Nursing is one of the most in-demand professions worldwide. In fact, the Philippines is also known for its world-class nurses, which makes it no surprise that we have so many aspiring nurses! If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in nursing or if it’s your dream course, then we made a short run-down of everything you need to know about BS Nursing to help guide you through the whole process.
How do you become a nurse in the Philippines?
Republic Act 9173, or the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002, is the basis of the practice of nursing in the country.
It states that an aspiring nurse must complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and pass the Nurse Licensure examination to be considered a registered nurse. Before practicing, registered nurses are also required to take an oath of profession before the Board of Nursing or any government official authorized to administer oaths.
What subjects are part of the Nursing curriculum?
The curriculum focuses on outcome-based education and not competency-based standards.
In 2017, the Commission on Higher Education issued a memorandum that serves as a guideline on policies and standards for Nursing programs all over the country. The memorandum is the basis of all nursing curriculums in the country. It emphasizes that all nursing programs must shift from “competency-based standards” to “outcome-based education.”
With this, nursing programs usually offer a diverse range of subjects to fully equip their students with the necessary knowledge and skills needed in the profession. You won’t just be well-equipped in the technical side of things, but also the other aspects involved when you become a nurse.
These subjects include, but are not limited to:
- Logic and Critical Thinking
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Microbiology and Parasitology
- Theoretical Foundations in Nursing
- Health Assessment
- Nutrition and Diet Therapy
Which schools in the Philippines offer BSN?
You can get a nursing degree from a good amount of universities and colleges in the country!
Luckily, various colleges and universities in the Philippines offer a nursing program to their students. Some universities known for their nursing programs are the University of Santo Tomas, Silliman University, Saint Louis University, Cebu Doctors University, and Benguet State University, among others.
How much does it cost to take up Nursing?
Tuition fees for these schools vary, but it ranges from P45,000 to P100,000. It’s best to do your research for the schools that you’re aiming for to see how their programs are and if the tuition fee fits your budget! Luckily, you have a wide array of choices, so there are tons of opportunities to get that degree.
What career paths can Nursing graduates pursue?
Contrary to common beliefs, a Nursing degree opens you to a lot of career opportunities!
There are a lot of things you can do with a nursing degree! You can use your degree in the following fields: clinical, research, leadership, or education. These options also offer a wide variety of choices you can choose from. Should you want to pursue the clinical route, some of your options include becoming a critical care nurse, camp nurse, home health nurse, nurse midwife, and that’s barely touching the surface.
Meanwhile, if you choose to pursue a career in research, you can participate and engage in research related to health and nursing as well as evaluating health and nursing-related studies. You can also opt to go the managerial direction, where you can become a board director, nurse manager or matron, patient care director, among many others.
Last, but definitely not least, you can join in educating the next generation of nurses. These are just some of the possible job opportunities you can use your degree in because there are an endless number of choices!
We know you have what it takes to follow your dreams, Candy girls! Know that we’re rooting for you!