Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 6

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   ChanelCinq
    Quote from mike.choley
    I think it was about a month after doing the online app that I received the letter asking for my ss card and transcripts. I shortly after sent out a copy of my ss card and requested my transcripts be sent from the university where I graduated from. Just about week ago I received another letter this one saying"In order hep us process your admission application, we need the following documents as soon as possible:"

    AND the list as follows:

    (X*) Official Transcrips from previous intitutions
    () Immunization Certificate (green form)
    () Evidence of Interview from the Trimester Program
    () Authorization form to take courses in our isntitution from your college (special students only)
    (X) Catalog from the university transferring from
    () Copy of your Social Security CArd
    (X*) Others: Mexico College, Truckee Meadows, Western Washington (These are schools I have attended)


    I don't really know though what this means... Are the X's what they have and the blanks what they need still? What do the *'s mean. It could be that they are still asking for my transcrips. I sent transcripts from the university where I have my BA, but I didn't give them anything from the other Schools (I assumed they just needed to see that I have a BA).

    I think that on Monday I'm going to do my best to contact thier addmission department. I have the luxury of being able to speak Spanish, so I think I'll be able to get more answers. I am also going to take a trip out there to visit the school (and surf) the 2nd week in March.

    Despite all the frustations I refuse to give up on going to PR to get my BSN. It's cheaper and quicker than my other options. Plus my Spanish will get so much better and I will be able to surf!
    All the above info was very helpful Mike. Please, please find out as much as possible when you are there in a couple weeks.

    I typed a long email to (name removed after I read moderators post) but I didn’t send it as I thought my email was over the top.

    Though by writing the email I realized how many problems I have had with this place. All this started April 2009 and since then it has been all up hill.
    Last edit by ChanelCinq on Feb 23, '10 : Reason: Remove contact name
  2. by   timmytdao
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    Samuel Merritt University is 54,000 USD for a one year ABSN.

    I tried inquiring about San Joaquin Valley College and they charge 56,000 USD for an ASN. That is the most insane thing I have ever heard.

    I have not heard back from National University but when a school does not list the tuition any where on the site it is not a good sign and very strange if you ask me.
    Chanelcing, so what are your plan? Are you still considering Puerto Rico, even though you have to gone thru all this headache? I drop by National University in Fresno, they give a me a package. Their tuition is 37k for 2 1/2 years, but that does not include books and other expenses. On your other post, you mention about New Orlean nursing school. Is that a good school? Any school you could recommend for nursing school that are not too hard to get in? Thanks.
  3. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from timmytdao
    Chanelcing, so what are your plan? Are you still considering Puerto Rico, even though you have to gone thru all this headache? I drop by National University in Fresno, they give a me a package. Their tuition is 37k for 2 1/2 years, but that does not include books and other expenses. On your other post, you mention about New Orlean nursing school. Is that a good school? Any school you could recommend for nursing school that are not too hard to get in? Thanks.
    37,000 USD for over 2 years is too much. I plan on not spending over 20,000 total in tuition costs and I refuse to study more than 2 years and preferably less. I could not imagine spending 37,000 USD AND to top it off having to live in Fresno.

    The school I applied to in New Orleans is Louisiana State University Health and Science Center CARE program. It is an ABSN that is about 18 months or so long. The tuition is about 15,000 USD for the 18 months as it is a state school. And fortunately Louisiana needs people in the state so the out of state per semester tuition is an extra 900 USD. That is most certainly an out of state tuition I can afford. It is a good program but it is really intense as the majority of accelerated programs are.

    Also the admissions process is based on 4 things: 25% GPA, 25% personal statement, 25% interview, and I think the rest was life experience. All this is moot for you though as the deadline was Feb 1st.

    By the way, my application for LSU was finally tracked down. ;-)
  4. by   MidWest78
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    All the above info was very helpful Mike. Please, please find out as much as possible when you are there in a couple weeks.

    I typed a long email to (name removed after I read moderators post) but I didn't send it as I thought my email was over the top.

    Though by writing the email I realized how many problems I have had with this place. All this started April 2009 and since then it has been all up hill.

    Ever since applying in December it has been a real headache dealing with UPR staff. I sent applied online and sent a copy of SS card and Transcripts by registered mail and had no problem i called and verified that they did receive them. Then i received the same notice (twice) asking for them again but i ignored it since i knew they already had them. Im happy to inform you guys that i received my acceptance letter on February 5th, however it stated that i had registration on February 4th and my starting Trimester was March 2010! I was super excited to know I was accepted into the Nursing program however it was the wrong Trimester I applied for. It has been easy for me to contact one person their and he has been very helpful i sent him an email after i got this letter and all I had to do was sent him authorization for him to change my start Trimester. I am now waiting for a confirmation of this.
  5. by   mike.choley
    Quote from MidWest78
    Ever since applying in December it has been a real headache dealing with UPR staff. I sent applied online and sent a copy of SS card and Transcripts by registered mail and had no problem i called and verified that they did receive them. Then i received the same notice (twice) asking for them again but i ignored it since i knew they already had them. Im happy to inform you guys that i received my acceptance letter on February 5th, however it stated that i had registration on February 4th and my starting Trimester was March 2010! I was super excited to know I was accepted into the Nursing program however it was the wrong Trimester I applied for. It has been easy for me to contact one person their and he has been very helpful i sent him an email after i got this letter and all I had to do was sent him authorization for him to change my start Trimester. I am now waiting for a confirmation of this.
    You are planning on going to UPR instead of Inter? Or was that a typo? If so, are they on the trimester plan? Also, any word on how long it would take to graduate with a bsn from UPR if you have a degree already? I'm going to check it out.
  6. by   MidWest78
    Sorry that was a typo...Im attending Inter
  7. by   MidWest78
    Quote from mike.choley
    You are planning on going to UPR instead of Inter? Or was that a typo? If so, are they on the trimester plan? Also, any word on how long it would take to graduate with a bsn from UPR if you have a degree already? I'm going to check it out.

    Sorry Im attending Inter. When i called UPR i spoke with someone and they told me to check back in January because the pre-requesites for the program would be changing. However, i never followed up with them.
  8. by   GRADRN2010
    Get used to the hurdles people and stop complaining about them because they will continue for you the WHOLE time you are in PR and in the program.

    I am finishing and I came to a point where I realized I just had to deal with it other than bang my head on the wall.

    Yes, they are up for review in 2010. They will be evaluated in October.
  9. by   MidWest78
    Quote from GradRN2010
    Get used to the hurdles people and stop complaining about them because they will continue for you the WHOLE time you are in PR and in the program.

    I am finishing and I came to a point where I realized I just had to deal with it other than bang my head on the wall.

    Yes, they are up for review in 2010. They will be evaluated in October.
    Hey GradRN2010, how was your experience in the program? besides the hurdles that we have all seem be have dealt with. How well do they prepare you for the NCLEX? any advice?
  10. by   Oakley44
    Quote from GradRN2010
    Get used to the hurdles people and stop complaining about them because they will continue for you the WHOLE time you are in PR and in the program.

    I am finishing and I came to a point where I realized I just had to deal with it other than bang my head on the wall.

    Yes, they are up for review in 2010. They will be evaluated in October.
    Yeah that's understandible, but what would be super helpful would be for the people like you who actually are IN the program to dose us with a little reality regarding what happens in the application process as well as your overall experience. Ie. How/when you were informed of acceptance? What your next step was? How are clinicals arranged? If it really is 2 years or if that's "variable"? Actual cost of program including books etc? How much is the local rent?

    An October evaluation is pretty awful timing for us guppies flopping around on the pier. I can just imagine being 3 months into a program only to find out that the accredidation gets revoked.

    I'm sorry for sounding sarcastic. I don't expect others to do all our research for us, but any tidbit of actual facts helps exponentially more than whatever IAU website would.
  11. by   timmytdao
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    37,000 USD for over 2 years is too much. I plan on not spending over 20,000 total in tuition costs and I refuse to study more than 2 years and preferably less. I could not imagine spending 37,000 USD AND to top it off having to live in Fresno.

    The school I applied to in New Orleans is Louisiana State University Health and Science Center CARE program. It is an ABSN that is about 18 months or so long. The tuition is about 15,000 USD for the 18 months as it is a state school. And fortunately Louisiana needs people in the state so the out of state per semester tuition is an extra 900 USD. That is most certainly an out of state tuition I can afford. It is a good program but it is really intense as the majority of accelerated programs are.

    Also the admissions process is based on 4 things: 25% GPA, 25% personal statement, 25% interview, and I think the rest was life experience. All this is moot for you though as the deadline was Feb 1st.

    By the way, my application for LSU was finally tracked down. ;-)
    Wow Chanelcing, i like the way you think. It really make sense the way you put it. As for me, i myself would hate to paid for tuition that much, but i don't have any other way. Since i haven't finish my B.S. , i am unable to do the accelerate program like you. I was thinking of applying to CSU San bernardino, but i have a feeling there a numerous applicant. I also think nursing school over 40K is way too much, especially in this type of economy. So, what other school can you recommend to apply without the high cost of tuition? Have you heard anything back from Puerto RIco yet? Are you still going? When are you going to LSU?
  12. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from timmytdao
    So, what other school can you recommend to apply without the high cost of tuition? Have you heard anything back from Puerto RIco yet? Are you still going? When are you going to LSU?
    I am primarily looking at ABSN programs, which would not apply to you.

    I should hear from LSU soon about an interview. And I just applied to PR this week. I did not send them 1500 pages of catalogs from 5 different schools dating back to 1988.

    If they really want them I will do it but as I stated my BA was from the year 2000 and now 10 years later my major is nonexistent.


    Good luck in your quest.
  13. by   labsrock
    I too have applied for the August trimester class and would appreciate if anyone attending can give soon to be students an idea of what to expect. I have a bachelors degree and from talking with people at the school it seems I qualify for the accelerated program. I'm excited but a bit nervous as I don't know what to expect. If any of you can paint a picture, I'd be sincerely grateful!

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