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BS Nursing: Program Specification


Educational Aims of the Program

A center of quality and innovative Nursing Education that develops students to become globally competitive and efficient nurses with a heart of service who will make a difference locally and internationally.

The BSN program at SISC has a strong liberal arts and sciences education with a transdisciplinary approach that assists students in gaining knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential to safe, quality nursing practice in a variety of settings. It has also, threaded through the II, III and IV year levels, development of competencies in simple research and evidence-based practice.

Graduates of this program demonstrate the beginners’ professional competencies and are well prepared to take local and international examination such as the Philippine Nurses' Licensure Exam (PNLE), CGFNS, NCLEX for licensure as Registered Nurse (R.N.) and IELTS, TOEFL, TSE for English proficiency. Successful completion of the licensing examination qualifies the graduate to assume a beginning staff nurse position in a hospital or agency; and is qualified to pursue post-graduate studies or advance professional training.

SISC's BSN program provides leadership opportunities and teaches students to value excellence. Integrated in all the subjects/courses are the school's core values “5Cs” namely: Competence, Character, Collaboration, Creativity and Commitment to Achieve.

A well placed mentorship program for all students, a “Speak English” school policy and an active nursing students’ school organization provides a learning environment for preparing students to be globally competitive in beginning professional positions and qualifies them to assume various roles and open opportunities for progression towards advanced studies.

SISC's successful BSN graduates shall have approximated the competencies of a professional nurse and are eligible to apply and take the licensure examination for registration.

Program Structure and Features

The 194 unit program extends over 4 years broken down in 8 semesters (18 weeks per regular semester) and 2 summer terms.

Excluded in the 194 units are 20 units of non-academic subject-courses that help to enhance the program:

    • 6 units institutional courses
    • 8 units Physical Education courses
    • 6 units National Service Training Program (mandatory for Filipino citizens only)

BSN subject-courses are arranged in a prescribed sequence. Starting in Level II onwards, all core nursing subjects have a theoretical and a hands-on clinical component (Related Learning Experience or RLE). In general, three days of didactic lectures is reinforced by three days of hands-on clinical training. Each block of subject-courses are to be taken concurrently and passed with a grade point of 1.75/ 81-82%/Fair or better, in order for the student to be promoted to the next level. Students move through the program in regular blocked classes and clinical rotation schedule. Class sizes vary from 25 to 35 students, while the RLE groups are 8, 10 or 12 students per group depending on their year level. Elective offerings are prescribed in the areas of Intravenous Therapy Management and Geriatric Nursing with the sub-components of Oncology Nursing, Palliative Care and Pain Management.

The clinical training or Related Learning Experience (RLE) is highly structured and strictly supervised in conformity with the national standards. The required hours, which cumulatively adds up to 2,346 hours (inclusive of Nursing Research I & II RLE) for the entire program, is closely monitored for each student. The program provides an intensive nursing practicum during the final semester that will refine skills and allow basic nursing leadership and management concepts to be practiced with guidance. Faculty members who do the classroom lectures, generally, are also assigned to follow-up students in the clinical area as Clinical Instructors. For a student to graduate, he or she should have passed all academic requirements as well as completed the required RLE hours to ensure basic clinical competencies required of a beginning nurse in practice.

For clinical training or RLE, the College of Nursing has partnered with private hospitals, tertiary government hospitals, community health centers, clinics and agencies namely:

  • Las Piñas Doctors Hospital (Base hospital –tertiary, private 100 bed)
  • Medical Center Muntinlupa (Private teaching-hospital 100-bed)
  • Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Centers (Government Hospital- Tertiary Level)
  • Ospital ng Muntinlupa (City Government hospital- General Services)
  • Las Piñas City Health Centers (Community)
  • Martha’s Home (Home for the Aged, private facility)
  • Jesus the Divine Healer Maternity and Children’s Clinic/Lying-In
  • Don Bosco Tuloy Foundation for Street Children (Community Outreach)
  • San Lazaro Hospital (Specialty Government Facility under the Department of Health)
  • Philippine Orthopedic Center (Specialty Government Facility under the Department of Health)
  • National Center for Mental Health (Specialty Government Facility under theDepartment of Health)

 On successful completion of the program students will have achieved the following outcomes:

Key Areas of Responsibility
Core Competency
A. Safe and Quality Nursing Care
A.1 Demonstrates knowledge base on the health/illness status of individual/groups
A.2 Provides sound decision making in the care of individuals/families/groups considering their beliefs and values
A.3 Promotes safety and comfort and privacy of clients
A.4 Sets priorities in nursing care based on clients’ needs
A.5 Ensures continuity of care
A.6 Administers medications and other health therapeutics
A.7 Utilizes the nursing process as framework for nursing
      A.7.1 Performs comprehensive and systematic
               nursing assessment
      A.7.2 Formulates a plan of care in collaboration
               with clients and other members of the
               health team
      A.7.3 Implements planned nursing care to
               achieve identified outcomes
      A.7.4 Evaluates progress toward expected
B. Management of Resources and Environment
B.1 Organizes work load to facilitate client care
B.2 Utilizes financial resources to support client care
B.3 Establishes mechanism to ensure proper functioning of equipment
B.4 Maintains a safe environment
C. Health Education
C.1 Assesses the learning needs of the client-partner/s
C.2 Develops health education plan based on assessed and anticipated needs
C.3 Develops learning materials for health education
C.5 Implements the health education plan
C.6 Evaluates the outcome of health education
D. Legal Responsibility
D.1 Adheres to practices in accordance with the nursing law and other relevant legislation including contracts, informed consent
D.2 Adheres to organizational policies and procedures, local and national
D.3 Documents care rendered to clients
E. Ethico-moral Responsibility
E.1 Respects the rights of individual / groups
E.2 Accepts responsibility and accountability for own decision and actions
E.3 Adheres to the national and international code of ethics for nurses
F. Personal and Professional Development
F.1 Identifies own learning needs
F.2 Pursues continuing education
F.3 Gets involved in professional organizations and civic activities
F.4 Projects a professional image of the nurse
F.5 Possesses positive attitude towards change and criticism
F.6 Performs function according to professional standards
G. Quality Improvement
G.1 Gathers data for quality improvement
G.2 Participates in nursing audits and rounds
G.3 Identifies and reports variances
G.4 Recommends solutions to identified problems
H. Research
H.1. Gather data using different methodologies
H.2 Analyzes and interprets
H.3 Recommends actions for implementation
H.4 Disseminates results of research findings
H.5 Applies research findings in nursing practice
I. Records Management
I.1. Maintains accurate and updated documentation of client care
I.2 Records outcome of client care
I.3 Observes legal imperatives in record keeping
J. Communication
J.1 Establishes rapport with client, significant others and members of the health team
J.2 Identifies verbal and non-verbal cues
J.3. Utilizes formal and informal channels
J.4 Responds to needs of individuals, family group and community
J.5 Uses appropriate information technology to facilitate communication
K. Collaboration and Teamwork
K.1 Establishes collaborative relationship with colleagues and other members of the health team
K.2 Collaborates plan of care with other members of the health team


Learning and Teaching Methods

Students experience a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to facilitate the achievement of all learning outcomes within a student-centered approach, and to foster personal and professional development. Each course subject uses a mix of teaching methods, which take account of the subject matter, the student group size, the students’ previous experience and the resources available. Methods of learning and teaching will include formal lectures, scenario-based learning sessions, interactive discussions, seminars, presentations and debates. In the clinical area, instruction will be by guided learning, practice-based training, reflection journal, bedside conferences, individual case studies and e-learning packages. 

Assessment Strategy and Methods

Student assessment methods are designed to ensure that the content, outcomes are measured fairly. There are three general term examination periods in a semester: Prelims, Midterms and Finals. Theoretical knowledge and understanding will be tested mainly through paper and pen exam. Other coursework include assignment, presentations and research paper. Clinical skills will be assessed through performance evaluation tools, skills audit.