Am I really an international nurse?

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    I just finished my BSN in Puerto Rico and the school I graduated from in P.R. is accredited by the NLNAC. I contacted the CT board of nursing before going away for school and I was told that I would be able to apply for licensure once I returned to CT, but there is another student that graduated from the same school that I did that was told that she would need to go through the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGNFS). This set her back approx. $800 dollars and it took several months for her to get permission to take the NCLEX-RN. Was I misinformed or am I okay? I would hate to pay the $90 application fee only to be told I need to pay another $800 and then wait an eternity to take the NCLEX.
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    Would check again with them as usually if training done outside of the US then you are classed as an International nurse, this is regardless on being a USC
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    I study in the University of Puerto Rico and it is accredited by the middle states college association ( One of a few U.S. entities that accredit universities). We are also a US territory which means you SHOULD NOT be classified as a foreign Nurse.

    If I were you and your friend I'd check again, the person who attended her probably isn't aware that we are part of the US.

    And please keep us posted.
    Last edit by sunset357 on Aug 10, '08 : Reason: TYPO
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    Hi where did you study in PR?
    Thanks...
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    PR is part of US territory. I suppose they are exempted from going through CFGNS.You should be fine!
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    I graduated from the Interamerican Univ, of P.R metro campus. It is a trimester program so you graduate faster, but I would not recommend it. The professors were very irresponsible and unreliable. The school would benefit from a new director. I did call the board of nursing again and I was reassured. Thanks again.
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    hello!! i am seriously considering getting my bachelors in nursing at the same school in PR. I already have a bachelors in business and have taken all the prereq courses for accelerated bachelor programs---i am unsure if i will get in or if i can handle the stress and intensity of an accelerated program...so PR is my safe school. How much did it cost you, how long was it (did you have a previous education to transfer credits like me?), and anything you can tell me!! should i rent a place in Cupey? should I buy a cheapo car there or bring my VW. i would start in August if I went. I think i would like living in PR, i have lived all over the world and especially like tropical islands, and I speak some spanish. Was the program very intense, was it difficult, do you feel prepared for the NCLEX??? i have been contacting soo many people at the university but i hardly ever get any answers. THANK YOU SO MUCH
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    Hello. This program is definitely really not very hard. I graduated with a 3.97 GPA and I dont think I worked all that hard. This program is divided into trimesters. There are three trimesters in one school year so you get alot done in a very short time. The clinicals run from 4-8 hours depending on how you choose to take them and the time of your other classes. I transfered all of my pre-reqs but it didnt make a difference because the science courses (anatomy and physiology, etc.) were integrated into the nursing courses so you learn it all at the same time. If you take from 18-21 credits per trimester you can graduate with your BSN in about 2 years. As far as cost, it is SUPER CHEAP. You do not get charged a straight fee for tuition. You only pay for the credits you are taking. A single trimester will run you from about $1600-$3400 depending on the amount of credits you take and how many lab fees you have to pay. This does not include the cost of books, which are very expensive. Cupey is the place to get an apartment. Guaynabo is very nice and clean and very close to the university as well. Rent for an average 1 bedroom in this area can run you from $450-$650/month and almost always include the cost of water and electricity. If you have an AC you will have to pay more. I would not recommend taking you car to PR. The roads are TERRIBLE and car theft is out of control, and the cops wont even try looking for your car if its stolen. Buy a cheap car and sell it before you leave. The program is designed to prepare you for the NCLEX, but it is so short that you really need to put alot of study time on your own to learn what you need to know. One thing you will learn about PR is that you cant get anything done over the phone. Dont waste your time calling the university you wont get an answer. Print and mail an application with your full vaccination history. If you decide to go I would recommend that you arrive at least two months before school begins because you have to see a nursing school counselor in person to get approval to register for your nursing courses. You have to fill out a FAFSA to be considered to financial aid. I could give you many tips but I would be typing for hours. If you want more info you can reply in a private chat and I can give you my phone number. Brush up on your spanish. Most staff at the university are bilingual but you will be totally lost everywhere else.
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    Quote from corjen1226
    Hello. This program is definitely really not very hard. I graduated with a 3.97 GPA and I dont think I worked all that hard. This program is divided into trimesters. There are three trimesters in one school year so you get alot done in a very short time. The clinicals run from 4-8 hours depending on how you choose to take them and the time of your other classes. I transfered all of my pre-reqs but it didnt make a difference because the science courses (anatomy and physiology, etc.) were integrated into the nursing courses so you learn it all at the same time. If you take from 18-21 credits per trimester you can graduate with your BSN in about 2 years. As far as cost, it is SUPER CHEAP. You do not get charged a straight fee for tuition. You only pay for the credits you are taking. A single trimester will run you from about $1600-$3400 depending on the amount of credits you take and how many lab fees you have to pay. This does not include the cost of books, which are very expensive. Cupey is the place to get an apartment. Guaynabo is very nice and clean and very close to the university as well. Rent for an average 1 bedroom in this area can run you from $450-$650/month and almost always include the cost of water and electricity. If you have an AC you will have to pay more. I would not recommend taking you car to PR. The roads are TERRIBLE and car theft is out of control, and the cops wont even try looking for your car if its stolen. Buy a cheap car and sell it before you leave. The program is designed to prepare you for the NCLEX, but it is so short that you really need to put alot of study time on your own to learn what you need to know. One thing you will learn about PR is that you cant get anything done over the phone. Dont waste your time calling the university you wont get an answer. Print and mail an application with your full vaccination history. If you decide to go I would recommend that you arrive at least two months before school begins because you have to see a nursing school counselor in person to get approval to register for your nursing courses. You have to fill out a FAFSA to be considered to financial aid. I could give you many tips but I would be typing for hours. If you want more info you can reply in a private chat and I can give you my phone number. Brush up on your spanish. Most staff at the university are bilingual but you will be totally lost everywhere else.
    Hello!! I actually got accepted into the nursing program at Interamerican University, I have mixed feelings..Im excited but scared at the same time. I would definitevly appreciate any info about the school and life in PR. I actually have tons of questions. THANK YOU
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    I found your post so helpful because i had many of the same questions that Roses623 had. I am also applying to InterAmerican University for August-entry into the Trimester program. I'm kind of apprehensive because I've read some negative posts about the school. Overall, did you like going there? Are there other students in the Nursing trimester program that are from the states? How many students were in your classes? I'm planning on dorming for at least a little while. Is it easy to get around on campus? How far away is the beach? Where did you hang out? Did you pass your NCLEX? Did you have any trouble finding a job in the states? I have tons of questions. I'm new to this site, could you private chat me, so I can give you my email or phone number? I'd really appreciate any and all info that you have. Thanks!


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