According to the article “Philippine Nurses in the US—Yesterday and Today” of the online nursing community resource Minority Nurse, Filipino nurses have been the number one source of foreign-trained nurses in the United States for decades. For 2005, the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) reported that 55 per cent of the 21,500 foreign-trained nurses who passed the Certification Program Nurse Qualifying Exam were educated in the Philippines.
The best nursing schools in the Philippines are based on the learning institutions' consistent performances in the Nursing Board Exams as implemented by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). A number of these registered nurses also take the Certification Program Nurse Qualifying Exams in order to work in the United States.
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St. Paul University Iloilo
Located in the Philippines’ Visayan region, St. Paul University Iloilo’s College of Nursing offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing: the BS in Nursing and the MS/MA in Nursing. Aside from receiving the award as the 2nd Outstanding College of Nursing in the Philippines out of 350 nursing schools in the country as conferred by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 2006, it’s consistently on the top five performing schools in the nursing board exams for a number of years. It has already produced a number of board top-notchers as well.
In the November 2009 board exams, five top-notchers came from the university. And for the category of top performing schools with 100 or more examinees, St. Paul University Iloilo topped the list with 100 per cent passing mark for a total of 138 nursing students who took the board exams.
St. Paul University Iloilo General Luna St. Iloilo City, Iloilo 5000 Philippines +63-33-338-1097
Benguet State University
Nestled in the heart of La Trinidad, Benguet, the strawberry capital of the Philippines, Benguet State University is a top performing nursing school in the Cordillera Autonomous Region. The university’s College of Nursing has been offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing since 1993. And for many years, it has consistently produced a number of board passers and board top-notchers.
According to the November 2009 Nursing Board Exam Results, for the category of top performing schools with less than 30 examinees, Benguet State University garnered the top spot with 100 per cent passing mark for a total of 9 nursing students who took the board exams.
Benguet State University La Trinidad, Benguet 2601 Philippines +63-74-422-2127 bsu.edu.ph
Bukidnon State University (Bukidnon State College-Malaybalay)
In 2007, the Bukidnon State College-Malaybalay obtained the university status and was converted to Bukidnon State University. It is the only state university that carries the name of the Bukidnon province in the country’s Northern Mindanao region. Its College of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing which is duly-recognised by the CHED and is also accredited by the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities Accrediting Agency, Inc.
According to the November 2009 Nursing Board Exam Results, for the category of top performing schools with 30 to 99 examinees, Bukidnon State University (recorded by the PRC as Bukidnon State College-Malaybalay) ranked 1st place with 100 per cent passing mark for a total of 39 nursing students who took the board exams.
Bukidnon State University (formerly Bukidnon State College-Malaybalay) Fortich St. Malaybalay City, Bukidnon 8700 Philippines +63-88-221-2237 bsc.edu.ph
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