Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 66

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   WorldTravelingYogi
    Playing catch up again. Geez this thread moves fast.

    Quote from igee16
    By the way, I attended Inter's orientation on June 3rd and it was completely in Spanish!
    I am very surprised. It must have been the general orientation for the Spanish students. Because last year they had three English only orientations. Not a word of Spanish was spoken.


    Quote from kevano51
    Ok, thanks! Im just thinking that UMET might sound better on a resume...any former students out there in the workplace care to chime in here??
    kevano I completely beg to differ. I think many people, even people living on the island haven't heard of UMET. WHere Interamericana has nine (9) campuses all over the island. Everyone knows of Interamericana and people are proud of it. It has a good reputation. Just tonight I met a guy that proudly said Interamericana's Metro campus is his alma mater, after he found out I was going to school there. That same senario has happened to me at least a few dozen times.

    UPR the state school (or govt run) has the best repuation but it is Spanish only and they are having tons of strikes and people are transfering out. La Inter has a good reputation. Don't dismiss it from things you read on this thread.
  2. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from StCroixFutureNurse
    11 months!!! Omg...I sooo am coming to Inter. I want housing within walking distance. Where do I look?
    Yes a lot of students live in La Cumbre or Las Cumbres. There are actually 4 of them and I live in La Cumbre I which is closest to the school at about 1/3 to 1/2 a mile depending on where in the gated community your live. It tends to be a tad bit more expensive than say another 1/2 mile away and I think it is the proximity to the school. For example I pay 750 for a 2 BD/ 1 BA. But it has a washer and dryer in the kitchen, a yard, and everything is modern and new. The landlord is amazing. Never in my life have I had someone so attentive and it is definitely a rarity in PR.

    Anyway this is a great place to live if you do not want to get a car. ANd people that were worried about not having a car, shouldn't. You can always carpool to clinicals. We all do. Those with cars give rides to those without and those without chip in for gas and parking. Everything in PR works out.

    Quote from StCroixFutureNurse
    Im excited...I know a lot about island life as I live on St. Croix,VI which is a 35 minute plane ride away. I think I will give 'E' a call tomorrow for more info on the housing. Thanks a lot...
    One of my neighbors and fellow classmates who happens to be sleeping on my couch right now because her rooommate is graduating and has tons of family visiting, is also from St Croix.
  3. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from StCroixFutureNurse
    So which hospitals are clinicals taught in? And what does the 11 month class schedule look like?
    The hospitals the school uses are ALL OVER the place. I have been to HIMA Caguas two times, HIMA Bayamn once, the VA, Hogar Crea for phychosocial and it is not even a hospital and now finally next week I am going to Centro Medico for Pediatrics. You really can end up just anywhere.

    Quote from FeMaMaFutureRN
    Are there any Entrance Test? Such as the TEAS or HESI to get into Inter?
    Nope you don't need any of those.
  4. by   StCroixFutureNurse
    Quote from WorldTravelingYogi
    Yes a lot of students live in La Cumbre or Las Cumbres. There are actually 4 of them and I live in La Cumbre I which is closest to the school at about 1/3 to 1/2 a mile depending on where in the gated community your live. It tends to be a tad bit more expensive than say another 1/2 mile away and I think it is the proximity to the school. For example I pay 750 for a 2 BD/ 1 BA. But it has a washer and dryer in the kitchen, a yard, and everything is modern and new. The landlord is amazing. Never in my life have I had someone so attentive and it is definitely a rarity in PR.

    Anyway this is a great place to live if you do not want to get a car. ANd people that were worried about not having a car, shouldn't. You can always carpool to clinicals. We all do. Those with cars give rides to those without and those without chip in for gas and parking. Everything in PR works out.



    One of my neighbors and fellow classmates who happens to be sleeping on my couch right now because her rooommate is graduating and has tons of family visiting, is also from St Croix.

    Will she be needing a roommate come August?...lol...
  5. by   Jen_Jen88
    Whether you choose Umet or la inter when you go back to the states many people won't know much about either. Both have an accreditation and the nurse director from Umet was the one who started the English program in la inter. Either way what's matters is that you get your degree and most important pass the nursing boards.
  6. by   AlaBro2010
    I have to say that whoever you ask will have different opinions about the schools. Everyone I've talked to says UMET is nice. My sister is a lawyer that went to Georgetown and likes UMET and says it's much nicer. Yet my dad who is a dentist went to the Inter, it's "his" school and will defend it lol. I like UMET and think it would be an overall better learning experience but the inter is more practical for me (I live 3 miles away).
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Can I remind everyone of the site rules and soliciting this includes asking each other to be room mates or know someone that is looking for room mates
  8. by   pearlgirl52508
    Question to DesignerMommy: So, if I went to Inter for the ADN program, will I get my license and title as a Registered Nurse????? I really am looking forward to having my BSN but quite honestly, I am merely looking for my RN license. I am not particular if it is an Associates, Bachelors or what not. Since I already have my bachelors (in sociology), i feel like i've already accomplished that goal of getting my BA! My next goal is to be a RN! So, as I mentioned earlier, if I merely go for the ADN program, would I still be able to come back to the states as a Registered Nurse and work at a hospital with only that???
  9. by   StCroixFutureNurse
    Well I'm not designer mommy but I do know that a lot of hospitals prefer their nurses to have a BSN now. You may be able to find a job but its gonna be more difficult. There are a lot of BSN nurses out there looking for jobs and having a difficult time finding them. I can only imagine an ADN nurse. But then again it depends on where you live and what kind of nurses the hospital in your area hires. Here on my island the university only has an ADN program so the hospital here hires a lot of ADN nurses. So I am going to inter for my ADN. Check to see if the hospital you want to work at hires ADN nurses before you decide on which course to take. Best of luck to u.
    And yes u will be an RN with an ADN after you pass the NCLEX-RN.
  10. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from pearlgirl52508
    Question to DesignerMommy: So, if I went to Inter for the ADN program, will I get my license and title as a Registered Nurse????? I really am looking forward to having my BSN but quite honestly, I am merely looking for my RN license. I am not particular if it is an Associates, Bachelors or what not. Since I already have my bachelors (in sociology), i feel like i've already accomplished that goal of getting my BA! My next goal is to be a RN! So, as I mentioned earlier, if I merely go for the ADN program, would I still be able to come back to the states as a Registered Nurse and work at a hospital with only that???
    Yes PerlGirl, as StCroixFutureNurse said you will have an RN if you just do the ADN. However, as StCroixFutureNurse also said you will have a very hard time finding a job. I have 3 friends in CA that have been looking for a year. Pounding the pavement and there is NOTHING out there for new grads with a BSN, with and ADN it is 10 times worse. All my friends in CA are about to start looking out of state.

    StCroixFutureNurse I may be going to you island when I finish here because they need nurses and a friend said I am pretty much guaranteed a job. Then I'll go back to CA because I miss it.
  11. by   StCroixFutureNurse
    Quote from WorldTravelingYogi
    Yes PerlGirl, as StCroixFutureNurse said you will have an RN if you just do the ADN. However, as StCroixFutureNurse also said you will have a very hard time finding a job. I have 3 friends in CA that have been looking for a year. Pounding the pavement and there is NOTHING out there for new grads with a BSN, with and ADN it is 10 times worse. All my friends in CA are about to start looking out of state.

    StCroixFutureNurse I may be going to you island when I finish here because they need nurses and a friend said I am pretty much guaranteed a job. Then I'll go back to CA because I miss it.
    Hi WorldTravelingYogi,

    When do u graduate? Maybe we both will get to work together. Hopefully the hospital is hiring by the time we r done. Right now there is a hiring freeze. One of my friends who is a nurse there told me that. She said one can apply but as far as hiring, it may not happen right now.
  12. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from StCroixFutureNurse
    Hi WorldTravelingYogi,

    When do u graduate? Maybe we both will get to work together. Hopefully the hospital is hiring by the time we r done. Right now there is a hiring freeze. One of my friends who is a nurse there told me that. She said one can apply but as far as hiring, it may not happen right now.
    Really. I know someone that just got hired and she starts sometime this summer. She is still in Puerto Rico but is from St Croix.

    Yeah we will finish about the same time. I'll finish in May with e the BSN and you will finish in June with the ADN. I can take the NCLEX after I finish peds at the end of this month. So hopefully I will be done with it by the time a graduate. I know in StCroix they allow you to work for 6 months without having taken the NCLEX.
  13. by   StCroixFutureNurse
    Quote from WorldTravelingYogi
    Really. I know someone that just got hired and she starts sometime this summer. She is still in Puerto Rico but is from St Croix.

    Yeah we will finish about the same time. I'll finish in May with e the BSN and you will finish in June with the ADN. I can take the NCLEX after I finish peds at the end of this month. So hopefully I will be done with it by the time a graduate. I know in StCroix they allow you to work for 6 months without having taken the NCLEX.
    Well that's good news...I'm glad because I was kinda worried about what I was gonna do if I couldn't get in there after I'm done.. How is the program so far? And how much have u paid for the program to date?

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