Nursing School in Puerto Rico?

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    Hi there,

    I already have a BA, and am applying to accelerated BSN programs. I'd actually love to live in Puerto Rico, and so am considering studying there accelerated or not. My spanish is pretty minimal though by next summer it may be much better (3yrs in high school 8yrs ago, was conversational, using it again now working as an MA, and taking classes).

    Questions:
    1. Interamerican university- since i've taken all the nursing prereqs, and have a BA, can i do it in less time than 3.5yrs? How did people like the program? Experiences with the NCLEX? What is the student body like? Experiences getting jobs afterwards?
    2. U of PR Mayaguez or Antilles U. Some have alluded to non-native spanish speakers going there and becoming fluent as they go. Would it be realistic for me to choose this route? I understand the texts are in english, but if the lectures and tests are in spanish would that work? Are there immersion programs there? How many people like me end up doing this?

    thanks! todd
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    Hi!! One of my friends actually did an online program at Drexel, which is out of Philly. I think she liked it...she's working as a nurse now. Have u looked at online programs? Maybe some others have nursing degrees too? But it would be easier to understand the language!!
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    come on, I know some of you went to interamerican and RUM. please
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    Hi,

    I used to attend Interamerican U of Arecibo. I did not do nursing but I don't think their boards is accepted here........
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    there's a special program at their metro campus in English that prepares you to take the NCLEX test.
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    Quote from booeyschewy
    there's a special program at their metro campus in English that prepares you to take the NCLEX test.
    That's great then! I LOVED it when I lived in Arecibo-but there was just something about the states that I just couldn't give up, so I came back :-)
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    Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro Campus School of Nursing (SON), is the most unorganized, unprofessional, institution that I have ever set foot upon. The whole school is backwards and to make matters worst the SON is not any different. You would not only be wasting time but money as well if you decide to go there. Lots of hidden issues that are now being uncovered to students and officials throughout the university. To make a long story short....I REGRET moving to PR and enrolling at IAUPR! Complete waste....also you learn nothing! You are better off going elsewhere or taking online courses. You want to make sure you pass your NCLEX....and obviously they don't prepare you because NCLEX RN is not a requirement to work in PR. Good luck with your future plans....can't say you haven't been warned!!:angryfire
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    i was getting that impression. thanks for the advise! I am not applying there.
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    No advice about the schools, but I lived in PR for 3 years and I LOVED it and MISS it terribly!!! I didn't know spanish when I moved there but became fluent in about 6 months to a year. However.... even now, I would not enroll in a spanish academic program. There are some things that I must do in my native language - learning is one of them. I seriously used to get headaches just from trying to follow the TV for more than 15 minutes when I was first learning!

    I'm hoping that my bilingualism will be an asset that sets me apart from the majority when it comes time to apply for RN jobs!

    Good luck... where did you decide to apply?
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    Have you looked into Umet in bayamon, pr. U applied for August. They have a bilingual program where general ed classes are in Spanish and nursing in English. I visited the school and loved it. So much better then la inter. In Umet the director gave me the tour. In la inter the secretary and that was like five mins after someone finally acknowledged me.


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