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Manila now NCLEX test site for RNs

Cristina A. Godinez, Aug 01, 2007
NEW YORK — The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has announced recently that the Nclex testing for foreign nurses in Manila will begin August 23, paving the way for the Philippines to be a testing destination.

The Nclex test will be held at the international Pearson Professional Center in Makati, with the scheduling for tests starting on July 13.

Passing the Nclex test is a requirement for obtaining the license to practice nursing in the United States and its territories.

The Nclex test is administered by the NCSBN, a not-for-profit organization composed of the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

According to the NCSBN release, its Board of Directors decided to open the Nclex test center in Manila “because of the deep commitment shown by the Philippine government to ensuring a secure test center.”

Despite being the largest number of foreign Nclex test-takers, Filipino RNs had to travel abroad to take the exam either in the U.S. or other previously designated international test sites.

Beginning January 2005, the Nclex has authorized the establishment of international test sites in such places as London, in the UK; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver in Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai in India; Mexico City; Taipei, Taiwan; Chiyoda-ku and Yokohama in Japan.

The Philippines had been conspicuously bypassed in the international test site designation, even as Nclex statistics indicate that Philippine-educated RNs comprise more than 30 percent of first-time foreign Nclex test takers since 2003.

The NCSBN explained that the Philippines was not able to meet the test site selection criteria which included national and test security issues

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