either from my home country or where I was trained?

Are there states that doesn't require applicants to be an RN from their home country or where they were trained as a requirement for foreigners?

Any suggestion will be really helpful.

Thanks

Specializes in Telemetry, Emergency, Cardiology, Respiratory. Has 11 years experience.

Hi wil19,

Please read the following excerpt from the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002:

Article 4 Section 13. Qualifications for Admission to the Licensure Examination. - In order to be admitted to the examination for nurses, an applicant must, at the time of filing his/her application, establish to the satisfaction of the Board that:

(a) He/she is a citizen of the Philippines, or a citizen or subject of a country which permits Filipino nurses to practice within its territorial limits on the same basis as the subject or citizen of such country: Provided, That the requirements for the registration or licensing of nurses in said country are substantially the same as those prescribed in this Act;"

If Nigeria registers Filipino nurses then that means, by application of the Act, you should be able to apply for the board exam in the Philippines.

As for sitting the NCLEX-RN without having been licensed in the Philippines (Your country of education), I'm not sure where to stand on this. The state boards determine your eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN and they each have their own eligibility criteria. I think most states, if not all, will require this and if they don't CGFNS requires it anyway. Either way, your options become limited if you don't write and pass they Philippine licensure exam. If you other English-speaking countries like Canada, Australia, UK, And New Zealand, they all require licensure in country of education.

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Silverdragon102, BSN

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Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 35 years experience.

Sometimes submitting a letter of explanation is all that is required. You need to ask the state if they will accept it or not

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 46 years experience.

Nothing to contribute to your question, but what an interesting life you must lead!

wil19

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Hi wil19,

Please read the following excerpt from the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002:

Article 4 Section 13. Qualifications for Admission to the Licensure Examination. - In order to be admitted to the examination for nurses, an applicant must, at the time of filing his/her application, establish to the satisfaction of the Board that:

(a) He/she is a citizen of the Philippines, or a citizen or subject of a country which permits Filipino nurses to practice within its territorial limits on the same basis as the subject or citizen of such country: Provided, That the requirements for the registration or licensing of nurses in said country are substantially the same as those prescribed in this Act;"

If Nigeria registers Filipino nurses then that means, by application of the Act, you should be able to apply for the board exam in the Philippines.

As for sitting the NCLEX-RN without having been licensed in the Philippines (Your country of education), I'm not sure where to stand on this. The state boards determine your eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN and they each have their own eligibility criteria. I think most states, if not all, will require this and if they don't CGFNS requires it anyway. Either way, your options become limited if you don't write and pass they Philippine licensure exam. If you other English-speaking countries like Canada, Australia, UK, And New Zealand, they all require licensure in country of education.

When I found out that such law existed, I was on the verge of leaving the Philippines and I didn't have much time available to get get more details about it.

I will write or call some states BON to know what are their requirements, going on the websites there's no much information regard my situation.

Thanks for the input.

wil19

7 Posts

Thanks, I will do that.

honeybee_23

20 Posts

Yes, based on a friend's experience, writing a letter of reccommendation is good enough. As far as I know as long as you aren't a Filipino citizen, you definitely can't take the exam. They were really strict on this when I was applying for it.

wil19

7 Posts

Yes, based on a friend's experience, writing a letter of reccommendation is good enough. As far as I know as long as you aren't a Filipino citizen, you definitely can't take the exam. They were really strict on this when I was applying for it.

Will the recommendation letter be from the school?

honeybee_23

20 Posts

I'm sorry, I meant letter of explanation! My friend wrote it herself and included supporting documents (for her it was because she couldn't stay to take the board exam and had to go back to the US - so basically no opportunity to do so).

wil19

7 Posts

I'm sorry, I meant letter of explanation! My friend wrote it herself and included supporting documents (for her it was because she couldn't stay to take the board exam and had to go back to the US - so basically no opportunity to do so).

Okay, thank you. I have some papers written and signed by my college dean stating the reason why I couldn't write the local board.

Your explanation is really helpful!!

Shindy

16 Posts

We are in this together. Am also a Nigerian studying nursing in d phils. Have you tried sending a message to CFGNS? Explain d situation and ask if a letter of explanation will fly? I think they are more particular about a local licence more than the BONs

wil19

7 Posts

We are in this together. Am also a Nigerian studying nursing in d phils. Have you tried sending a message to CFGNS? Explain d situation and ask if a letter of explanation will fly? I think they are more particular about a local licence more than the BONs

Yes, I did. I already filled out an application for my credentials evaluation services on their website. They want me to make sure the state I will apply for will allow me take their NCLEX without having a license anywhere.