Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 51

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   txlvn44
    @Txmom3

    Hi, I was curious, are you from Texas? I am planning to attend next year 2012 and I have a 5 year old who will be 6 when I attend school and I am planning on bringing her with me, I found one school that is bilingual and reasonable, i think it was $186/mo for my daughter's age. Good luck to ya!
  2. by   txlvn44
    @designer-mommy,

    I would like your input on financial aid. Did you have difficulty getting it?
  3. by   Jen_Jen88
    I'm sorry to hear that.
  4. by   Txmom3
    Quote from txlvn44
    @Txmom3

    Hi, I was curious, are you from Texas? I am planning to attend next year 2012 and I have a 5 year old who will be 6 when I attend school and I am planning on bringing her with me, I found one school that is bilingual and reasonable, i think it was $186/mo for my daughter's age. Good luck to ya!
    I moved to TX about a year ago (hubby job transfer) I like it here so far. Unfortunately things are different down here career wise. My daughter is 6 years old and I have two boys 2 and 3. My 6 year old has a slight speech delay that is currently being remedied, can't afford to move her around too much or have her in a bilingual program at this point. $186/m does sound great though.
  5. by   txlvn44
    @txmom3

    I live in Dallas, Tx (born and raise). I am currently an LVN and the reason why I am not attending this year, my husband and I are saving so we will be okay when I go to school next year. I am wanting to do some part time work as an LVN, but I am not fluent in Spanish yet and that probablyl would be a problem. But i am going to check it out as soon as I go down there. Trying to talk to someone at the board of nursing for Puerto Rico is crazy! They NEVER anser their phones. Maybe I will get chance to meet you if you decide to go to their program.
  6. by   Txmom3
    Quote from txlvn44
    @txmom3

    I live in Dallas, Tx (born and raise). I am currently an LVN and the reason why I am not attending this year, my husband and I are saving so we will be okay when I go to school next year. I am wanting to do some part time work as an LVN, but I am not fluent in Spanish yet and that probablyl would be a problem. But i am going to check it out as soon as I go down there. Trying to talk to someone at the board of nursing for Puerto Rico is crazy! They NEVER anser their phones. Maybe I will get chance to meet you if you decide to go to their program.
    I am certain I will enroll unless I land a job that pays me a good salary downhere. I hope you don't wait too long, I have a feeling that if (or maybe I should say "when") word gets out about this program, they will get 30,000 applicantions each year. They will then be forced to be more selective and it will be more difficult for anyone to get in. You never know when some newscaster will mention how cheap and easy it is to get a nursing degree in PR! There are countless people in the States who have had to give up or defer their dream of joing the healthcare field because they could not get into a program. If only they knew about an "English" program in PR for under $10,000 a year....? All I am saying is don't wait too long because I have a feeling this opportunity won't last, maybe I am a pessimist. I know of other nursing program that had easy admission requirements but had to become more rigid once word got out. If I were you Txlvn44, I would apply this year, get admitted into the program and then request a deferrement for 2012. At least you 'd know that you spot is secured. Just a thought...
  7. by   txlvn44
    Thanks, I am going to go ahead and apply now. I never thought about it that way and you are right, soon as word gets out, everyone will be trying to apply!
  8. by   AlaBro2010
    I will be attending in the Fall if anyone wants to chat. This is my second time there :/ First time I couldn't afford another trimester but I've got money saved up just in case.

    If you go there you can literally get accepted and sign up for nursing classes the same day. That's what I did but it was a lot easier since I had my lovely mother whose a native Puerto Rican and knows how to get things done. I'm glad their ADN program is now accredited.. I may just go to finish that and do a ADN-MSN or ADN-BSN online program back home!
  9. by   txlvn44
    @Belle1005,

    What happened with the financial aid? Is it that bad?
  10. by   txlvn44
    I would like to hear from those of you that are already in the program to see how everything is working out so far. I know you guys are really really busy, but any input would be great! Thanks! :uhoh21:
  11. by   txlvn44
    If anyone on this post could tell me how to get in touch with the nursing board of puerto rico, I will be forever grateful! It is like pulling teeth to get someone to answer their phones! It is ridiculous! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  12. by   msive22
    Quote from txlvn44
    I would like to hear from those of you that are already in the program to see how everything is working out so far. I know you guys are really really busy, but any input would be great! Thanks! :uhoh21:
    Hi TxLvn,

    I am a second year student getting ready to graduate in May from la Inter's accelerated BSN Program. Going to school here can be frustrating if you are used to the efficiency you find back home w/normal day-to-day stuff, like running errands and dealing with the school during registration, financial aid, bursar etc. Most often, something that should only take you 10-15 mins to achieve, will sometimes be a 3 hour wait. Even fastfood restaurants aren't fast. The school has a tendency of having staffing issues, as well, here is a good example: when I began in 2009, we didnt have professors for the first week or two of class, and it was a trend we experienced at the beginning of each term. I remember one professor told us:"Oops I thought it was monday" for not coming in for a Tuesday night class... How does a grown adult confuse the days of the week is beyond me... Anyhow, the worst was last year, during my 2nd trimester I didn't have a lab professor until the very end of the trimester and we had to extend the length of the course to meet the requirements of the class, so basically everyone in my class was jumping through hoops craming nursing material that we were suppose to learn over the course of 12 weeks in only 5 weeks. Just like the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for" that is exactly how it is at La Inter. Some students from my program transferred to the UMet or Sacred Heart University and although their programs a little bit longer, they're more structured and organized.

    Class size is anywhere from 60-70 students. The caliber of student that attends my university falls into one of these 3 categories: 2nd career students, US students that failed Nursing programs back home or young college students who wanted an easy way in and out. So, if you do not have the time to wait to get into a program in your home state, than come out here and take advantage of this program. That's exactly what I did. You def need to have patience and the ability to go with a flow, when changes occur at a moments notice. When you are in clinicals, professors are barely around, the RNs expect you to know everything, some are helpful most don't want to be bothered. So, while most students don't take their practice scenarios serious, I suggest you pay attention because when you graduate your competency is going to set you apart from your peers. Is this program challenging? absolutely not. As long as you do your reading and prepare your case studies in a timely manner, you will do just fine. Expect the professors to only answer questions when you have done your research, they almost always tell you to "look it up" or some just don't know the subject matter they are teaching.

    If you are driven and self-motivated, than come out here do the 11 month ADN option, sacrifice your summer take the Kaplan review course for NCLEX, immediately after taking Pediatrics (your licensure is a textbook exam, based on critical thinking) If you wait until after the BSN all that information is almost gone and it's much harder to prepare. Once you pass your NCLEX, if you are a 2nd year student at the time, more than likely you will be exonerated from certain classes. I have classes only twice a week and it's been that way since October (when I passed NCLEX) you will literally feel like you're on a paid vacation for your 2nd year. The great thing about PR is that they will endorse your license and you can start working in specialty units while in school. This is an opportunity that is rarely open to new grads in the states.

    Example: If you want a career in Anesthesia, this is huge... you can work during your 2nd year in an ICU and apply for CRNA programs right after graduating with the Bachelors. Your experience here is all dependent upon how driven you are and how much crap you are willing to take. (like i said before, some of my friends left, I didn't have that luxury as I am a Navy Nurse candidate getting paid to be in this program for predetermined amount of time)

    There is always a trade-off, yes the school is cheap and not as demanding as those in the states, but if you don't stay on top of your game, you will fall behind.

    *Also you have to find your own internship opportunities, the school is usually late with notifying the students of deadlines*

    Classes are only given in the evenings for english speaking students. During your first year you will be in class 6 days a week, most likely. If you're not used to a rigorous school schedule, you will have to learn to adjust. The 2nd year is super easy, mostly leadership classes and 1 tough class: Health Assessment. The Professors for the most part speak english but there are a handful of professors who do not speak it well and use translators to create their exams, thats when things can get confusing b/c their questions aren't written properly and you sometimes don't know what the question is really asking... I have had super great professors and alot of crappy ones. But its no different from going to a private university in NY and having foreign pros who barely speaks the language and lectures with a heavy accent... Soo, I hope this helps. If you have any specific questions, message me.
    Last edit by msive22 on Apr 29, '11
  13. by   msive22
    Quote from txlvn44
    If anyone on this post could tell me how to get in touch with the nursing board of puerto rico, I will be forever grateful! It is like pulling teeth to get someone to answer their phones! It is ridiculous! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    You have to go in person. Thats the only way to get something achieved through them.

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