Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 91

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   tmp25
    O,ok, thats what I was thinking as well, but then I started to research UMET a bit more. I haven't made my decision yet, but I will as soon as I visit both schools. UMET starts in August and January. La Inter starts in August, but I have read something about starting in November on here but I can't remember whether or not that info was true or false. I understand what you mean though when you say, "I don't feel like any of it will be real until I go visit"---> I felt like that for awhile, but now I'm kind of excited and its becoming more real to me since I've been on this thread and talking to people.
  2. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from designer-mommy
    ...Wisconsin is a compact state, and so is AZ, so I wonder if I could work under a compact license? I think you can only do that for 30 days though. Ugh, my head is spinning.
    Misty did you look into this? I plan on testing for Wisconsin because I know there are no jobs back in California and Wisconsin is a compact state as is Arizona. I thought the idea of getting licensed in a compact state automatically allows you to work in any other compact state. That was my impression. Is that wrong?

    From the National Council of State Boards of Nursing it states "One license - 24 states and counting...
    In 2000, NCBSN launched a new initiative to expand the mobility of nurses as part of our nation's health care delivery system. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in both their home state and other party states."

    That information and a map of all 24 compact states can be found at:
    https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm

    I really did go off this thread but hihopes22 is staying with me and she was talking about this post at dinner tonight.
  3. by   feetinthedirt
    I think the November date is something you have to ask for specifically. And that some people at the school will tell you that you can't start then, but that you actually can.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    To work under compact license you need to mainatin a home in the first state whilst working in the second state. If you sell up and move lock stock and barrel then you need to apply for a license in the state you move to. Usually seee it described like a driving license where if you move permanently you need to get a new drivers license
  5. by   Txmom3
    Hi Hihopes22,
    Can you tell me why you have decided to pick UMET over la Inter? Do you know when their next session is starting? I hear they have bi- semester sessions hence more start dates, is it true. Also can you find out how long it will take if one has all the pre- reqs. Also, are all classes, including clinicals offered during the summer sessions as well? thanks!
  6. by   snowshyne
    feetinthedirt, you're right. I asked them if there was another start date and they advised me of the one in November. It might be something they only offer after the August start-date has passed though. I'm not really sure how that works.

    If I don't make it into my local program this year, I will likely head that way. I wanted to go to Puerto Rico last year but could not afford to move at that time. Keeping my fingers crossed for this year...
  7. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from feetinthedirt
    I think the November date is something you have to ask for specifically. And that some people at the school will tell you that you can't start then, but that you actually can.
    Yeah that is pretty much the case. This year there were two students in the accelerated program that started in November. They are basically with the non accelerated group for 2 trimesters and then if they want to catch up with the August group they take the June summer session and the July summer session and by Aug of the following year they have caught up with the accelerated students that started 3 months before. They end up graduating in May. So for example, a student starts Nov 2011 they will graduate May 2013 which is 18 months. Now that is a true accelerated program.
  8. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from Txmom3
    Hi Hihopes22,
    Can you tell me why you have decided to pick UMET over la Inter? Do you know when their next session is starting? I hear they have bi- semester sessions hence more start dates, is it true. Also can you find out how long it will take if one has all the pre- reqs. Also, are all classes, including clinicals offered during the summer sessions as well? thanks!
    Sorry to answer for her but she is staying with me. She wanted to start in Jan so UMET was her only choice. She may have picked either school but our school doesn't start in Jan. In fact we are about to go into finals because we are on a trimester system.

    And from what I hear about her professor it sounds just like La Inter. In fact this professor came from La Inter. I do think from what I hear that the facilities at UMET are much more state of the art. Like Jen says check out both and make your own decisions.
  9. by   feetinthedirt
    I'm curious if anyone can tell me how they are supporting themselves while doing this program? It sounds like after your tuition is covered, there is some--but not a lot--of money left over for living expenses. If I stayed where I'm at (Seattle) then I'd have the potential for picking up occasional shifts at old jobs, etc.--but in Puerto Rico I would be going there without such connections. I'm just trying to figure out, realistically, how much money I will need to bring down there to live off of while I do the program. I know everyone's situation is unique, but getting some ideas around how others are doing it would be so helpful! Thanks!
  10. by   snowshyne
    Quote from feetinthedirt
    I'm curious if anyone can tell me how they are supporting themselves while doing this program? It sounds like after your tuition is covered, there is some--but not a lot--of money left over for living expenses. If I stayed where I'm at (Seattle) then I'd have the potential for picking up occasional shifts at old jobs, etc.--but in Puerto Rico I would be going there without such connections. I'm just trying to figure out, realistically, how much money I will need to bring down there to live off of while I do the program. I know everyone's situation is unique, but getting some ideas around how others are doing it would be so helpful! Thanks!
    Funny, I just emailed someone from this thread the EXACT same question. I don't see how people can afford to do it without a roommate.
  11. by   Txmom3
    Thanks for the info. I was actually in PR in August, registered for classes at la inter and even got my Certficado de salud! I have to drop my classes and come back home because my kids 7, 4, 2 were not doing too well during my absence. I do want to earn my RN and rgiht now I am wondering if I could do it in chunks, meaning one trimester each year.That way, i can be away from home 3 months at a time. It will take longer but I am willing to pay the price. I am trying to decide if UMET would not be a better choice in that case. Any info would be appreciated.
  12. by   hihopes22
    Quote from Txmom3
    Thanks for the info. I was actually in PR in August, registered for classes at la inter and even got my Certficado de salud! I have to drop my classes and come back home because my kids 7, 4, 2 were not doing too well during my absence. I do want to earn my RN and rgiht now I am wondering if I could do it in chunks, meaning one trimester each year.That way, i can be away from home 3 months at a time. It will take longer but I am willing to pay the price. I am trying to decide if UMET would not be a better choice in that case. Any info would be appreciated.
    Hi txmom,

    I haven't been on in a while but as Yogi said, I really had no choice. But at Umet each semester is broken up into two. We have bimesters. Each part is 8 weeks. So one semester is essentially 16 weeks not including the small break in between. Hope this helps. I am not sure how that would work to come once a year. Maybe try taking one semester and see ifyou can transfer to a school in the states.
  13. by   VeronicaR
    Hi hihopes,
    I am new to this thread and have spent the last hour or so reading through all the comments and have learned so much!! I read your post from the beginning of your research to now and I am happy you decided to stay! I hope one day that will be me! I noticed some current students have finished and left the thread so I hope you will continue on and help us future students along our jouney! I am just starting my research on PR and I sure after I am done reading the rest of the comments I will have plenty of ?'s!!

    VeronicaR

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