My UPOU Admission Essay for the Master of Arts in Nursing Program

April 25th, 2010 by Dianne Peña

The most popular college degree in the Philippines today is nursing. According to one article, there around 400,000 licensed nurses who are not gainfully employed and there is an estimated 80,000 board-passers joining the ranks each year. Many of them even end up paying for a job in a desperate attempt to obtain the necessary work experience.

The fact above is very alarming. Thus, it also increases the competition among Filipino Nurses here and abroad. It makes me think, “What is my edge among any other nurses?” then, that is when I thought of enrolling myself in a Master’s program. I know subjecting myself to a post-graduate study can be very demanding but I believe, with my strong motivation and dedication, I can claim my degree without me realizing that it is already done. I envision myself as a successful nurse with this degree as a tool in hand on dealing and promoting my patients’ well being.

As a fresh graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I feel that I need to expound my knowledge, skills and attitude with regards to this profession. With my status now, I must admit that I have yet to discover the wonders of this profession. This degree will be an aid in boosting my confidence in walking the path through my chosen field. In addition, it will also mold me into a well-rounded, mature person who can face any challenge this profession has to offer.

Most people think that a master’s degree is for “old” people but I believe that starting young will enable you to achieve more than you could have ever imagine yourself to attain. With my age, I know some will doubt my maturity as this program will progress but I believe I possess a firm adaptation and coping skills that will help me as this program goes in the long run. I have the energy and most especially, my unwavering faith in God that reigns above all.

I have come to choose UP Open University because the classes are offered via distance education. With that, I can earn my degree and at the same time gain experience in relation to my profession. I can certainly appreciate the things that will transpire because I can directly apply it in the real life setting. I strongly believe that this post graduate program in this institution will enable me to increase my competence in a major field in nursing, enhance my understanding about different nursing theories, principles, methodologies and its application, develop my critical thinking on certain nursing issues, and most especially, establish my own contribution in our health care delivery system through this career advancement.

Finishing this program will be my best achievement so far because this will serve as my transition from a novice to an expert nurse. After getting this degree, I plan to teach college-nursing students probably in lecture or in clinical set-up as my means in helping our country produce quality nurses.

I would be very pleased to join the distinguished class enrolling at University of the Philippines, Open University in the academic year 2010. Overall, I feel that UPOU can help me achieve my goals by preparing me to fulfill my obligation to myself, to society, and to the nursing profession.

Dianne Kristin G. Peña, R.N

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41 Responses to “My UPOU Admission Essay for the Master of Arts in Nursing Program”

  1. UPOU Graduate Admission Essays | Distance Education in the Philippines Says:

    […] Graduate Admission Essay #2 by Dianna Kristin G. Peña, RN, who applied for admission to the Master of Arts in Nursing program of the UP Open University (Application Status: For Evaluation) […]

  2. justin Says:

    hi again, i visitd the UPOU website, and one of their requirmnts is to have at least a year of staff nurse experience., so how did you manage to get in? tnx

  3. Dianne Peña Says:

    @justin- I just submitted all my requirements and then they will evaluate your status. As of now, since I still dont have the required length of experience i am classified as a NON-DEGREE student. I will only get the degree if I have finished 50% of the total number of units and have a GWA of 2.0.

  4. ace lennon babasa Says:

    hi dianne,

    i am ace. alumnus of FEU-IN Class 2007. i was pleased to see your website and glad to know that you qualified for UPOU. congratulations.

    i am also enrolled at UPOU. i am on my second year already with MCN as major. just study your modules and work on your assignments and you will pass.

    mejo mahirap talaga but it’s nice there at UP. see you around at UP.

  5. ace lennon babasa Says:

    actually in our batch, there are only 2 FEU graduates. one is jedd megino, Adult health major and member of Class 2008. attend the tutorials because it’s the only time that you meet our professors.

    and, do not miss your exams. removals are difficult i should say.

    kaya mo yan! tamaraw nurse eh!

  6. Dianne Peña Says:

    @ace- Thank you for your advice. I think I have seen 3 tamaraws in our batch now at UPOU. We are a big group and I think we dont have any tutorials??? Anyway, Good Luck and God Bless! :]

  7. Dianne Peña Says:

    @ace- Hi! Thank you so much! I now wonder as to how to get a 2.0 GWA… I am still considered a non-degree student, and I need to maintain that grade to be entitled for the degree… I plan to get AHN as my major. Congratulations and Good Luck too!

  8. guinevere gail Says:

    hi dianne,

    i am gail, a nurse from bacolod. thanks God i was able to google about distance learning and i found your website. would that be possible even i work here in bacolod or do i need to stay in manila? will the requirements be passed personally.

  9. Jen Rosana, RN Says:

    Hi fellow Tamaraws… 🙂

    I am a graduate of FEU-NRMF Batch 2009. Currently, I’m taking up my Master’s degree in UST. I am now working on my thesis and I am looking for ONLINE Master of Arts in Nursing graduates who are working as faculty in nursing schools. Help please? Do you know anyone? Thanks a bunch… 🙂

  10. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi Jen, Im currently enrolled and know of only my batchmates in UPOU and as far as i know, they are not affiliated with nursing schools right now.

  11. chachi RN Says:

    Hi Dianne, can you please further explain to me that you are now a non – degree in MAN, how does it go to get the degree. I also have no experience in the field and plan to get MAN. Also, what’s the range (Peso) of the Tuition fee in UPOU. Thanks a lot.

  12. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi Chachi, UPOU requires at least 1 year hospital experience before you will be entitled with the degree. If not, you can still be admitted as a probation student and you need to maintain an average grade of 2.0 and earn half of the total units (18 units) before being entitled. Now that I have finished the academic units, I think I am not a probation student anymore. Range for 1st year, 6 units is around 9000+ pesos. I dont know if they increased.

  13. chachi RN Says:

    Littlenars, do you have any info if they will accept a volunteer nurse hospital experience??

  14. miaka Says:

    Hello! Just want to ask, regarding the reference letter. Should it be one from former professor and one from supervisor or can I submit two from supervisors (past and present)? Or for example one from my head nurse/supervisor and one from charge/senior nurse? Thank you in advance. 🙂

  15. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi chachi RN, i dont have an idea but i believe you can still be admitted ubder probatinary status just like when I first got in at upou. You just need to maintain a GWA of 2.0 and take half of the total number of units to be entitled for the degree.

  16. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi maika, you can submit from any of your mentors, professors, supervisors, head nurses, charge nurses… The most credible or higher position to give you recommendation, the better right? As long as you have 2 of it and make sure you use the recommendation form uploaded in the upou site and place it in a sealed envelope with signature.

  17. miaka Says:

    Thank you very much for your reply. God bless!

  18. Reem Says:

    Im a nurse trained in philippines but currently staying in nigeria,pwede ba ko mgapply even if im here in nigeria?kelangan ba in person pgngpass requirements?pls answer

  19. Emmy Says:

    Pwede b ako mgaaply ng MAN jan sa UPOU kahit wala ako sa pinas?hindi kasi ako makakuwi dahil sa work but i really want to do my masters

  20. Emmy Says:

    I want to ask also ilang years po ang masters of arts in nursing in UPOU?

  21. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi Reem! I think as long as your requirements are complete, oyu can have it sent to the philippine embassy there as your learning center. Or you can ask a relative/friend of yours to submit the requirements for you here in the philippines. You can email the admission personnel at for more info.

  22. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi emmy! Minimum is 3 years and you are allowed to finish for 7 years.

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  25. angel Says:

    hi…..ive been planning to apply in UPOU but seems its very time consuming and difficult. in my present work i could not possibly do it since my off day will be resting or sleeping. my present work is ICU and the more i think the more i become frustrated….hope to do it!

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  27. Dianne Peña Says:

    @angel, applying is easy just visit the website at and comply with the requirements. They accept applicants before the first semester until month of february of the school year.

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