If you are a Nurse from the Philippines and you are thinking to start on your NCLEX journey, the first thing you want to find out is what state you would want to apply. It does not necessarily mean that your chosen state will be the place you will be living or working. This is only the first step you would need to be able to take the NCLEX RN Exam.
Most of the State Board of Nursing requires that the applicant must have a Social Security Number and if you do not have one your options will be narrowed to few State Board of Nursing.
If you are educated from outside United States, like the Philippines and you want to apply for your NCLEX-RN examination, perhaps the first thing you have searched about is how to apply for the NCLEX-RN exam correct? One idea that would always pop-up initially is what US State do you want to apply? Then after multiple google searches, you would end up looking for the requirements that will allow you to comply while you are outside USA.
So here are the five things you need to know in applying for NMI Board of Nursing (Saipan)
Background about the NMI – Saipan
Officially, these group of islands in the Pacific is called the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, which are about 54,000 population size. The island of Saipan is considered to be the Capital or the main island where most of the people resides next to Rota and Tinian. NMI is located in the western part of the Pacific and east of the Philippines. NMI is a U. S. Commonwealth in the Pacific.
You do NOT need to have a SSN to apply for your NCLEX-RN in NMI
Whether you are looking for a state to apply for NCLEX-RN or you are looking of a state board where you can endorse your previous license that you have passed NCLEX-RN with then this is the Board of Nursing that you are looking for. This is probably not the first time that you have heard about applying NCLEX-RN in Saipan. In fact, I remember some of my previous co-workers and even Clinical Instructors back in the day in the Philippines, have not only applied in BON NMI but have taken the actual NCLEX-RN exam in Saipan.
You can always get the latest information about their requirements through the NMI Board of Nursing website. Make sure you visit their site frequently during the time you are processing your application. Click here for their website
Sending your transcripts from your schools to NMI Board of Nursing
As part of their requirements for the application, the NMI Board of Nursing would like you to request for the Official Transcript of Records from your High School. It has to have the school official seal and must be sealed in an envelope and signed. Another important thing to understand is that this must be directly sent to the NMI Board of Nursing from your school. Your High School Registrar may not be able to do this for you but instead you may be able to send it your self to the NMI Board of Nursing making sure the envelope is signed and sealed and send it through the nearest Phil. Post or the nearest courier providers (FedEx, DHL or LBC). You may also do this for your request from your school of Nursing – form (Doc 47, Certification of RLE Form). Most College/University Registrars are pretty well aware in facilitating this requests, however if they prefer that you will have to pick up the envelope, again make sure it is sealed and signed, send it to NMI Board of Nursing from the nearest mailing courier service in the vicinity of your school.
In sending these documents, another important tip is to make sure that the sender is your school. In its essence, it is the school or the Registrar that is sending these documents you are just doing it for them. Some applicants have sent both sealed envelopes both from the High School and College/University inside the same package and they were given eligibility. However, if you will ask me, I would advise you to send it separately, just to be sure and comply on to the stipulation in their requirement “to be forwarded directly to CBNE”.
Making payment to NMI Board of Nursing
Accepted mode of payments are the following:
US Cashier’s Checks
US Money Orders
US Bank Drafts
Checks must be made payable to “NMI BON” or “NMI BOARD OF NURSING”
The NMI Board of Nursing does not have an online payment mode at this time (as of this posting) and so the best option for you is probably the US Bank Draft. You can go to your local bank which ever you have an existing savings or checking account, it does not necessarily have to be a dollar account. You are in fact purchasing a US Bank Draft from them which most banks offer to their existing clients. Based on their latest fee schedule, initial RN Examination will cost you $150. (Again always refer to their official website for the latest fee schedule and any update)
Mailing your application
From the Philippines, you can send your application:
(Doc 22 & 23 – found in their website)
Copy of your Birth Certificate – Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA formerly NSO), must be certified true copy
Copy of your Marriage Certificate (as needed) – Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA formerly NSO), must be certified true copy – you can visit their website for more information.
2×2 recent photograph of yourself (2 copies)
As of March 1st 2016, based on their website, when sending via courier services you may send your application to:
NMI Board of Nursing CDA Building, 2nd Floor San Jose, Beach Road Saipan, MP 96950
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