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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:

K. S.
◈ Studied BS in Nursing
◈ At Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Nursing: Because this is I think the course where in you you can have a big impact to other people's lives. It is a very fulfilling profession especially when your patients appreciate the things that you do to them. Not only that you can take care of other people but also your loved ones especially if there are problems regarding health.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned a lot in this course. Nursing course wont let you learn technical skills only but also how to deal with different situations in life. How to deal with different people.

For me, pharmacology is the most difficult subject because there are wide sets of medication depending on the problem of the patients. But if you give your effort and strive hard to study, I know you can pass this subject just like what I did.

Honestly speaking, exams in PLM are really hard if you don't study. There are no difficult exams if you prepare your self. Being a PLMayer needs a lot of hard work. But I think, this will just prepare you for the future. There are people who shifted to other courses because they just realized what they really want to pursue.

Hard work is what you really need if you want to succeed in any courses. Being a genius is good but being wise is the best. You must really know what you want so that you don't have to force yourself in doing things that you don't want in the first place. If you want nursing, then go for it. As long as you really desires it and it is your true passion. But if you just force yourself to take nursing, you wont be happy and you may always fail.

list bulletMy current job: My job is a private duty nurse. I am assigned to one patient at a time. It may be hospital or home based.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Different nursing skills like catheterization, NGT feeding, dealing with patient of all age group, etc

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I just got my licensed last january 2014 and I got my first job this june 2014 because I need to attend different seminar and trainings.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Nursing: Finding employment is not hard if you really put you effort in finding a job.
Salary is in a minimum basis if you don't have any working experience. Salary is high if you get the chance to work in a government hospital.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You must assess yourself first. Know what you really want. Because in nursing, you don't use your brain only but also your heart. If you're really force to do it maybe by your family, try to love the course and maybe in time, you will feel the fulfilling feeling that every nurses experienced.
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