Ok all, here it is. Sit down and brace yourself. I have updated information, oh, I have graduated with a BSN degree!!! its a victory at a great cost...
There is a lot that I wish I knew prior to signing on with iuon. If I knew just 3 of the things I know now, I would have stayed the heck away and preached in front of their office and taken out ads and bought radio/tv/done college tours to advocate staying away from iuon. Is it that bad? well, $120 THOUSAND+ dollars later...yes.
Why, to save time just scroll up/down and reread what I have stated in prior posts.
Now, I had stated earlier that iuon is partnered with a school in Puerto Rico for a BSN degree. That is Universtiy of Turabo ( UT ). I also stated that if you wanted to, go to the Inter-American Unviresty in/near San Juan Puerto Rico.
Well, don't...to both.
After graduating from UT, and earning the dual degree from UT and iuon, and can first-hand tell you that it was hell. And not in a good "nursing-school-hell," the very bad kind.
To simplfy things I will bullet em, this is for ut::::
-UT is in Puerto Rico..period.. What does that mean? Well, a lot. IF you were hoping to go through iuon and get into Florida or Cali...forget it!!!! FORGET IT!!! DO NOT GO TO iuon...
-1) Puerto Rico is considered a FOREIGN country by FL/CA/and a few other states...let that sink in....k, with me. What that means, IF you wanted to go to FL, CA, or even a few other states you NEED to have all your credits evaluated by a 2ndary company. Thats about $400 when all said and done. THEN that company sends it to FL /CA...you pay their nursing fee; only to get rejected when they see iuon on your transcripts.
******FL and CA Nursing Board has come down and FINALLY said "they do not recgonize iuon as a accredited school."******
..now wait, if Jane/John Doe got into FL/CA from Timbuktu, why not me from iuon/ut? Well, they worked in Timbuktu for 2yrs or more. FL/CA both have stated that if you work anywhere for less than 2yrs your credits still need to evaluated, and iuon well be the red-flag that will get you rejected.
-Teacher, at ut and iuon, are too laid back, there is no accountability. During UT, students were begging the Dean to do something about teachers not showing up, being late, dismissing the class early, allowing homework to be turned in late, showing up late to clinicals, *sigh*....list goes on. Teacher were smart, most were working 1-2 other part/full-time jobs and then there is the "its raining, I couldn't come in...it was raining" excuses....We had one teacher that showed up to 4 classes out of a 3 month long course. ..4...for a class that met 3x's a week....4 times....*sigh* There was one teacher that was amazing!! but worked another job, drove a few hours to the clinical site, and at times became so tired she cut the clinical time in 1/2. We had to go back to campus and do...*gasp* more powerpoints assignments
- The lack of discipline, ut & iuon, drove almost every student in my group to slack off. Literally, a few took 3 days to go off island, miss class and clinicals "just cause." The make-up assignment...nothing. Nada. zip... Then there are those of us who hated that, complained (to the teacher, the student, the dean), and got nowhere...
-The language in Puerto Rico. You either know spanish or you do not. If you do, great. If you don't, well sucks for you. Patients will talk in spanish (comfort level), if they talk in english its cause they lived all their life in the US and moved back to retire or its spangilsh. Can you learn spanish? Heck yes!! LoL with all the free time you have you could. Most of us just ended up getting into study groups and tried to learn what we were suppose to know about nursing to pass the Nclex.
-UT, some very nice people, but what a wacky setup. We graduated in December, but our offical transcript were not ready for 4 months. The 2nd group of iuon students graduate in May and their transcripts won't be ready till June/July. On the nursing applications we noticed that they wrote down our graduation was January 9, 2009, instead of December 22, 2008. I don't want to hear about schedules, or "well its when you walk across.." or even "they need to make sure you actually passed..." No. Its just the way UT does it. In 2005/2006, we were told, that they only use to give out transcripts ONCE a year and issue a diplomia ONCE a year. They changed due to "a change in times." So, if you were hoping for expediance in getting paperwork done; you're not. Think military, "Hurry up!! and wait..."
Now you may have done research or have a friend that is in iuon and going gaga over island life, and will say "they have a BSN in CO! Scuttles is an idiot!! Come on down!!" ..wait for it..waaiiiiitt...
The CO college has put a "hold" on more iuon students!! LoL just the way the AZ school did. Is anyone from iuon going to AZ??? heck no. Its a dead deal or better known as a "Conditional Contract" ...a 1 time deal.
Then there are those that ARE working in CA from iuon and a partnership school....well, those students came from a STATESIDE partner school. From what we are able to gather is that the boards do not see iuon students, they see that the iuon'ians were "re-educated" by the ADN/BSN stateside schools.
Robert Ross should have stopped at the Med and Vet. schools. He took time and effort to get those up before running with them. Oh, iuon isn't iuon anymore it is a college within the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, because he is combining the school to take in students who want to be doctors. So the future for the nursing school side of it looks like it will be slowly absorbed to a full doctor school. ((easier for medstudents to get loans, than bsn students..medschool is a graduate level education, while BSN is a undergraduate degree.))
Is it all bleak and dire gloom? No, it is just that if you know yourself and you are not self motivated and can not sit down and challenge yourself to self-teach the information, then iuon and ut may not be the school for you. Teachers hands down were better at st.kitts than in ut, but those teacher weren't teaching medsurg. They were teaching community, and mental. And thats still not saying much. The group behind my group, never were taught about burns, and the Parkland formula.
Will people still shout praise about their time in iuon, oh heck yes. I do too, but its about the friends, not about the school or the challenges they presented to us to become nurses. WE challenged ourselves to know the material. We had potluck dinners (money was tight), We went over cranial nerves and head-to-toe (cause it was glossed over), We made fast friends and shared in something that was unique and is hard to get into writing.
Though if you ask each one of us, we would tell you not to go to iuon.