How To Apply For The Philippine Nursing Board Exam (NLE)

GUIDELINES and STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY for the Nursing Board Exam/Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE)

I GUIDELINES BEFORE APPLYING FOR THE EXAMINATION

Qualifications for Examinations:
In order to be admitted to the examination for nurses, an applicant must, at the time of filing his or her application, establish to the satisfaction of the Board of Nursing that:

a. He or she is a citizen of the Philippines, or a citizen or subject of a country which permits Filipino nurses to practice within its territorial limits on the same basis as the subject or citizen of such country: Provided, That the requirements for the registration or licensing or nurses in said country are substantially the same as those prescribed in this Act;
b. He or she is at least eighteen (18) years of age: Provided, that any underage applicant who successfully passes the examination shall not be permitted or licensed to practice nursing until he or she shall have reached the age of majority;
c. He or she is in good health and is of good moral character; and
d. He or she is a holder of a bachelors degree in nursing (BSN) from a college or university duly recognized by the proper government agency.

Educational Qualification/Training/Experience:
a. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
b. Summary of Related Learning Experience (RLE)
c. Cases
– Operating Room: Major Scrubs (5); Minor Scrubs (5)
– Delivery Room: Handled (5); Assisted (5); Cord Dressing (5)

Licensure Examination:
-The licensure examination for the practice of nursing in the Philippines shall be given by the Board not earlier than one (1) month but not later than two (2) months after the closing of the semester prescribed by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

-The examination shall be held in the City of Manila or in such places as may be decided by the Board subject to the approval of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Scope of Examination:
The scope of the examination for the practice of nursing in the Philippines shall be determined by the Board. The Board shall take into consideration the objectives of the nursing curriculum, the broad areas of nursing, and other related disciplines and competencies in determining the subjects of examinations.

Rating in the Examination:
-In order to pass the examination, an examinee must obtain a general average rating of at least seventy-five percent (75%) with a rating of not below sixty percent (60%) in any subject.

-An examinee who obtains an average rating of seventy-five percent (75%) or higher but gets a rating below sixty percent (60%) in any given subject must take the examination again, but only in the subject or subjects where he or she rated below sixty percent (60%).

-In order to pass the succeeding examination, an examinee must obtain a rating of at least seventy-five percent (75%) in the subject or subjects repeated.

-An examinee who despite the third examination fails to obtain at least seventy-five percent (75%) in the subject or subjects repeated shall no longer be allowed to take the examination, unless he proves to the satisfaction of the Board that he/ she has undergone a refresher course consisting in enrollment and passing in the regular fourth year subjects in a recognized nursing school.

Issuance of Certificates:
-A certificate of registration as nurse shall be issued to any applicant who passes the examination upon payment of the prescribed fees.

-Every certificate of registration shall show the full name of the registrant, the serial number, the signature of the members of the Board, and the official seal of the Board.

Fees for Examination and Registration:
Applicants for licensure examination and for registration shall pay the prescribed fees set by the PRC.

Registration by Reciprocity:
Certificates of registration may be issued without examination to nurses registered under the laws of any foreign state or country. Provided, that the requirements for the registration or licensing of nurses in said country are substantially the same as those prescribed under this Act. Provided, further, that the laws of such state or country grant the same privileges to registered nurses of the Philippines on the same basis as the subject or citizens of such foreign state or country.

Non-issuance of Certificates in Certain Cases:
No person convicted by final judgment of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude or any person guilty of immoral or dishonorable conduct shall be issued a certificate of registration. The Board shall furnish the applicant a written statement setting forth the reasons for its actions which shall be incorporated in the records of the Board.

Revocation and Suspension of Certificates:
The Board shall have the power to revoke or suspend the certificate of registration of a nurse upon any of the following grounds:

a. For any of the causes mentioned in the preceding section;
b. For unprofessional and unethical conduct;
c. For gross incompetence and serious ignorance;
d. For malpractice or negligence in the practice of nursing; or
e. For the use of fraud, deceit, or false statements in obtaining a certificate of registration.

Re-issuance of Revoked Certificates and Replacement of Lost Certificates:
The Board may, for reasons of equity and justice or when the cause for revocation has disappeared or has been cured and corrected, upon proper application therefore and the payment of the required fees, issue another copy of the certificate of registration.

II STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY FOR THE NURSING BOARD EXAM (Philippine NLE)

STEP 1: Secure and accomplish the Action Sheet (AS) from the PRC Customer Service Center (CSC).

STEP 2: Submit the AS for processing and evaluation at any of the processing windows together with the following:

a. The original and photocopies of Transcript of Records (TOR) with Special Order (SO) number, date of graduation, scanned pictures and with the remark “FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY” (Res. No. 2004-200). (Graduates of government schools and institutions/programs accredited by recognized accredited agencies under the FAAP are exempted from SO [B]). Graduates of new schools/degree programs must submit school recognition and/or permit to operate.

b. The original and photocopy of NSO (National Statistics Office)-issued Birth Certificate in NSO security paper. (If the NSO copy is not clear, bring a copy from the Local Civil Registrar)

c. For married females: The original and photocopies of Marriage Contract in NSO security paper. (If the NSO copy is not clear, bring a copy from the Local Civil Registrar)

d. Four (4) passport-sized colored pictures in white background with complete name tag.

e. Current Community Tax Certificate (CTC) (Cedula)

f. Other specific requirements as required by the Commission and/or Professional Regulatory Board.

NOTE: Secure the following from the processor upon approval of your application:
– Computerized Application Form (CAF)
– Permanent Examination and Registration Record Card (PERRC) (for first-timers)
– Notice of Admission (NOA)

STEP 3: Pay the examination fee at any of the cashier windows. Get the Official Receipt.

– Baccalaureate Degree (Php 900.00)
– Non-Baccalaureate Degree (Php 600.00)
– Removal (Php 450.00)

STEP 4: Pay for the following at the CSC:
– metered documentary stamps, and;
– mailing envelope with metered documentary stamps

STEP 5: Accomplish the CAF, PERRC, and NOA. Indicate the Official Receipt number, date, and amount on the CAF.

STEP 6: Proceed to any of the issuance windows (Window 9, 10, 11, 12) for final review of qualifications and documents and issuance of NOA, Applicant’s Stub, Program of Examination, Examinee’s Guide and Self-Instruction Sheet.

STEP 7: Keep the NOA, Official Receipt, and the Applicant’s Stub. Bring these with you on the first day of the examination. For further information, read the General Instructions at the back page of the NOA, Program of Examination, Examinee’s Guide and Self-Instruction Sheet.

STEP 8: Bring your NOA when you verify with the PRC your school and building assignment which will be posted at the PRC premises 2-3 working days before the examination date.

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