Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 40

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   Cahoon BSN RN
    Yes, I have "J" for 2 classes and the deer in headlights known as Dr. "D". I thought she might cry on Thursday night. It was kind of sad. Also sad that students would rather get an A than actually learn something. IMHO I say to them, good luck passing the NCLEX with no Pharm background.
  2. by   MakennaN
    Does anyone have any experience with the child care center there? Also, what are the times/frequency of the classes? I heard there are Saturday classes as well? I checked with UMET, and they definitely seem more professional but the general ed classes there are only in Spanish. So the only option would be to try to take the gen ed courses at Interamerican University and then transfer to UMET.
  3. by   Jeb-in-Minneapolis
    The english trimester classes are in the evenings, usually anywhere from 5-10pm M-F, however clinicals are offered on Saturdays, since there's more to do/observe on a Saturday morning than a Monday evening. Since I don't have any kids (that I know of), I couldn't tell you about the child care places.

    Ya, I think D is a total 1st time teacher and needs to learn how to crack the whip a bit! She just sits up there, and speaking softly, tries to get class going, but that won't work in Puerto Rico. Some of the students are super ticked off at her for teaching a mickey mouse course, but its really too late to change anything, considering we have 4-5 weeks left.... I just plan on doing some studying on my own once I get the book (you don't really need the book for her class). Good luck on J's Thurs exam, I don't have internet at home so just got the memo, plus with my presentation in J's Tues class, it'll be awhile before I get around to it!
  4. by   pearlgirl52508
    Jeb and Cahoon, thanks for the insight. It does worry me a little what you said but I guess, i should have expected it.... I got my bachelors in June of 2008 and since then have been trying to get my prerequisities for nursing. but of course, I can't seem to get into Microbiology for some reason. I've tried 3 different community colleges and universities but its always full. I'm taking classes at one of the community colleges just so that I can get more units to try and get priority registration...but...like i said...its been 2 years and I kant get the last class that i need. I already have Anatomy and Physiology and already got some of the other courses that certain schools require so reallythat damn Micro class!. I'm not old, only at 24 years, but considering that i feel like i've been wasting the past 2 years trying to get my prereqs done is ridiculous. Afterall, i'm not getting any younger. Thats my whole interest in going to Inter....the fact that there's not waiting list and their accelerated program; and the price is cheap (liek you said Jeb) and well, thats a huge PLUS! I was looking into going to a trade school here in Cali considering that you dont need the prereqs and it was a 3 year program but the tuition for the three years is 126,000!! Yes, i said it, 126 THOUSAND! A 6 digit number for a BSN??? Really??? how ridiculous is that!!!! So, that school is out of the picture! Heck, if i'm going to pay 126K then I would go get my MD or become a lawyer or something. ugh, anyways. Do you guys all study together considering that you dont learn much from the teachers themselves??? I'm not saying that I'm a stupid person or anything, but I will admit that often times I need assistance grasping the material and hopefully i would be able to turn to my peers for assistance since I couldnt go to the teacher. Do many of you guys feel you're lost so you all help one another???? Since you guys are students at Inter, have you come across anyone from UMET????? Do they give you the same feedback about their school that you guys talk about, about Inter??? I'm hoping to visit Puerto Rico in the coming months and hopefully you all will be able to provide me with more information as you journey through your way at Inter.

    Also, considering its a trimester school, when does it start??? Does the program only start in August or do they have other start dates in different months?


    Thanks a lot guys for the feedback, and hope to hear from you soon.

    -Stephanie aka Pearlgirl52508
  5. by   Jeb-in-Minneapolis
    The accelerated program (people w/ BA) starts once a year in September, I don't know about the regular program (people w/o a BA), I believe that one you can start any trimester.

    In Puerto Rico the public schools are super cheap and very good/selective (roughly 40 a credit) and require prerequisites, the private schools on the other hand will take anyone as long as their check clears! So the programs at private schools are not as good. I've heard Umet has better facilities and organization than Inter, but it also has prereqs and I'm not sure if they have an english program.

    So yeah, if you've got a bachelors you can be done in 2 years with a really high gpa, without taking too much out in loans (I think its supposed to be 7-8k a year in tuition and fees). Just expect to do some studying on your own and enjoy the beaches!
  6. by   MakennaN
    PearlGirl, UMET'S program is bilingual. They offer only the nursing classes in English, but the director of the nursing program said she is working on adding more English general ed classes. I think she said the anatomy is in English, but that is the only general ed class currently taught in English. Besides anatomy, I'm missing microbiology, chemistry and the history of Puerto Rico. I got a better feeling from UMET but that's only based on the fact that I got responses to all of my emails and phone calls. I even got a letter acknowledging receipt of my online application!! It was in Spanish but I got the gist of what it said!
  7. by   pearlgirl52508
    Do you happen to know how long the program is at UMET? is it 2 years or more??
  8. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    By the way to anyone still following this thread la Inter had awesome news yesterday. The BSN program has been reaccredited for another 8 years. The ADN at Interamericana has been reaccredited for another 5 years.

    So everyone that was worried about the reaccreditation issue no longer has to worry. Yipee, I am so happy.

    I have not been on this in a long time but I remember someone from UMET stating that Interamericana does not actually teach Anatomy and Physiology. That is not true. Next trimester, those of us in the accelerated program will be taking Adult Care I. It is a 6 unit class and meets 2 times per week for 4 hours each time. There are two professors and they are ******* and *****. ******* teaches the adult care one night a week and Dr ******* teaches the Anatomy the other 4 hours. I have heard really good things from the second year students about both professors.

    Also, the Interamericana program is 100% in English. There are plenty of us that have never studied a word of Spanish in our lives. It is truely 100% English. The only time you hear Spanish is after class is dismissed when the Puerto Ricans in the the English program ask the professor questions in Spanish. Keep in mind these students are asking questions that pertain to themselves and class has been dismissed.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Oct 17, '10 : Reason: Names removed as per terms of service
  9. by   pearlgirl52508
    Hey World, I have a question regarding Interamericana...how long is the accelerated program??? Is it 4 years? Do you think you are getting a quality education or do you think the teachers lack?
  10. by   Cahoon BSN RN
    Interamerican's Accelerated program goes from August to the next May. So people starting in August 2010 will graduate with their BSN in May 2012. There is an option to take pediatrics in the summer and those people will have the choice to get their ADN in July 2011 I believe. I don't know anything about rolling admission, but it wouldn't surprise me if there are new classes starting most semesters.
  11. by   Veroko
    Hi !

    I 'm a current Umet nursing student ! Let me tell you I researched both extensively... I have friends who have attended both ...2 umet and 2 inter... the two from umet passed the nclex.. the other two failed... that being said I cannot judge on only 4 people but my friend from the inter had a 4.0 gpa at the inter and failed. The inter doesnt have individual sciences which for me was very important... Also if you eventually want to do graduate school you need them. I love the Umet they are really involved with their students. They even give Free pharmocology after class sessions to help you out... The english program is at Umet Bayamon . There is a way to do trimester but many are in the night time. The facilities are great ! I agree it's the best kep secret ! Credits are currently 180 per credit. It's a happy loving athmosphere and the practice in hospital is great .
  12. by   designer-mommy
    I don't doubt what you're saying Veroko, but there are people who fail the NCLEX that went to highly acclaimed schools too. I'm a student at La Inter, and yes, there are things that I wish they would do differently, and yes, there are a bunch of unorganized messes, but I believe that it is what you put into it. Sure, we need the instructors to be on point and show us what we have to do in our career as nurses, but students have to study hard for the NCLEX no matter what school they go to. Even if their instructors and schools are top notch, a little extra studying never hurt anyone. My biggest complaint with the school is that they're unorganized. Everything else I can deal with. The new Saunders NCLEX review book just came out, and I fully intend on getting it now and using it to study until I sit for the NCLEX, which is in at least 15 months. Many people say that book helped them get through nursing school with good grades.

    Also, the BSN at our school just got re-accredited, and the ADN got initial accreditation, so they must be doing something right. A big part of the accreditation is based upon NCLEX pass rates, so maybe the two people you know that failed didn't take the initiative to study on their own. We are in a trimester program, so we pack a lot of info into a short time. If the professor says to read pages 1-20, and the chapter is 1-35, you had better read 1-35 if you want to pass the boards. This program isn't for people who just want to sail by, because they will fail the boards. It is for people who do a ton of work outside the classroom. I personally love the school, and the professors are awesome IMO
  13. by   Veroko
    Quote from designer-mommy
    I don't doubt what you're saying Veroko, but there are people who fail the NCLEX that went to highly acclaimed schools too. I'm a student at La Inter, and yes, there are things that I wish they would do differently, and yes, there are a bunch of unorganized messes, but I believe that it is what you put into it. Sure, we need the instructors to be on point and show us what we have to do in our career as nurses, but students have to study hard for the NCLEX no matter what school they go to. Even if their instructors and schools are top notch, a little extra studying never hurt anyone. My biggest complaint with the school is that they're unorganized. Everything else I can deal with. The new Saunders NCLEX review book just came out, and I fully intend on getting it now and using it to study until I sit for the NCLEX, which is in at least 15 months. Many people say that book helped them get through nursing school with good grades.

    Also, the BSN at our school just got re-accredited, and the ADN got initial accreditation, so they must be doing something right. A big part of the accreditation is based upon NCLEX pass rates, so maybe the two people you know that failed didn't take the initiative to study on their own. We are in a trimester program, so we pack a lot of info into a short time. If the professor says to read pages 1-20, and the chapter is 1-35, you had better read 1-35 if you want to pass the boards. This program isn't for people who just want to sail by, because they will fail the boards. It is for people who do a ton of work outside the classroom. I personally love the school, and the professors are awesome IMO
    I agree on what your are saying about that you can go to a respectable university and fail the nclex. I understand.... I just gave my opinion on what was right for me. Every experience is different maybe for you the inter is the one you liked and am happy for that. In my particular case I only gave a few examples about one particular aspect but I have plenty more. I also study at night in The umet which is trimester too. I'm sure lots of independent study is involved when you want to pass the nclex ! In my case I love the metro! good luck on your studies and I didnt mean to offend you ...If you believe it you can do anything Either way like you said its accredited ! so something good should be happening

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