Half-Million RNs in the Last 18 Years

There had been 556,702 Registered Nurses in the Philippines in the last 18 years , from April 1996 to May 2014. That's the number of passers in the country's nursing board exams , officially called the Nurse Licensure Exams (NLE) .

There were a total of 1,311,708 exam takers, which means that the 18-year period posted a 42.4% passing rate .

The number of takers started to rise in 2004, when there were more than 13,000 examinees, from the previuos year's 7,000. It went on to rise until 2009, and tapered off starting in 2010.

The exams are conducted twice a year, the first one being in either April or May, and the second in November or December.

For details, see the table below.


The Integrated Nursing Licensure Examination (or Board Exam) is conducted twice a year by the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) among graduates of BSN courses.

The first exam is now given in the month of June (previously in April or May) and the second in December. The exam are done in 11 cities namely; Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu,Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

The exam is done on Saturday or Sunday. There are 5 subjects covered as follows; Promotive Care, Preventive Care, Curative Care (A), Curative Care (B), and Rehabilitation Care.

The highest possible score in each exam is 100%, passing score is 75%.

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