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Arroyo hails opening of Nclex testing center

Lourdes Santos Tancinco, Aug 29, 2007
MAKATI CITY — After more than two years since the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCSBN) began administering Nclex outside of the United States, it finally came to a decision to make the Philippines a venue for Nclex or the National Council Licensure Examination.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inaugurated the testing center here and welcomed this recent development as a “great service” to the nursing professionals aspiring to work in the U.S.

While Filipino nurses are significant in number than any other foreign nationalities in terms of their migration to the U.S., the Philippines was not chosen right away as testing center. Since 2005, the Nclex has been offered abroad in other countries like London, England; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai, India; Mexico City, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; Chiyoda-ku and Yokohama, Japan.

“Our recent decision to extend to the Philippines the opening of the Nclex testing center is consideration of many factors particularly the political situation and its ability to maintain the integrity of the examination,” said Casey Marks Ph.D, associate executive director for Business Operations of the National Council for State Board Nursing (NCSBN).

For a couple of years, advocates of the Philippine nursing professions, including the Commission of Filipino Overseas led by Secretary Dante Ang, made aggressive representations to convince the NCSBN to consider the Philippines as an Nclex testing center.

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