Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination: Results & Application Guide

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The Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination (PNLE) is a multiple-choice exam that consists of 500 items to determine basic nursing level competency. The PNLE is held every June and December annually in various public schools in the Philippines. The examination is mandated to be administered by the Professional Regulation Commission.

The NLE consists of five (5) parts namely: Nursing Practice I-Basic Foundation of Nursing and Professional Nursing Practice, Nursing Practice II-Community Health Nursing and Care of the Mother and Child, Nursing Practice III-Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part A), Nursing Practice IV-Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part B), and Nursing Practice V-Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part C).

The tests draw basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the major subject areas i.e., Fundamentals of Nursing including Professional Adjustments, Maternal and Child Nursing, Community Health and Communicable Disease Nursing, Nursing of Adolescents, Adults and Aged, and Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing.

The following areas of knowledge will be integrated into each of the above-named areas: anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics, nutrition and diet therapy, and parasitology and microbiology.

The nursing process serves as the framework in the nursing care of individuals, families, population groups & communities in various stages of development in health care setting. The focus of nursing is the promotion of health, prevention of illness, curative & rehabilitative aspects of care, alleviation of suffering & when recovery is not possible, towards a peaceful death.

The examination will test competencies in relation to eleven (11) key areas of responsibility contained in the Competency Standards of Nursing Practice in the Philippines. These key areas are categorized as follows:

  • Patient Care Competencies
    • Safe and quality nursing care
    • Communication
    • Collaboration and teamwork
    • Health education
  • Empowering Competencies
    • Legal responsibilities
    • Ethicomoral-Spiritual responsibilities
    • Personal and professional development
  • Enabling competencies
    • Management of resources and environment
    • Records management
  • Enhancing Competencies
    • Research
    • Quality improvement

Ratings

For an examinee to pass the NLE, he or she must obtain a general average of at least seventy-five percent (75%) with a rating of not below sixty percent (60%) in any of the five test subjects.

Schedule

As per schedule, the two (2) days Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination (PNLE) consists of five (5) parts namely:

Day 1
Nursing Practice IBasic Foundation of Nursing and Professional Nursing Practice
Nursing Practice IICommunity Health Nursing and Care of the Mother and Child
Nursing Practice IIICare of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part A)
Day 2
Nursing Practice IVCare of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part B)
Nursing Practice VCare of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part C)

Attire

During the examination, each examinee is requested to wear the following:

Male ExamineesClinical Uniform with white shoes and white socks but without nameplate, school insignia/logo and pin or School Uniform.
Female ExamineesClinical Uniform with white shoes and white stockings but without nameplate, school insignia/logo and pin or School Uniform.
Pregnant Female ExamineesWhite Clinical Scrub Suit

Each examinee is also requested to bring the following on examination day:

  • Notice of Admission
  • Official Receipt
  • One (1) piece metered-stamp window mailing envelope
  • Two (2) or more pencils (No. 1 or No. 2)
  • Ball pens with BLACK ink only
  • One (1) piece long brown envelope
  • One (1) piece long transparent/plastic envelope (for keeping your valuables and other allowed items)
  • NON-PROGRAMMABLE CALCULATORS

The following are PROHIBITED inside the examination premises/rooms:

  • Books, notes, review materials and other printed materials containing principles or excerpts thereof, coded data/information/formula which are relevant to or connected with examination subject, programmable calculators, cellular phones, beepers, portable computers, or other similar gadgets/devices. (PRC Resolution No. 463 dated November 27, 1996)
    Bags of any kind (ladies bag, shoulder bags, attaché case, backpacks, etc.)
  • Other examination aides not stated.

Test Plan

The test plan is a scope of the topics that will be covered by the PNLE. We suggest you print a copy and make it a checklist, making sure that you have covered each concept during your review.

Qualifications

At the time of filing the application for the examination of nurses, the applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen of the Philippines, or a citizen or a subject of a country which permits Filipino nurses to practice within its territorial limits on the same basis of 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 RA 9173.
  2. Be of good moral character
  3. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a college or university that complies with the standards of nursing education duly recognized by the proper government agency.

How to Apply

For a tutorial on how to apply for the Philippine Nurse Licensure Exam (PNLE), please visit: prc.gov.phfor the application webpage, visit https://online.prc.gov.ph/

Results

Here are the results for the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination (PNLE) during the previous decade:

June 2019

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 5,059 out of 9,691 (52.20%) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga this June 2019.

November 2018

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 4,811 out of 12,033 (39.98% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last November 2018. The results of examination with respect to two (2) examinees were withheld pending final determination of their liabilities under the rules and regulations governing licensure examination.

June 2018

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 4,326 out of 9,873 (43.82% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga this June 2018.

November 2017

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 5,875 out of 12,869 (45.65% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last November 2017.

June 2017

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 3,882 out of 11,176 (34.74% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga this June 2017.

November 2016

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 6,836 out of 14,322 (47.73% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last November 2016.

June 2016

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 6,183 out of 14,184 (43.59% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga this June 2016. The results of examination with respect to two (2) examinees were withheld pending final determination of their liabilities under the rules and regulations governing licensure examination.

November 2015

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 9,114 out of 18,500 (49.26% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Bacolod, Baguio, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last November 2015.

May 2015

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 9,707 out of 17,891 (54.26% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Bacolod, Baguio, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last May 2015.

November 2014

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 15,292 out of 26,690 (57.29% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Bacolod, Baguio, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last November 2014. The results of examination with respect to five (5) examinees were withheld pending final determination of their liabilities under the rules and regulations governing licensure examination.

May 2014

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 11,225 out of 29,188 (38.46% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Bacolod, Baguio, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last May 2014.

December 2013

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 10,977 out of 35,475 (30.94% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last December 2013.

June 2013

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 16,219 out of 37,887 (42.81% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last June 2013.

December 2012

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 16,908 out of 49,066 (34.46% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last December 2012.

June 2012

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 27,823 out of 60,895 (45.69% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last June 2012.

December 2011

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 22,760 out of 67,095 (33.92% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, La Union, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last December 2011.

July 2011

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 37,513 out of 78,135 (48.01% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, La Union, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last July 2011.

December 2010

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 29,711 out of 84,287 (35.24% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, La Union, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last December 2010.

July 2010

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 37,679 out of 91,008 (41.4% passing rate) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, La Union, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga last July 2010 .

Verification

For the verification of results, please visit: https://online.prc.gov.ph/Verification

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Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics and finding help online is near to impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses through the creation of content and lectures that is easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire students in nursing. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, breakdown complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.

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