Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 79

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
    Quote from Abril510
    Ok that sounds great thanks for your help. One more question. In how many years do you finish the program if your in the accelerated program?

    Wow I didn't know that. I don't live in CA anymore I live in WA now but that is just ridiculuos!
    Accelerated Bachelors is just under two years. 22 months
    Regular Bachelors is 3 years. 34 months
    Accelerated Accociates is 11months
    Regular Accociates is 5 trimesters. So start in August and end in Feb about 1.7 years later. It is 19 months.

    Quote from Abril510
    And how am I supposed to get into the accelerated program by next Aug. If I'm not even close to a Bachelors
    The Bachelors is only 3 years and you said you almost have an AA so you would need to talk to them but it sounds like you fine spending the next 2 trimesters and summer catching up. But really you need to speak to the school because they are the only ones that can answer these questions.
  2. by   Abril510
    Quote from WorldTravelingYogi
    Accelerated Bachelors is just under two years. 22 months
    Regular Bachelors is 3 years. 34 months
    Accelerated Accociates is 11months
    Regular Accociates is 5 trimesters. So start in August and end in Feb about 1.7 years later. It is 19 months.



    The Bachelors is only 3 years and you said you almost have an AA so you would need to talk to them but it sounds like you fine spending the next 2 trimesters and summer catching up. But really you need to speak to the school because they are the only ones that can answer these questions.
    Great! Thank you so much for your help!
  3. by   calijenn
    thankx!!!!!! also quick question...on the wesbite it says to also turn in deans letter of recommendation did you have to turn this in too?... its what pops up when i click on 05 transfer student...also, the deans letter of reccomendation is in spanish lol i wonder if theres an english version to give to my school.
  4. by   calijenn
    abril: i am trying to transfer into the november program also!
  5. by   Abril510
    Quote from calijenn
    thankx!!!!!! also quick question...on the wesbite it says to also turn in deans letter of recommendation did you have to turn this in too?... its what pops up when i click on 05 transfer student...also, the deans letter of reccomendation is in spanish lol i wonder if theres an english version to give to my school.

    When I called in to see what documents I needed to transfer all they asked for was my school transcript and a copy of my immunization record. I know the website says you need the deans letter but they never asked me for that so I wouldn't worry so much about it. That's great are you trying to get into the accelerated program or the regular one?
  6. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from calijenn
    thankx!!!!!! also quick question...on the wesbite it says to also turn in deans letter of recommendation did you have to turn this in too?... its what pops up when i click on 05 transfer student...also, the deans letter of reccomendation is in spanish lol i wonder if theres an english version to give to my school.
    I did it but I don't know if you need it. I contacted the dean of the community college where I was taking my pre-reqs as I had graduated with my BA a decade earlier. It just seemed easier to go to the dean of the community college.

    I think I had to have someone translate it for him. It was a pain. He had a Mexican background but knew very little Spanish.

    But you probably don't need it.
  7. by   calijenn
    Thank you you guys are so much help! I don't have a BA but have credit to transfer over so I'm crossing my fingers to get into the accelerated program but if not the regular is fine with me it still beats my schools waitin list and program so either way I am grateful and happy. Any word on when the next English term starts? I'm from bay area too! We should FB each other I can't send messages on here
  8. by   Abril510
    Quote from calijenn
    Thank you you guys are so much help! I don't have a BA but have credit to transfer over so I'm crossing my fingers to get into the accelerated program but if not the regular is fine with me it still beats my schools waitin list and program so either way I am grateful and happy. Any word on when the next English term starts? I'm from bay area too! We should FB each other I can't send messages on here

    Goodluck
    The next trimester starts November 2nd I believe.
    Omg this is a small world! Jaja
    Ok my email is: april10893@yahoo.com
  9. by   calijenn
    worldtravelingyogi! i have a few questions for you if u have time my email is jenrodriguez88@gmail.com
  10. by   Jeb-in-Minneapolis
    It seems like everyone's in a rush to get into the program. Let me just remind you guys you get what you pay for. The school is rather crappy, so you're pasically paying roughly 20k total for a piece of paper (BSN) that lets you sit for the test. You definitely have to be motivated enough to do your own studying because the school won't prepare you at all! Your clinical skills are going to be non-existent as well. I'm doing peds right now and I think I've drawn blood maybe 5 times total, and never done an IV (I did put in one catheter, yay), which is pretty typical. Talking to other nursing friends who went to real schools in the states, this is pretty pathetic. Sorry, I just want folks to come here with their eyes open.... Beautiful island, cheap, easy to get into, quick program, terrible school....
  11. by   calijenn
    Quote from Jeb-in-Minneapolis
    It seems like everyone's in a rush to get into the program. Let me just remind you guys you get what you pay for. The school is rather crappy, so you're pasically paying roughly 20k total for a piece of paper (BSN) that lets you sit for the test. You definitely have to be motivated enough to do your own studying because the school won't prepare you at all! Your clinical skills are going to be non-existent as well. I'm doing peds right now and I think I've drawn blood maybe 5 times total, and never done an IV (I did put in one catheter, yay), which is pretty typical. Talking to other nursing friends who went to real schools in the states, this is pretty pathetic. Sorry, I just want folks to come here with their eyes open.... Beautiful island, cheap, easy to get into, quick program, terrible school....
    jeb!

    can you email me i have lots of questions if u dont mind lol!! also, do you know anyone at UPR school of nursing?? i just sent my application packet to inter metro but im thinking about applying to UPR also. and is it really that bad???
  12. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from Jeb-in-Minneapolis
    It seems like everyone's in a rush to get into the program. Let me just remind you guys you get what you pay for. The school is rather crappy, so you're pasically paying roughly 20k total for a piece of paper (BSN) that lets you sit for the test. You definitely have to be motivated enough to do your own studying because the school won't prepare you at all! Your clinical skills are going to be non-existent as well. I'm doing peds right now and I think I've drawn blood maybe 5 times total, and never done an IV (I did put in one catheter, yay), which is pretty typical. Talking to other nursing friends who went to real schools in the states, this is pretty pathetic. Sorry, I just want folks to come here with their eyes open.... Beautiful island, cheap, easy to get into, quick program, terrible school....
    I my school, so I'm going to defend it a bit here

    OK, while what you say may be true, there are quite a few things that you have to look at. Number one, if the school was so "crappy" it wouldn't have gotten a reaccreditation for the BSN and initial accreditation for the associates, would it? I have seen the criteria for accreditation, and it's not a simple process. I highly doubt that they would just give us the stamp of approval for the heck of it. If we didn't meet the criteria, they would have yanked accreditation for the BSN and never gave it to us for the associates.

    Also, you stated that you spoke to your friends in "real schools" in the states and they are in a nursing student wonderland where they get to do everything under the sun. Think about it...they're from the STATES, you are studying on an ISLAND with a totally different culture. It's not the school, it's the Puerto Rican culture. They are much more relaxed, laid back, etc. When an outsider looks at that from the typical "rush rush" American mindset, of course it's going to be frustrating. I see you're from Minneapolis, so maybe you haven't dealt with many Puerto Ricans. I'm from Orlando, which is probably 50% Hispanic (mainly people from PR), so I have seen it there as well. It's their culture. If you're here on their island, you have to accept their culture. A few years ago, Puerto Ricans were named the "happiest people on earth" by some study. Maybe we can learn something from them???? Like slow down and don't sweat the small stuff.

    As far as not learning clinical skills, if you didn't learn then you must not have been paying attention. My professors have all completed their part of the deal in terms of teaching me the necessary skills to be a nurse. The fact that I haven't been able to get tons of practice in the hospital like your friends in "real nursing school" has nothing to do with our school. It's not as though the nurses in the hospital have asked our professor "Hey, can your student put this IV in" and our professor said no. The nurses at the hospital usually don't even offer and one told my friend that she wasn't allowed to put an insulin injection in. That was the nurse--not the professor. When my friend told the professor that, she was LIVID that her student was denied the opportunity. She confronted the nurse who was obviously either too lazy to watch over the student or misinformed about the hospital's policies. Again, it's the HOSPITAL'S fault that we haven't gotten the opportunity. It has nothing to do with the school. And maybe things here are much different than the all mighty schools in the states. The hospitals probably give your friends over there the opportunity--maybe that's their policy. Again, this is Puerto Rico and things are run differently here like it or not.

    Now, when you say that you are spending $20,000 for a piece of paper to take the NCLEX--isn't that the ultimate point of nursing school??!! Nursing is a job where you are constantly learning. The majority of the skills you will master while you're working. Why do you think that they have orientations (sometimes up to a YEAR) for new graduate nurses? Why do you think no one wants to hire new grads? Because we don't know JACK when we graduate and they have to spend a ton of money to train us during orientation. That's not just for students from La Inter in PR, that's for those wonder students you mentioned in the states, too. Also, I think that if you talk to anyone in the states, they will say that they had to do loads of self study to pass the NCLEX. Why? Because there is just TOO MUCH for any nursing school to cover, no matter how prestigious and great they are. If the schools in the states prepared everyone so wonderfully, why do they make NCLEX review books or have those courses that people pay $500+ for? Because there is just too much material, period.

    Yes, things are different here. However, I think that instead of dragging the school's name through the mud, you should be thanking your lucky stars that you found this school. I would be willing to bet that you will have that "piece of paper" in your hand here in PR quicker than you would even get off the waiting list in one of those real schools in the states. Some people wait 2-3 years to even get IN school. You will be done with your BSN in that time. To me that is a blessing. I will take my piece of paper and enjoy my job 2-3 years before your friends in the states do--and probably even longer than that, because our program is done in trimesters and theirs are done in semesters, so it's much longer. So, you can feel free to join them in the never ending wait list hell over there for a "real school" if you hate IAUPR so much. No one is holding a gun to your head to keep you here.

    I have expressed my frustrations with this school, yes. However, I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. In my opinion, the professors here are MUCH more involved than the professors I had in Orlando. Thanks to all of you who read my long, long rant LOL
  13. by   calijenn
    i enjoyed reading the rant! i guess its good to read everything tho lol!
    Last edit by calijenn on Sep 1, '11

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