Eight students of the AU Transnational Nursing Program (TNP), formerly International Nursing Program, earned their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees from the Edith Cowan University (ECU) during its commencement rites held at the Perth Convention and Exhibit Center in Perth City, Western Australia on September 15, 2013.
The graduates are: Marc Leandro Andanar, Ma. Angela Asuncion, Ma. Camille Allana Blas, Maria Erika Jocson, Jessel Ann Peñaojas, Ma. Jeannine Penohermoso, Jake Christer Johnson Quidit and Ma. Stephannie Siega. They comprise the third batch of AU students who completed their first three years of study at the main campus of Arellano University, then transferred for one year of study at ECU. Having graduated at ECU they are now Registered Nurses in Australia since earning a BSN degree there grants a graduate automatic registration without the need to take a board exam.
While studying at ECU, the students had part-time jobs. International students in Australia are allowed to work for 20 hours a week during the academic semester and full time during school breaks. The graduates report that their work experience gave them direct access to the Australian healthcare system which aptly complemented the academic training they had from AU and ECU.
The AU-ECU partnership for Nursing is an official agreement between the two universities wherein a BSN degree may be obtained through the following program options: (1) studying for three years at AU-TNP and one year at ECU; (2) two years at AU College of Nursing and two years at ECU; and (3) one year at ECU for AU BSN graduates who are already Philippine Registered Nurses. AU-TNP students have been taking their final year in ECU since 2011.
The AU Transnational Nursing Program is the only one of its kind here in the Philippines. Students under this program have the option of transferring either to Alderson-Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia, USA or to Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. The program has produced graduates in both universities.
The newly grads: (from left to right) Erika Jocson, Jake Quidit, Stephanie Siega, Camille Blas, Angela Asuncion, Jeannine Penohermoso, Jessel Peñaojas and Marc Andanar show their ECU diplomas. They are now Registered Nurses in Australia.