Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 9

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   mike.choley
    Just got home last night. Visited the school and talked to a few people that went through the program. Everyone I dealt with at the school was very helpful. I spoke with the Nursing director, the head of the English Trimester Program, and the head of admissions.

    As far as the quality of the program, I heard what I expected to hear. What you put in is what you get out. The girl I spoke to worked extra hard and passed the NCLEX on her first sitting in 45 minutes. She said if she had done just enough to get by she wouldn't have had a chance. The program is for sure two years, if you have a BA already.

    One interesting thing I found out is that you can actually get permitted to work halfway through the program, since you technically have an associates by that time. The downside of that is that nurses make half of what they make on the mainland, and the working conditions are pretty bad.



    The island itself is amazing, a true tropical paradise. San Juan however, is big, busy and crowded. I still haven't decided yet. One thing that is a concern is that the school is being reviewed for thier NLNAC accreditation in October. The director made it sound like something routine and not to worry about, but the student I talked to said that It wouldn't surprise her if they lost it.
  2. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from mike.choley
    One thing that is a concern is that the school is being reviewed for thier NLNAC accreditation in October. The director made it sound like something routine and not to worry about, but the student I talked to said that It wouldn't surprise her if they lost it.
    That is really scary. That is enough for me not to go. I applied at several schools around the country and I am just playing the waiting game right now. I have no idea which ones will pan out and which will not. So right now I will not cross IAUPR off my list but it is most certainly at the bottom.

    It would be really cool to live on an island in the tropics and learn Spanish but the whole purpose is to go to nursing school and pass the NCLEX. So I think I am way better off in New Orleans with a school that has a proven 100% pas rate in their accelerated program.

    By the way if any one is reading this and will be applying in about a year check out LSU in New Orleans. OK I know San Juan and New Orleans are worlds apart. When I was applying for schools I wanted accelerated programs in warm destinations that do not have out of state tuition rates AND places I would want to live. I was not planning to go some where like Alabama (sorry to anyone who lives in Alabama).

    Anyway, LSU and IAUPR covered all the categories I wanted and LSU is about 15,000 in tuition for the 21 month prgrogram and that includes 900 per semester because I am not a resident. 900 extra per semester is pocket change.

    Anyway, I am just saying that it is a good program and people who are looking to start in Fall 2011 should look into it. By no means are the cities the same but they are both different and quirky in their own ways and I come from a quirky, wonderful city.

    OK enough of my rant.

    Mike thanks again for the info. Can you confirm the time frame for the program. You said it is two years, an administrator said 6 trimesters. Does that mean the summer in between there is no school for a few months? No one can confirm this information.
  3. by   Oakley44
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    That is really scary...No one can confirm this information.

    The program in a nutshell, perhaps?

    It's very much a shame. In my opinion, the concept of private education is to avoid the bureaucracy of the "lowest common denominator" and to ferment competitive practices which allow for more efficient practices. Interamericana seems to fail big time in this regard. I love the idea of waking up in my over priced studio apartment in Old San Juan to the moist tropical breeze from a recent thunder shower with the smell of fresh empanadillas wafting through the window; but apparently that's not gonna happen.
  4. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from Oakley44
    ... I love the idea of waking up in my over priced studio apartment in Old San Juan to the moist tropical breeze from a recent thunder shower with the smell of fresh empanadillas wafting through the window; but apparently that's not gonna happen.
    I was totally thinking of living in Old San Juan if I could find a place with parking. It looks so cute.

    Everything in this country is cheaper then San Francisco except maybe New York so I am looking forward to an awesome apartment in an awesome neighborhood no matter where I go to school.

    Oakley where else did you apply to?
  5. by   Oakley44
    Quote from ChanelCinq
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    Oakley where else did you apply to?
    Touro in Nevada cause it's 16 months, has relatively high pass rates, and is conveniently located to CA and a major airport. I also applied to the Mt. Saint Mary's but it's reedonkulously expensive so probably wouldn't go there even if I got in - and Pasadena City college, but that's strictly ADN.
  6. by   Ambitious-Girl
    good news for me unexpectedly i got a phone call back from "e" at about 6:30 es,,and, he was wonderful answered all my questions and helping me out alot!! i am super excited and he also, sending me all the forms i needed..2yrs for the nursing program if you already have a ba and about 3 to 3 and half if you don't...that's still a go to me..no waiting list,i can start this yr hopefully and 3 yrs. instead of 2yr for a waiting list and 4yrs. nursing...idk, i'm going to stick it out and keep everyone updated on my journey( for now ) lol
    Last edit by Ambitious-Girl on Mar 25, '10
  7. by   Oakley44
    Quote from felice-franchon
    good news for me unexpectedly i got a phone call back from "e" at about 6:30 es,,and, he was wonderful answered all my questions and helping me out alot!! i am super excited and he also, sending me all the forms i needed..2yrs for the nursing program if you already have a ba and about 3 to 3 and half if you don't...that's still a go to me..no waiting list,i can start this yr hopefully and 3 yrs. instead of 2yr for a waiting list and 4yrs. nursing...idk, i'm going to stick it out and keep everyone updated on my journey( for now ) lol
    that's great. you might want to read some of the more jaded responses on this thread page as well as in the last 3-5 pages to gain an idea of what to expect over the next 6 months. "e" seems to very good at getting the application to people and answering the first few questions, but it trails off quickly from there. not to mention, the biggest if is whether or not they will maintain their accreditation. that students currently attending the program doubt it's ability to maintain accreditation is and should be a big red flag for all applicants.

    if only upr had a program in english....
  8. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from Oakley44
    Touro in Nevada cause it's 16 months, has relatively high pass rates, and is conveniently located to CA and a major airport. I also applied to the Mt. Saint Mary's but it's reedonkulously expensive so probably wouldn't go there even if I got in - and Pasadena City college, but that's strictly ADN.
    The 3 schools in warm destinations I applied to are LSU accelerated program in New Orleans, University of Miami accelerated program, and IAUPR. University of Miami is 39,000 for the 12 month program. So first I need to be accepted and then I will apply for their full tuition scholarship. I will ONLY go there if I get the scholarship.

    I applied to only one CA state school which was Humboldt because I had a slight chance of getting in. Then I found out I never actually applied for the nursing program which had a separate application. So that one is crossed of the list.

    I applied to two jr colleges, College of San Mateo and Chabot but I really don't want to take that long route. Also I am ready for a change of scenery.

    Then as an after thought and from info on this board I applied to Drexel's 11 month ABSN. However I have no intention of shelling out 35,000 and really don't want to live somewhere where I may have to shovel snow. I was accepted though. I wonder if they just accept everyone.

    I think I looked into that school in Nevada but I think they wanted pharmacology as a pre-req and I had no intention of taking more pre-reqs. Maybe it was an organic chem class. What ever it was, I was not planning on taking any more pre-reqs. I could be in school another 5 years if I was to fill all the pre-reqs for all the different schools. Well good luck. Let me know what you decide.
  9. by   Oakley44
    Quote from ChanelCinq
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    I think I looked into that school in Nevada but I think they wanted pharmacology as a pre-req and I had no intention of taking more pre-reqs. Maybe it was an organic chem class. What ever it was, I was not planning on taking any more pre-reqs. I could be in school another 5 years if I was to fill all the pre-reqs for all the different schools. Well good luck. Let me know what you decide.
    Cool. Yeah their PA program requires O Chem, but not the Acc-BSN program - and I think it's about $32k for the 16months.

    Drexel ...hahah, I lived in Philly in High school and yeah, well it's probably a pretty solid program and Philly has no shortage of very good hospitals.

    Best of luck with the rest...
  10. by   PuertoRicoLocal
    Cool,see you around the inter then.(but i'll be out this year sooo forget it)
  11. by   Ambitious-Girl
    Oakley44-- I have read all the pages being a lurker, lol but thanks sOO much anyway.!! Hopefully they wont lose it I am very excited and it's awesome for me in so many other ways.everything is not handed too you sometimes so we shall see..
  12. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from Oakley44
    Cool. Yeah their PA program requires O Chem, but not the Acc-BSN program - and I think it's about $32k for the 16months.

    Drexel ...hahah, I lived in Philly in High school and yeah, well it's probably a pretty solid program and Philly has no shortage of very good hospitals.

    Best of luck with the rest...
    If the school in Nevada costs 32,000 I didn't look into it. There was another ABSN progrm in Nevada that is part of the group that offers a tuition discount if you live in a neighbor state like CA and it was A LOT cheaper. If you are willing to pay 32,000 for a Nevada school why not 34,000 for Drexel. They have a 97% NCLEX pass rate and their program is the absolute quickest in the country at 11 months for an ABSN.

    I would look into it. I was accepted but they are last on my list. I want warm and cheap, not expensive and cold. I am OK with spending another year in school.
  13. by   caliotter3
    Chanel
    I like your phrase, "warm and cheap, not expensive and cold."

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