Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 45

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   kevano51
    ok, thanks, a prior post said that Florida was tougher to get licensed in and I spoke with my sister in law who is in nursing school in Ocala and she said the same thing. I was wondering how much it costs approximately for a year at Interamican University pls?
  2. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from kevano51
    ok, thanks, a prior post said that Florida was tougher to get licensed in and I spoke with my sister in law who is in nursing school in Ocala and she said the same thing. I was wondering how much it costs approximately for a year at Interamican University pls?
    Once you are licensed in a state you can have your license transfered to another state. The people that I know who have done it simply paid the fee for that state. My friend in NYC took the NCLEX in NY in November. He shortly after planned to move to CA so he started the process and now it is Feb and he still doesn't have his license transfered. But as far as I know it is just a matter of paying a fee.

    Our Adult Care 1 professor was telling us how there is no Puerto Rico NCLEX. You can take it here but have have to decide in advance what state you are sitting for and pay the fee for that state.

    The tuition is about 3,000 per trimester. You can't really do it by unit because there are various different lab fees tacked on each trimester for clinicals. If you want medical insurance it is about 120 per month for full coverage and 5 USD doctor visits. There is no deductible. The insurance is good. It is Triple S which is Blue Cross / Blue Sheild of Puerto Rico.
  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Not just a case of paying a fee but also meeting requirements for endorsing a license when applying from one state to another
  4. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    Not just a case of paying a fee but also meeting requirements for endorsing a license when applying from one state to another
    I just found out some information from another student that is a year ahead and has already taken NCLEX. Kevano51 you are right about FL. So FL considers schools in Puerto Rico international. So there are various hoops you have to jump through before you can sit for the FL NCLEX. One of them is take an English proficiency test which seems just pain silly since we are studying in English and a quarter of our class did not speak a single word of Spanish when we arrived.

    So this person said that 5 people have taken the NCLEX from their class. A couple more people from CA still don't have a date because CA requires a background check, finger prints, and other stuff. So the 5 people that took the NCLEX took it last fall. They all sat for Wisconsin. Not a single person is from Wisconsin but that is the easiest sate to qualify for. My contact had an NCLEX date within a couple weeks after getting the ADN paperwork from school.

    Now the different students are doing all the various things they need to do to get licensed in their home state.

    If you have a Bachelors the program is 2 years and if your class petitions to have Pediatrics offered in the summer like our class, and the previous class then you can start getting everything together for the NCLEX after June. First you have to get your ADN paperwork from the school. The earliest you could get a date would be Sept or Oct if you sit for Wisconsin.

    Then once you have your license you have another year of BSN classes and you can work on transferring you license to your state. It does sound a bit complicated but I will probably do the same thing because I am from CA as are a huge portion of the students and I would rather have the NCLEX over with in Sept, Oct, or Nov and then spent the next 6 months transferring it to CA.

    I hope this clears up some stuff. I got a lot of info from my contact this evening that helped me understand this better.
  5. by   pearlgirl52508
    so with just having my ADN from Inter. and i sit and pass the NCLEX, then I am considered a REgistered Nurse then or do i HAVE to finish the BSN program if I decide to come back to Cali? I dont really care for the title "BSN" i just want the title "registered nurse" as I already have my bachelors in a different degree! I just want to get into the medical field as a nurse already! lol...11 months, for $10,000 is cheap! If what you're saying is true, then I am going to send off my application very soon.
  6. by   designer-mommy
    You will be an RN, but I hear that there are a lot of hoops to jump through in CA. I heard that when the ADN wasn't accredited though, so maybe things have changed. I think that most people are getting the BSN only because it's pretty much impossible to find a job without it. That being said, I am DYING to leave with my ADN, not because I don't love the school (I totally love the school and my fellow classmates and professors) but because we are living with my in-laws and I can not STAND them AT ALL. I'm ready to go back to the states so I will have an ocean between us again LOLLLL
  7. by   kevano51
    does interamerican offer financial aid, did u guys get financial aid at all, im trying to figure out how to finance all this, also what is the average rent like pls?
  8. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from pearlgirl52508
    so with just having my ADN from Inter. and i sit and pass the NCLEX, then I am considered a REgistered Nurse then or do i HAVE to finish the BSN program if I decide to come back to Cali? I dont really care for the title "BSN" i just want the title "registered nurse" as I already have my bachelors in a different degree! I just want to get into the medical field as a nurse already! lol...11 months, for $10,000 is cheap! If what you're saying is true, then I am going to send off my application very soon.
    Pearlgirl like Dessigner-mommy said you will be an RN. Also like she said most people stay for the whole program because it is extremely hard to find a job as a new grad with a BSN. It is near impossible to find a job as a new grad with only an ADN. The key word here is "new grad." Once you have two years experience finding a job won't be a problem.

    My roommate is probably leaving after the ADN but his mom is a nurse and he has some stuff lined up for when he is done. I think that many of us in the program would only stay the year if we had an in and knew we had a job. But the market is awful for new grads.

    Also if you plan to continue and do any nursing Masters such as a nurse practicioner program or nurse anesthetist you have to have a BSN. There are some bridge programs but the amount of work you do will include the work for a BSN. It does not matter if you have a Bachelors in another field you will still need to do the BSN studies before continuing.

    You can apply for either the BSN or ADN at our school and change from one to another. The ADN is the first year of the two year BSN.
  9. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from kevano51
    does interamerican offer financial aid, did u guys get financial aid at all, im trying to figure out how to finance all this, also what is the average rent like pls?
    Oh yeah of course. Most people would not be here if they couldn't get financial aid. If you have a Bachelors you can only get loans. But you will have enough loans to live and go to school.

    The rent is anywhere from 275 to about 525. Those rates are the lowest I heard people get to the highest. The guy that paid 525 was in a studio and it included electricity and water but he only had a fan and no air con. Right now a fan is just fne but in the summer you WANT AC. The 275 is half of a 2 bedroom that costs 550. I have a four friends that pay that in two different places. That does not include electrictity or water, there is no washing machine and dryer and each of the two places my friends had to buy a major appliance like a stove or a fridge. But two of those friends completely scored and fell into a beach side Condado apartment on accident. You will NEVER find a 2 bedroom in Condodo for 550. They fell into it by accident. This was never listed to rent. Again you will NEVER find a 2 bedroom on the beach for 550 so don't look for it. This is a complete exception. Plus if you live by the beach you have to account for traffic. There were students that were living by the beach and broke their lease after a couple months because the traffic was horrendous.

    My roommate and I pay 375 each for a two bedroom with a yard and washer and dryer. Electricity and water are not included. It seems like the only places that have electricity and water included are the studios. But they either don't have AC or the electricity is only included for 50 worth and if they go over they have to pay for it. It is really hard to use AC and stay under 50 USD in the summer.

    Dessigner-mommy I miss you guys. Since the first trimester I never see you guys anymore. I hope you finals are going well. I have three down and two to go.
  10. by   kevano51
    ok, what about getting work study, isnt that typical? or getting a job as a cook or in retail or something so i have some money coming in?
  11. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from kevano51
    ok, what about getting work study, isnt that typical? or getting a job as a cook or in retail or something so i have some money coming in?
    Do you speak Spanish? You don't need Spanish for the program but you must be fluent to get any job. There are a lot of Puerto Ricans in our class that work full time during the day and go to school in our program at night. There is only one guy in our program that moved here from the states that is working. He is completely fluent in Spanish and used to be a Spanish/ English medical translator for a hospital in the states. He spent 4 months looking for a job and finially found something and it is minimum wage. I wouldn't count on it.

    I think you may be able to get a little bit of work study. The school pays 7.50 an hour. The actual Puerto Rico minimum wage is 4.10 an hour but no company that I know of pays that low. Most places like Starbucks and retail places pay the federal minimum. But again you have to be fluent in Spanish and Starbucks has students with Masters degrees working there.

    You will get enough money in loans to study, pay rent, buy food, do things. There are people that are studying in our program that had ZERO money saved before they arrived. You will have enough money to live on with the federal aid.
  12. by   pearlgirl52508
    @ WorldTraveling Yogi: Thanks a lot. I thought the BSN program was 4 years! If obtaining my BSN requires only one more year than obtaining my ADN then I might as well stick it through. and maybe then my Espanol will improve

    I'm so nervous to go and still have not yet applied! Oh, WorldTravelingYogi, would I be applying as a "Undergrad" or "Transfer" or INternational???? As I mentioned in a previous post, I already have my Bachelors degree from here in the states. I dont want to be doing General Ed Reqs. that i've already done.
  13. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from pearlgirl52508
    I'm so nervous to go and still have not yet applied! Oh, WorldTravelingYogi, would I be applying as a "Undergrad" or "Transfer" or INternational???? As I mentioned in a previous post, I already have my Bachelors degree from here in the states. I dont want to be doing General Ed Reqs. that i've already done.
    I don't remember but I don't think it matters because you will be sending them your transcripts. You will not be talking any general ed except History of Puerto Rico and Christian Faith. Those are the two general ed classes the students with previous Bachelors have to take. Aside from that everything else is nursing classes. Take both of them online and those classes are cake. Both an easy A.

close