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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:

M. N.
◈ Studied BS in Nursing
◈ At Filamer Christian University
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletAbout my college education: In high school, I felt that college wasn't something to be bothered about. I hardly gave it any thought until it was time for those scary entrance exams. Filling out the application forms became the major event in finding out who I was and what I wanted to be when I grew up! What kind of choice is that for a 16 year-old girl to make? I was so stumped that when I caught a glimpse of what my classmate put down for her course, I hurriedly wrote that down too (Nursing). Haha. Despite my indecision and frenzied application form filling, I love college. I met the most wonderful people and I realized a thing or two about myself. My years in college open my eyes to so many things not just around me but within me. College days inspired me to do more and be more. Pushing past your limits can only show you your better than you think you are. I learned that I do have what it takes. I learned to be independent, responsible, humble and to be punctual because I had to do a lot of things on my own. Before, I used to think of myself as a 'mind over heart person' type of person. I always lived by the rules and did what was practical. But in college, when I took up Nursing, I learned that I could be a 'heart person too'. I realized that I was capable of acting irrationally and that was okay for me to make mistakes. As a result I began to think less and fell more careless about things but to care more people. I can still recall all the challenging, exciting and stressful activities that we had during my entire college days.

list bulletMy current job: I am now working as a Quality Assurance Auditor in a call center industry.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Nursing: Well, Nursing is a great profession but maybe God favored me over the others for it was not really meant for me. I mean, I'm just being practical in a way though. But whatever your program/course as long as you're doing good I mean the right thing and you're happy just go for it. In fact, academic achievement is not a barometer of success. I want to note to everyone that despite there are opportunities, if one don't have the determination, its useless! Success starts within ourselves but better be guided with God and others.
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