To all those interested in attending the Inter American Univ. of Puerto Rico. First thing that you need to understand are the cultural differences. Everything in Puerto Rico moves at an alarmingly slow pace compared to the states. People are much more relaxed and never in a rush (except when driving). Do not bother to call the school service offices (admissions, registration, etc) they wont have answers for you. You need to call 787-250-1912. You can choose the english option and ask an operator to give you the number to the school of nursing. An advisor there will tell you what you need to do. You can print and mail an application like you would for any other university. Admissions is pretty much automatic, if you can pass the classes you can get your BSN in two and a half years depending on how many general education credits you transfer. The school is not too ddifficult but it is extreemly time consuming. Since it is an accelerated trimester program your clinicals can run from 4-8 hours a few times per week and thats not including you lecture and lab times. You will pay per credit, not a fixed tuition per trimester. Depending on how many labs and clinicals you take per trimester it will run you between $1600-$3500 per trimester including fees. Books are seperate. You will need to buy a clinical uniform
(approx $45), a name tag (approx $7), non slip white shoes, and she university patch to sew to your uniform. You also need a health certificate. To get one you need to go to a physician that will test you for TB ($30) and send you to a lab for a VDRL blood test ($12). Once you go back with the VDRL results, if you test negative for TB and VDRL he will issue you a health certificate. All students will need to show evidence of Hep B vaccination series before being allowed on a clinical site. You will start clinicals your first trimester. And lastly all students need a certificate of good conduct. This is a certificate that states that you have no criminal record. To get one you will need to go to the police main headquarters in San Juan, the university will have directions, all you need is $1.50 for the two stamps that go on the certificate and you SS#. Both the health certificate and the certificate of good conduct can only be attained in PR, you cant get them state side. Plan on arriving at least a month before the begining of classes because you will need to meet with an advisor at the nursing school in order to be cleared to register for classes and the good sections go fast. Over all I think its a good school for those who want to graduate fast. However, it is alot to learn in a very short time and you need to be motivated to do alot of reading and self teaching. If you dont graduate at the top of your class you will have a hard time with the boards. I graduate with a 3.97 and passed the NCLEX the first time. Those students with GPA's lower than 3.0 will have a very hard time with their boards. As far as having issues with licensing in your particular state that is something to discuss with your local board of nursing. Some states will consider Puerto Rico educated nurses "foreign nurses." There are loop holes so dont be discouraged. Florida for example will not license nurses educated in PR unless they go through the CGFNS. There were many students in my graduating class with plans to return to Florida. They applied through a state that would license them ( NY, WI, CT, and many more) and then if they passed their boards later had their licenses endorsed by Florida. Post again if you have any questions.