Best Schools for Nurses (BS Nursing) in the Philippines



Nurses belong to the largest group of health practitioners in the Philippines. Their primary responsibility is to administer nursing care to patients who need medical help. Specifically, Registered Nurses (RN) are tasked with these responsibilities:

  • Assessment of patient health problems
  • Development and implementation of nursing care plans
  • Maintenance of medical records
  • Administration of nursing care to the ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients
  • Providing advice to patients on health maintenance and disease prevention

Nurses Licensure Examination (NLE)

To become a Professional Registered Nurse (RN) in the Philippines, an individual must both:

  • 1. Be a graduate of a “BS in Nursing” course in an accredited educational institution in the Philippines; and
  • 2. Pass the Nurses Licensure Examination, which is administered by the Board of Nursing under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The Nursing Board Exam is scheduled twice a year: in June and in November of every year.

Nursing Board Exam Topics and Coverage

If you’re interested to be a registered professional nurse, take note of the following scope of the Nurses Licensure Exam which includes these topics, among others:

  1. Nursing Practice I – Community Health Nursing
  2. Nursing Practice II – Care of Healthy / At Risk Mother and Child
  3. Nursing Practice III – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part A)
    4. Nursing Practice IV: Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part B)
    5. Nursing Practice V: Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part C)

Number of Registered Nurses in the Philippines and Abroad

There is a ton of career opportunities for licensed Filipino nurses. Aside from working domestically, nurses can work abroad given huge demand for nursing care in other countries.

In fact, in the past years, there has been a continuous increase in the number of Filipino nurses overseas. A case study by the Health Services Research of the US National Institutes of Health shows that more than 160,000 Filipino nurses work abroad as of 2003. A mere 30,000 nurses work in the Philippines, either in government hospitals or in private clinics.

The same research shows that the top destinations for Filipino nurses abroad have been Saudi Arabia, the United States (US), and the United Kingdom (UK).

Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines

Are you interested to find out which universities in the Philippines are able to achieve the highest passing rates in the Nurses Licensure Exam (NLE)? We compiled the data from previous NLEs to determine the top schools with the highest Nursing Board Exam passing rates.

Check out the table below to see if your school is one of the best Nursing schools in the Philippines!

Category 1: Nursing Schools with more than 100 examinees

RankBANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - MAY 2018 RETURN %
1Union BankUnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio1.84%
2Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Stable Income Fund (Class I)0.74%
3Philippine National BankPNB PESO INTERMEDIATE TERM BOND FUND (Formerly AUP GS FUND)0.61%
4China Banking CorporationCBC INTERMEDIATE FIXED-INCOME FUND0.59%
5Union BankUnionBank High Net Worth Intermediate-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund0.55%
6BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Premium Bond Fund0.28%
7Union BankUnionBank Infinity Prime Fund0.23%
8BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO MERIT FUND INTERMEDIATE TERM PORTFOLIO0.23%
9Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Stable Income Fund (Class A)0.22%
10EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Intermediate Term Bond Fund0.16%
11Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Max-3 Bond Fund0.08%

Category 2: Nursing Schools with 100 or less examinees

RankBANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - MAY 2018 RETURN %
1China Banking CorporationChina Bank Institutional Money Market Fund1.06%
2Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Short Term Fund1.01%
3Philippine National BankPNB INSTITUTIONAL MONEY MARKET FUND0.96%
4BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Money Market Fund0.96%
5BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO INSTITUTIONAL CASH RESERVE FUND0.95%
6Development Bank of the PhilippinesUNLAD KAWANI MONEY MARKET FUND0.95%
7RCBC SavingsRCBC Savings Bank Peso Money Market UITF0.95%
8BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO SHORT TERM FUND0.93%
9BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Short Term Fund0.89%
10Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS I - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.89%
11BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO PERA SHORT TERM FUND0.88%
12Security Bank CorporationSB PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.87%
13Asia United BankPeso Money Market Fund0.86%
14Philippine National BankPNB GLOBAL FILIPINO PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.86%
15Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS II - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.86%
16Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Money Market Fund0.85%
17Philippine National BankPNB DREAM BUILDER MONEY MARKET FUND0.85%
18Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS III - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.84%
19United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Cash Management Fund (Formerly United Cash Management Fund)0.84%
20LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Money Market Fund0.83%
21EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Money Market Fund0.83%
22Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO CASH MANAGEMENT FUND0.83%
23Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO MONEY MARKET0.81%
24China Banking CorporationCBC MONEY MARKET FUND0.81%
25Philippine Savings BankPSBANK MONEY MARKET FUND0.80%
26CTBC Bank (Philippines) Corp.CTBC Money Market Fund0.78%
27Robinsons BankRBank Peso Money Market Fund0.77%
28AB CapitalAB CAPITAL SHORT-TERM FUND0.76%
29Philippine National BankPNB PRIME PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.76%
30ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Peso Money Market Fund0.74%
31EastWest Banking CorporationEast West Peso Short Term Fund0.72%
32BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.71%
33China Banking CorporationCBC SHORT-TERM FUND0.71%
34Bank of CommerceDIVERSITY MONEY MARKET FUND0.70%
35LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Money Market Plus Fund0.69%
36Union BankUnionBank Peso Short Term Fixed Income Portfolio0.41%
37Philippine Bank of CommunicationsSIGNATURE TRUST FUND0.30%
38Sterling Bank of AsiaSterling Money Market Fund----

Note: The passing rates just count the first-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) previous Nurses Licensure Exams in November 2017, June 2017, November 2016, and June 2016.

Source: PRC Philippines (www.prc.gov.ph)

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