Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 2

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   MidWest78
    Has anyone had trouble contacting the Addmissions Department for UPR in Arecibo? I have a BS in Health Care Management 3.2 GPA and Im trying to apply into the Nursing Program offered in Arecibo. What do you think my chances are? Anyone currently enrolled in UPR Nursing program? Does anyone know who I can contact for the Application and Information to the program?

    Thanks
  2. by   MidWest78
    I have a BA in Health Care Management with a 3.2 GPA, what are my chances in getting into the Nursing program in Arecbio? Anyone have a name or contact number for the admissions staff in UPR Arecibo? Are the requirements the same for all UPR branch schools?
  3. by   suzanneharvie
    I'm a student at Interamerican University at the Metro Campus......in the acelerated program. I already have a BA from many years ago... I live here in PR, so it was a great choice for me. And I understand from some of the other student who have come from the States that it was easier to get into than some State Side options. The program is basically good, but the school is lacking in resources. It is my understanding that employers in the States look at the degree very favorably...... and in the end, a BS/RN is a BS/RN. But don't imagine that you will be attending Georgetown University...... You WILL get hands on clinical experience, and there are lots of things here that you would not see at school in the States... Hope this helps
  4. by   jgimages
    Are you sure you want to go into nursing in Puerto Rico??? The whole hospital\healthcare system seems to be a mess. I lived in Puerto Rico for 8 years and I have never seen terrible health care. I don't know what current salaries are like there now but if I remember it was almost half of the payscale here in the states. (Which might explain the substandard quality of care) I love Puerto Rico very much and would love to go back but the Healthcare system is scary..:smackingf
  5. by   jgimages
    Quote from suzanneharvie
    ...... You WILL get hands on clinical experience, and there are lots of things here that you would not see at school in the States... Hope this helps
    ............This is exactly what I am talking about...."things you would not see in the states"
  6. by   Oakley44
    Quote from suzanneharvie
    I'm a student at Interamerican University at the Metro Campus......in the acelerated program. I already have a BA from many years ago... I live here in PR, so it was a great choice for me. And I understand from some of the other student who have come from the States that it was easier to get into than some State Side options. The program is basically good, but the school is lacking in resources. It is my understanding that employers in the States look at the degree very favorably...... and in the end, a BS/RN is a BS/RN. But don't imagine that you will be attending Georgetown University...... You WILL get hands on clinical experience, and there are lots of things here that you would not see at school in the States... Hope this helps
    This is exactly what I'm looking to do. I was born there; Speak a little Spanish but might be wanting to move back with my Fiance (who is fluent en espaol) after we get married next year. Can you send me a private message regarding how this program works? I've called U of Turabo and spoke with someone there but can't get through to anyone at UPR in SJ. I'm trying to find costs, pre-reqs, schedule etc.?
  7. by   SPower82
    i applied and spoke to someone there a couple years ago. here is the deal:

    17000 for the full program which is broken into 9 trimesters or 3 years. but they do take transfer credits so it could be less

    There are no prereqs and admission is essentially gaurenteed if you have a 2.0 + GPA and you get a BSN after its all done. this info only applies to the english program (they also have a spanish)

    Please note this is not the CRNA program, this is the BSN program which I think is what you are asking about. Also note that RNs get paid about 15 per hour in San Jaun if you can get a job, this is last i heard. Also, I have heard bad things regarding the organization of the program which can be a very seroious issue in some nursng schools, be careful if to many students tell you its disorganized I wouldnt go. my personal experience.



    DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE CRNA PROGRAM???? ANYONE, HOW HARD IS IT TO GET IN, WHAT IS IT LIKE??
  8. by   MidWest78
    Anyone know whats the average cost of a studio or 1 bedroom apartment in Humacao. I plan on attending school there and would like to know the average rent. Thanks much everyone.
  9. by   mike.choley
    Hi. I will be attending Inter Metro next August. I'm looking into places to live and I need to be by the coast. I don't mind commuting to school. I was looking into Vega Baja. Its about 30 min from campus, but far enough outside the city to keep me sane. Does anyone know if this commute sounds feasible?

    Does anyone know the basic schedule for those doing the trimester BSN program. I was told all classes are at night.

    I already have a BA so they said they would waive all but two of my GE requirements.
  10. by   MidWest78
    Mike,

    When did you apply and how long did it take to receive a response? I also have a BA and graduated with a 3.3 gpa. Im waiting on a response still.
  11. by   06CaliforniaRN
    Regarding the english trimester program: Are the clinicals taught in English? That is a huge deciding factor for me seeing as how I don't speak any Spanish (as of yet, I would definitely commit to it if I knew I would be attending there).

    Also, for anyone in the program now...PLEASE chime in with your thoughts and advice. Getting started in this program seems to take a lot of self initiative so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    One last thing, regarding the NCLEX and getting a license to work in one of the states. Do you have to take the test in that state? Say for example after graduating I wanted to work in California. And then several years down the road I decide to move somewhere else, say...Illinois. How does that all work?

    Thanks!!!
  12. by   Oakley44
    The previous few posts about the program and a little bit of knowledge I've learned might help. As far as I know, it's all taught in English - though you can't expect the clinical rotations to have only English speaking patients. Of course, that's normal in California (I'm in LA). You might want to contact Metro's


    Professional Counselor, Coordinator
    English Trimester and International
    Students Support Services -ETISSS
    International Relations, Office 127
    Inter American University of Puerto Rico
    Metro Campus, San Juan

    Good Luck!
    Last edit by dianah on Dec 6, '09 : Reason: Terms of Service
  13. by   aphoris
    I just graduated from Inter Metro last May 09 with a BSN in nursing, and yes the classes in english are at night from 5-10pm, except if you have clinicals on saturdays. The spanish classes are during the daytime. Once you graduate
    you can take the US NCLEX for which ever state you decide, and later if you decide to move to another state all you have to do is get your license endorsed by that state and you can look up the nursing board website for that state online to find out exactly the steps you need to take. Wish you the best!

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