Thousands of Filipino nurses are now taking the NCLEX


The number of Filipino nurses taking the NCLEX increased significantly last year. Following the statistics report released by NCSBN or National Council of State Boards of Nursing, in the previous year 2019, around 12,785 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time, which was a 24% increase from 2018 10,297 first time takers.

A report published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the United States will need 1 million additional nurses by 2022. In addition to that, the Nursing field will have a 12% faster employment rate than all other occupations starting 2018 up to 2028 to cope with the increasing need of baby boomers for health care services.

According to ACTS-OFW Party-List Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III, “It is evident that many Filipino nurses are still raring to move into America’s highly lucrative labor market.”

Reality at the Pearl of the Orient

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, an entry-level registered nurse receives a salary of Php. 8,000.00 - Php. 13,500.00 per month in the Philippine labor market. In comparison, an annual median salary of a USRN is $73,300 as of 2019 US Bureau of Labor Statistics Report. Plus, fringe benefits, tax-saving, and pension plans for USRN were all designed to improve their living as they reside in the US as a registered nurse.

The underutilization of Filipino Nurses and this massive opportunity in the US strained many Filipino nurses to practice their profession in the United States. That lies a more precise explanation, why Filipino nurses chose to be under the hands of Uncle Sam than their own native country. Specifically, 150,000 active Filipino registered nurses in America.

Despite the vast national surplus, the Philippines continues to produce many new nurses both locally and internationally.

For foreign nursing professionals who do not want to be left out and have the urge to pursue their careers in the United States, they must take the NCLEX and meet relevant qualifications and licensing requirements by the NCSBN. Due to its decentralized nature with 50 State Board of Nursing and each with its own unique set of requirements, the licensing process is a complicated one. However, NEAC Medical Exams Application Center, a pioneer international licensing assistance company that has assisted more than 55,000 medical professionals to get licensed, can help you reach your USRN goals. NEAC can be reached via email at

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