Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 17

Anyone out there have info on the school in Arecibo, PR? It is a 24 month program that begins in August. I'd love to hear anything, thanks. zzzzzgirl... Read More

  1. by   designer-mommy
    Isla Verde and Condado are going to be very expensive. Personally, I would recommend Caguas because it's a big city, you can get houses pretty cheap and you're not too far from the school. It will take about 20 minutes to get there. You can take the expressway, it's $1.50 to go to the university, but doesn't cost anything on the way back. Or, you can take #1 and that takes you straight from Caguas to the college. I prefer the expressway though LOL

    Sure, Isla Verde and Condado are great party spots, but because they are great party spots, they're going to cost you. If you have the money to spend, that's great. However, keep in mind that we pay a LOT for things like electricity and water. We only run one window AC unit at night, from about 8 or 10 pm to 7 am, and our light bill comes out to about $150-$200 a month. Water is around $90 every month but I swear there's a leak somewhere LOL And groceries, forget about it. Everything is SOOOO expensive because it's imported. Sure, you can get products from here and the generic Wal-Mart brand, which is what I do whenever I can, but some things you're gonna pay through the nose for. I just want to let you know that cost of living is quite a bit higher here, and I'm originally from Orlando, FL, where things aren't really cheap at all compared to a lot of the other states. So, if it's expensive for me, it's expensive LOL

    Again, Caguas is an awesome city. I may be biased because that's where I am most of the time, but I love it.
  2. by   GRADRN2010
    Quote from metrogirl
    I'm graduating in May from undergrad and am considering flying out afterward to look at neighborhoods and secure housing as well. I haven't gotten a decision yet, but don't doubt that I will soon. Does anyone have any neighborhood recommendations? From what I've been looking at online, Miramar, Isla Verde and Condado seem to be what I'm looking for.
    While these areas are all about 7 miles from school...you will need a car.
    These places are $$$$$. One beds about 900+. Look in Ocean Park too. Its a small community close to beach between Condado and Isla Verde. Your best best for allll places is to come here and find signs and call. Not many people use the internet here, really. Also, PR's usually do not check voice mail. Im not generalizing, Im telling you the truth from experience and from the fact that non of my friends answer the VM. Its NOT considered rude to not get an answer and call back 2 or three times.
  3. by   designer-mommy
    LOL That's sooooo true about the voicemail. We never, ever check the voicemail. I find it easier to just call the number back. People will ask us what we think about what they said in the message, and it's like...what message? Oops! So yeah, if you don't get a call back, just call again. Also, many people (probably in the mainland too) don't answer numbers that they don't recognize.
  4. by   mike.choley
    I don't want to live in Condado/Ocean Park for the parties but instead to live close to the beach. Oh and I have found studios around there in the 500 range and everything is negotiable too...
  5. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from mike.choley
    I don't want to live in Condado/Ocean Park for the parties but instead to live close to the beach. Oh and I have found studios around there in the 500 range and everything is negotiable too...
    No, I didn't mean that! I'm sorry, hope I didn't offend you. I just think that the whole college experience goes along with nightlife, having fun, etc. Then again, I'm 31, married with 4 little ones, so I don't know much about partying anymore! I guess what I meant to say was that those are popular tourist/vacation spots, so they will charge you more. Not necessarily party spots. And $500 for a studio sounds great! Just put feelers out and try to find out if they're in a good area or not. That's very, very important here.
  6. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    Now not only do I have "E" but I have a client and her company does business with the University. She contacted her colleague who works with IAUPR. Her colleague has a contact at the University and this person contacted me to let me know that she can help me with anything.

    I anytime I have emailed someone 2 or 3 times in a month with no response I email her and carbon copy her. She gets right on it and speaks with the person and the person promises they will email me back. She is great and I could not ask for a better contact however she cannot write the email for these incompetent people and I don't want to bug her too much.
    OK so I sent an email to my contact (see story above) at IAUPR and wow, oh wow!! She emailed the Chancellor of the Metropolitan Campus and within one hour I had a call from a girl in admissions asking where she can fax my acceptance letter.

    It is so nice to know people.

    Now I am going to lay low, wait for my letter from LSU and then figure out which big move I am going to make.

    Someone on the LSU thread got a letter stating they are on the alternate list and it is worrying me so I am leaning a bit more toward PR right now.

    Does anyone know if IAUPR goes straight through the summer? Most accelerated programs dont stop. Lsu is 21 months and there is NO summer except for a week or so in the middle. I don't believe IAUPR is a true accelerated program though. Anyone know the answer?

    Yay, at least I was accepted somewhere I can afford. I'm not sure why I applied to schools I can't afford.
  7. by   nauhjat
    Hey, I envy you. Good job networking. i guess it really does pay to know people. Well at least now you have options. In response to your question in the brochure it says the program is three trimesters and two summers. It looks like your next two summers will be a little busy if you decide to attend but I think its worth it.
  8. by   nauhjat
    Now, I have a question. Looking at the Brochure for the BSN program (the one with the people on it and outline of the class schedule) it looks like you can finish the associate degree portion in about a year if you have all of the general glasses done already. My question is would IAUPR allow you to take the NCLEX after your first year if you have the equivalent of an associate degree (which meets the requirements of the NCLEX in most states)? Hmm?? FYI I also noticed on the NLNAC site they are trying to get there ADN program accredited too.
  9. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from nauhjat
    In response to your question in the brochure it says the program is three trimesters and two summers. It looks like your next two summers will be a little busy if you decide to attend but I think its worth it.
    Good this is what I want. I don't want to be a full time student in the PR economy with summers off. Straight through is good with a small break for a mini island hop rejuvenation trip.

    I am starting to excited. Now I am seriously weighing LSU and IAUPR. It is nice to have choices. It would be so nice to learn Spanish I just wish I had more details on the the NCLEX pass rate for IAUPR. No one at the school can provide it.
  10. by   PR NURSE
    Hi, I can answer some questions, as I'm graduating from the program in a few weeks. Yes, you can take the NCLEX after earning the ADN. You take it in PR, but through the state board of Winsconsin. Many students from my class have already taken it and passed it. I would guess that round 90% of the ones who took it passed it in the first try.
  11. by   designer-mommy
    Yay! Someone from the program!! I do have a few questions. What is your schedule like? Is it Monday through Friday? And from what time to what time do you go? I know it depends on the general classes that you take, but I'm talking about just the nursing courses and clinicals. We're trying to get a backup babysitting plan in place in case my MIL falls through.

    Also, is getting through the program just as frustrating as getting in? I mean, are the instructors a tad bit more organized than the admissions office? And what is your opinion about IAUPR losing its accreditation as a result of the review this fall? I would hate to stick around here until November and start school here just to find out that they lose it. I love PR and all, but I am so, so, SO ready to go back home. Getting my degree is the only thing that is keeping me here.

    One more thing, when did you start and when do you finish? Did you start in August of 2007, so that's a little over 2 1/2 years? I hear 2 years, 2 1/2 years, 3 years. I just want to get an idea of what month the students graduate. I guess it's in May, right? Congrats on finishing your degree!

    Oh, another stupid question. You said you test through the state of Wisconsin. Does that mean one can go and work for Wisconsin right away? Sorry if I sound completely clueless...I am. LOL
    Last edit by designer-mommy on Apr 30, '10
  12. by   designer-mommy
    I'm full of questions today! I guess this is for anyone who knows. What exactly happens once you pass the NCLEX? Does that mean you just have to finish the program and you're done? So if you pass it during the program you just have to worry about finishing your classes and that's it?
  13. by   PR NURSE
    Ok, first.
    What is your schedule like? Is it Monday through Friday? And from what time to what time do you go?
    It really depends on the trimester. In some cases you will de Monday through Saturday or Tuesday through Saturday. In other cases Monday through Thursday or Friday. You are looking at a schedule from 5 till 10pm.

    Also, is getting through the program just as frustrating as getting in? I mean, are the instructors a tad bit more organized than the admissions office? And what is your opinion about IAUPR losing its accreditation as a result of the review this fall? I would hate to stick around here until November and start school here just to find out that they lose it. I love PR and all, but I am so, so, SO ready to go back home. Getting my degree is the only thing that is keeping me here.
    Ok... Just be prepare for a "bit" of crisis each trimester for registration. That's because the nursing administration needs to make your registration manually and as you have seen, they are not good at organization. Other than that you'll be ok.

    In regards of the accreditation, I doubrt they'll loose it. If you get pass the little things everyone complaints, which are the same things that happens in every University, you'll see the program is good. One of the things I would change is that I would hire more professors and offer English nursing classes during the day and not only at night. You need as a group to fight that.

    In regards to the NCLEX, you can get your RN ADN license through Winsconsin as I said before, and then transfer it to any state you are going to work. After you finish your BSN, the state board in which gave you your license "Winsconsin" changes the classification from ADN to BSN. You don't have to take the exam again.

    One more thing, when did you start and when do you finish? Did you start in August of 2007, so that's a little over 2 1/2 years? I hear 2 years, 2 1/2 years, 3 years. I just want to get an idea of what month the students graduate. I guess it's in May, right? Congrats on finishing your degree!
    I started in August 2008 and will finish the 30 of May 2010. That's the accelerate program if you have another bachellors degree or your general ed courses completed. If you don't have the general education courses, It will take almost 3 years. Also, it's a combined science program. That means the biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology courses are complemented in the medical surgerie classes. These are the most difficult ones, they are 2 and take 8 hours a week "only the classes", so that's a 6-10pm class 2 times per week.

    I'm full of questions today! I guess this is for anyone who knows. What exactly happens once you pass the NCLEX? Does that mean you just have to finish the program and you're done? So if you pass it during the program you just have to worry about finishing your classes and that's it?
    Basicly yes.

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