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BS in Nursing in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year degree program that teaches students the necessary skills and knowledge for health care. It revolves around four main components; health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and health restoration. The program aims to develop nursing students who are capable of providing holistic care to individuals of different ages, gender, and health statuses. 

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in BS in Nursing are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Biochemistry
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Theoretical Foundations in Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nutrition and Diet Therapy
  • Nursing Informatics

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Nursing are expected to be able to:

  • Apply physical, social, natural, and health sciences and humanities in the practice of nursing
  • Deliver safe and appropriate to individuals, families, population groups and the nursing process
  • Abide and apply with guidelines and principles of evidence-based practice in the delivery of care
  • Comply with existing laws, legal, ethical, and moral principles
  • Effectively communicate through culturally-appropriate language

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in different hospital settings and community clinics. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Registered Nurse in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Nursing needs to pass the Nurse Licensure Exam. The examination is conducted by the Board of Nursing under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Nursing may pursue a career path in various hospital settings and community clinics. They may apply as a staff nurse, community health nurse, hospice nurse, geriatric nurse, clinical nurse, school nurse, private nurse, nurse educator, or a nurse practitioner. 

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Reviews of BS in Nursing graduates:

J. N.
◈ Studied BS in Nursing
◈ At Sacred Heart College
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletAbout my college education: It was enjoyable. We were the first batch of our college. Actually it doesn't feel like we were in college, it feels like being in High school all over again but subjects are just much harder. I felt like that for 2 years but when we started with hospital duties on our 3rd year, reality hit that I'm really taking up nursing and this is no joke. You've got to study hard for the exams, stay healthy in order not to have any absences or extensions, else you will have to have another shift at the hospital. Initiative & presence of mind is really needed as you are dealing with people's lives. It can affect the patients, you and your classmates, your teachers and especially when our school just started out so we have to be extra careful and be able to give out a good impression on others.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently a nurse coordinator for an assistance company for travel insurances.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. I hoped we could have skipped the 1st year subjects such as english subjects, filipino subjects and others that are really unrelated to the medical course. It would have been better if we had focused more on the nursing skills and nursing knowledge. I guess I've learned more after graduation once I have applied what I have learned. Well I do believe in learning by doing. If I could have honed more my nursing skills, I could have been more confident but alas I'm a bit clumsy and is therefore not confident in working at hospitals but I would have loved to try. I am currently using my nursing knowledge in my work since I don't deal directly to patients.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated 2007, passed the board exam the same year and had a job on the same year but it was only until january 2008 that I got my current job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Nursing: I guess I don't need to recommend Nursing because a lot of students are taking up this course but one reason why I took up this course is because of the wide variety of opportunities this course can offer. I am a nurse but I don't work at a hospital like a stereotype. Nurses are now needed in almost every area. In business companies, insurances, hotels, military, schools, even in spas/fitness centers. Fulfillment is up to the person. You might be a nurse at a hospital but if it is not your passion or interest, you will have no fulfillment but in this career especially, if you were able to help someone in need and they are grateful to you that is something. It is interesting in a sense that it never grows old. Technology keeps on growing and the past is forgotten but in nursing the old and the new is still being used. Salary level depends on where you work. They say nurses in the military has the best salary. Private nurse and government hospital nurses also has the most perks.
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