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Nursing Board Exam (NLE) 2021 Schedule & Requirements

Students studying nursing still have to take the board exam after graduation to become fully pledge nurses. The Professional Regulation Commission along with the Professional Regulatory Board for Nursing conducts the Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE) twice a year.

This is in accordance with Republic Act No. 9173 or the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002. All applicants need to pass a written examination for a license to practice nursing.

When will be the Nursing Board Exam 2021?

The PRC rescheduled the May and November 2021 Nurses licensure examination to November 21 & 22, 2021.

The original schedule of the NLE is on May 30 and 31, 2021 for the first batch while the second batch of the exam is supposed to be held on November 20 & 21, 2021.

But because of the health and safety concerns of examinees as well as the examination personnel, the Commission decided to postpone the said exam and reschedule it to November. Refer to the table below.

BatchOriginal ScheduleNew Schedule
First batchMay 30 and 31, 2021 November 21 & 22, 2021
Second BatchNovember 20 & 21, 2021November 21 & 22, 2021

Also Read: PRC Board Exams Schedule for 2021.

What are the Qualifications?

In order to be admitted to the examination for nurses, an applicant must, at the time of filing his/her application, establish to the satisfaction of the Board that: 

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(a) He/she is a citizen of the Philippines,

(b) He/she is of good moral character, and 

(c) He/she is a 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 NLE online?

The PRC requires you to set an appointment online through LERIS before going to any PRC office. The LERIS stands for Licensure Examination and Registration Information System. You can set an appointment and pay the application fee through this link

If ever you still don’t have an account in LERIS, you can read our guide or tutorial on how to make one here.

What are the requirements?

Prepare your requirements as early as possible so you can apply early as well. According to the PRC website, you need these documents:

First-time takers

  • PSA/NSO Birth Certificate (original and photocopy).
  • For married female applicants, provide a copy of PSA/NSO Marriage Contract.
  • Transcript of Records with scanned photo and remarks “For board exam purposes”
  • Duly Notarized copies of RLE, OR & DR cases (Minor Scrubs-3, Deliver Room Handled-3, Assisted-3, Cord Dressing-3, If under CMO 30- Certificate of Undertaking
  • Notarized Certificate of undertaking (CMO#14 series of 2009)
  • Payment of 900 for complete while 450 for conditioned/ removal.


If you are a repeater, you need the same requirement above except for the RLE and OR & DR Cases. The payment for the repeater is P450.

Nursing Board Exam Coverage

The Board determines the scope of the examination for the practice of nursing in the Philippines

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The Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination is consists of five parts namely: Nursing Practice 1 up to 5.

  • I – Community Health Nursing
  • II – Care of Healthy/At Risk Mother and Child
  • III – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part A)
  • IV –  Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part B)
  • V –  Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations (Part C)


In order to pass the examination, an examinee must obtain a general average of at least seventy-five percent (785%) with a rating of not below sixty percent (60%) in any subject.

If ever, an examinee obtains an average rating of seventy-five percent (75%) or higher but gets a rating below sixty percent (60%) in any subject, he/she must take the examination again but only in the subject or subjects where he/she is rated below sixty percent (60%). In order to pass the succeeding examination, an examinee must obtain a rating of at least seventy-five percent (75%) in the subject or subjects repeated. 

Good luck to our future Nurses!

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78 thoughts on “Nursing Board Exam (NLE) 2021 Schedule & Requirements”

    1. Hi.i have a question regarding nursing exam.If it possible that im going to file an exam even if im here at israel?

          1. Hello po admin.. ask lang po. kung mag end na po talaga filing ngayong Oct, 19, 2020 para sa exam next year?

  1. Roceline Mae Alipio

    iam a planning to take again a board exam but now iam married, what will be the requirements nkw I need to comply? thank you!

    1. how to file application for exam.. i have an account last 2 yrs but i forget my email and password , how can i create or proceed to application because if i create another account then cannot save it will “you have allready an account” but the problem is i forgot my email and pasword before…

  2. Orlando macaspac antonio jr

    I am a retaker. May i know the requirements if ican reapply for exam? 2007 pa last take my prc exam

      1. Hi Admin,
        Ask ko lang po, para sa mga retakers graduated from YR 2007 and took the NLE same year, may kailangan pa po bang iprepare given na napass naman ung mga cases? Mejo naguguluhan lang po ako sa Certification of undertaking na minention.

      2. Hi admin, ask q lang po need p b ng refresher course kpag retakers ka? 3times failed n po.. pls answer me.thank u

      3. Admin, Klangan pa po b ng refresher course kung 3times n failed sa exam? Last exam q po 2012 pa. Pls answer me Admin. Thanks

    1. hello. diba di naman macoconsider na graduate kung di complete yung cases mo… need po yun. s school ka po nnyo mag ask kung ano pwede mo gawin.

  3. Hi ,I graduated bsn year 2009.and I didn’t tried to file the nle even once.and now I’m planning to take ,I want to know do I still have a chance to take the nle?thank u

    1. Same tayo,2010 batch ako hindi ako nakapag file dati nawala kasi rle ko,and noong binabalikan ko mga hospital nag cut off na ang prc ,hndi na tumanggal ng applicnts.

  4. Is it true po ba na priority ang delayed na takers from May-June for the resched this coming November 2020 (to control the mass gathering)?

  5. Lorryle Fariñas

    Hi! I have an appointment for examination NLE April 30 2020 in Robinson novaliches. But unfortunately it’s ECQ. where and when I can come to pass my requirements?

    1. Hi po, need pa po ba ng bagong TOR from school if mag retake or di na? I took the exam last 2013 pa po, kaylangan po ba updated or new? Hope you notice po,, thanks

  6. I am planning to take again the board exam but now. I am married, My I know what will be the requirements to niw I need to comply. last 2011 pa nagtake prc exam.

    1. Sa akin din po, yon pa rin bang NOA SA MAY ang gagamitan ko kung magtatake aq nang exam dz November kasi naka pagfile na po ako eh,sa april pa nga yon,or need ba talagang mag file ulit pra mka nang exam dz november?

  7. Paano kaya ako makapag file sa prc?,2010 graduate ako nawala kasi rle ko dati kaya hindi ako nakapag board same year na petition na ako sa nz.,may chance pa kaya makapag take ako ngayon?


      1. This answer is very much appreciated. Grad ako 2007, nawala RLE ko. good thing i had all my cases both minor and major signed and notarized. Now its 2020, I’m 37 years old, all my kids are older now, I am thinking of reviewing and take the board exam before im 40. Do you think y chance pa? Lol.

        1. age doesn’t matter po. yn friend k graduate ng 1990 at nag try tlg cya hnggng pumasa cya nun 2017 at the age of 50. now, nurse na cya sa dubai. my isa dn akng friend na 1998 graduate at 2016 pumasa. now, nurse cya sa saudi. kya cge lng don’t lost hope.. try and try kc there’s a time and place for everything. malay mo swerte m na ngyon at oras m ng pumasa..

    2. You only have to get a certification sa school mo na nawala ang mga cases mo but you completed it… Iaalow po Ng PRC yun and ofcorse with the power of atty. And signed by the college Dean Ganun po ginawa Ng friend ko… Kasi ichecheck lang Naman po Ng PRC yung listing nila Kung meron po kayong batch no. And name na ipinapasa din po Ng ched sa Kanika mga ma’am and sir… Good luck and God bless 🙏🙏🙏🙏 po….

      1. Hello ask lang postponed yung exam next year pero yung filling po. na extend po ba? o mag end na talaga this monday? Oct 19, 2020?
        salamat po sa sagot admi

      2. Amelita Hugan Zillen

        Hi pwede pa po bang gamitin ang NOA ko last November 2020,, para sa exam this May 2021? Please i need answer para alam ko next nagagawin. Thanks

  8. Nag try ako mag file online pero from april 2012 to present lang ang pwede. Retaker kasi ako from 2011 ako. Pano kaya to? May nakapag try naba dito 2011 graduate ano ginawa niyo? Makapag take pa ba?

    1. Ghee Anne Gabriel

      Ganun din ako 2011 pa last take ko. Sa leris april 2012 to present. Nag email ako sa prc hindi naman nagreply..

  9. Nagtry ako na mag online sa leris ok na sana lahat pero yung time of schedule and location branch is available, paano kaya ito? Retaker ako.

  10. Estrellita V. Samoramos

    Good day admin..
    I graduated 2006 pa then i took an nle but failed and i filed to take again pero hindi po ako nkaattend sa day ng exam due to personal reason,and now i want to take again,same pa rin po ba ang requirements to 1st timer? And may nle exam ba for 2021? San po pwed makapag update?
    Pls respect po..thanks and fod bless

  11. HI PO!

  12. my sister only failed 1 part of the exam way back 2009. now she was palnning to take her exam this year.
    What are process to credit her previous grades?

  13. Hi, im 2007 graduated, planning to take the board exam this year.. i don’t know what is NOTARIZED CERTIFICATE OF UNDERTAKING? can anyone assist me about this? Thanks in advance.

  14. Dear Sir / Mam,

    Please can you help me in regards the Nursing Licensure Examination for Nursing here in Dubai, UAE.
    I am planning to do the examination again.
    First, I wanted to know which place is/are available for the exam here in United Arab Emirates and 2nd the requirements.
    Please hope you can help me on this matter.

    Thank you.

  15. 2009 po ako graduate, di pa po ako nakapag board, planning to take this year. Do I need to take a refresher bago mag exam? Ano po gagawin sa RLE’s pwede pa po ba yun ang gamitin at isubmit? Nakumpleto at na sign na po yun. Thanks for your reply.

  16. Ghee Anne Gabriel

    Tanong lang po kasi po dun sa leris applicable lang ang april april2012 to present last take ko po ay july 2011. Gusto ko po sana mag retake..

  17. Arian Marie Clete

    2010 pa po ako graduate, naka pag board exam po ako once nung 2011, but planning to take a board exam this, do i need to take refresher course po ba before exam? Ano po gagawin sa RLE do i need to submit again or hindi na po? Thank you sa reply..

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