By Alon Calinao Dy: A lot of my nursing school friends are asking me about a Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) if it is recognized in the US. This question really bothers me too, and so I keep on asking reliable answers from my friends who now work in the US.
According to my friend, who has MAN in the Philippines, he said that US nursing schools do not recognize or accept our masters degree program.
Perhaps some nursing schools in the US would require you to add subjects/courses in order to finish their masters degree program. The question is, do you have enough money for that?
I have approximated that you need more than 1 million pesos every semester for your studies. My 24-year-old brother who is a registered nurse in the state of Texas has an assistance fund from the government since he is also a US army. In this scenario, he can study his post graduate course while working.
By the way, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is more usual than the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) in the US. I don't think it would be easy for a nurse who has dependents to enroll an MSN. Even so, having MSN would increase your payday and would help you find a nursing job easily.
Education is very important. If you have second thoughts about investing your money to education, please don't hesitate to do so. Although there is no assurance that MAN in the Philippines is accepted by a credentialing service in the US, it would help you in so many ways.
Remember, the higher education will lead to higher employability and wages in your workplace.
Whether you have graduated from expensive universities or cheap nursing schools, it does not matter as long as your school is accredited by CHED. If you move to the Arab countries to work or if you plan to immigrate to Canada, I am sure, you would thank and benefit your masters degree program in the Philippines. So, Cheer up!