There are more nursing schools in the Philippines than I could list even if I spent days doing the research. The important thing about selecting one is that the courses and the degree completion program has to be CHED (Commission on Higher Education) accredited if you’re going pursue a career in the United States. Yes, there are some nursing schools that aren’t accredited, for whatever reason. It’s best to investigate any particular school before enrolling. Your investigation shouldn’t end there, however, because there are other things to consider.
Costs Associated with Nursing Schools in the Philippines
The first cost to consider is enrollment. The prices vary depending on site and how much of the school’s resources are dedicated to nursing students.
Compared to the costs associated with nursing schools in the United States, the tuition fees and everything else you may have to pay for will amaze you. One semester in the United States will cost more than four years of college in the Philippines.
I write from experience. I put my younger son through college at a nursing school in the Philippines and the most expensive semester was around 24,000 pesos (or around $575.00 in US dollars based on the foreign currency exchange rate back then). He graduated in 2011.
Conversion of Credits for a Career in the United States
This is a gotcha you can’t overlook. The nursing boards of each state have different, yet similar, requirements. The one requirement that’s the same regardless of the state is that the credits have to be converted by a recognized institution. Here’s four of them:
- CGFNS International
- Education Records Evaluation Service
- International Education Research Foundation
- Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.
Each institution charges $300+ for each set of transcripts. Also, the transcripts must come directly from the school. You will need someone in the Philippines, who you can trust, to make sure the transcripts get mailed. Using Federal Express may be more expensive than regular postal mail, but regular postal mail often gets lost or delayed for long periods.
Nursing Schools in Olongapo City and at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone
I know people who’ve attended a nursing school in Olongapo City and others who’ve attending a nursing school at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (which is right next to Olongapo City). My younger son went to George Dewey Medication College, which started out as “Global City Innovative College”. It was at the freeport zone, in the area at Cubi Point where the US naval hospital used to be. It changed hands and names while he was attending.
The college I know about in Olongapo City is “Gordon College”. It’s a much older building and it probably costs half of what George Dewey charges. It’s also easier to get to from anywhere in the city. If I had to do it all over again, I would have sent my son there.
There are probably other colleges with nursing courses there that I don’t know about. It’s not something I look for when I’m out and about.
A Career in the United States
The first hurdle to get over is being able to go to the United States. This isn’t an issue for people coming from the United States to begin with. This also doesn’t affect dual citizens.
Most Filipinos going to nursing schools in the Philippines will end up working in the Philippines, once they pass the board exam in Manila. A few will find a way to get to the United States and go through the licensing ordeal there.
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