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  1. Visit  ohio_2013 profile page
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    Can you provide us with the address you sent your papers to.

    Thanks
  2. Visit  ohio_2013 profile page
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    Thank you for the wealth of information!!!i really appreciate that.
  3. Visit  WorldTravelingYogi profile page
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    Quote from quik248
    Do you think May is a good time to go or should I just wait until they hopefully send me a letter? Also, is it possible to work while in the program, if so, how difficult or easy is to obtain a job? I am a LPN nurse in California, do you think I could endorse my license in PR?
    Thanks in advance.
    It is very easy to get accepted into the school however they are NOT efficient in any way. ANd you find this EVERYWHERE on the island. Things start driving you crazy. You love and hate the island at the same time.

    So as long as everyone on here that is applying has above a 2.5 GPA which is super low, you will get in. However admissions when send the letter whenever they feel like it. I applied in Jan or Feb and it was driving me crazy. I was lucky enough that I had a client and her company's client was the school. Her colleague would travel to the school about twice a year. So she spoke to her contact at the school and she got on it so they expedited my acceptance letter.

    It is a pain but that is how it is on the island. If you are not used to island life then there are many laid back things that will drive you batty.

    And yes you can definitely work as an LPN/LVN. The NCLEX supersedes the PR boards so there is noting to endorse. You will definitely need to be fluent in SPanish to get a job as an LPN but you can most certainly find a job. I'll warn you though I had a Puerto Rican friend in my program that was an LPN and he made 8.50 an hour. The pay is awful, truely awful. I think Starbucks at the beach pays the same as that.
  4. Visit  MrCAPR profile page
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    Quote from WorldTravelingYogi

    It is very easy to get accepted into the school however they are NOT efficient in any way. ANd you find this EVERYWHERE on the island. Things start driving you crazy. You love and hate the island at the same time.

    So as long as everyone on here that is applying has above a 2.5 GPA which is super low, you will get in. However admissions when send the letter whenever they feel like it. I applied in Jan or Feb and it was driving me crazy. I was lucky enough that I had a client and her company's client was the school. Her colleague would travel to the school about twice a year. So she spoke to her contact at the school and she got on it so they expedited my acceptance letter.

    It is a pain but that is how it is on the island. If you are not used to island life then there are many laid back things that will drive you batty.

    And yes you can definitely work as an LPN/LVN. The NCLEX supersedes the PR boards so there is noting to endorse. You will definitely need to be fluent in SPanish to get a job as an LPN but you can most certainly find a job. I'll warn you though I had a Puerto Rican friend in my program that was an LPN and he made 8.50 an hour. The pay is awful, truely awful. I think Starbucks at the beach pays the same as that.
    Thank you very much for your words. And it's scary the pay rate As an LVN.. OMG that Is the minimum in California for someone with just high school or no high school..
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  5. Visit  WorldTravelingYogi profile page
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    Quote from quik248
    Thank you very much for your words. And it's scary the pay rate As an LVN.. OMG that Is the minimum in California for someone with just high school or no high school..
    Depends where in CA. The minimum wage in San Francisco is 10.55 as of Jan 2013.Last year San Francisco minimum wage was 10.24 but it has been over 10 bucks for a while. Even then how on earth could you live on 10.55 an hour in SF.

    Puerto Rico everything is cheaper except food. Food at the grocery store is expensive. But get a Costco card and you will be fine. All the students did regular Costco runs. It is the only way to afford food. And split the fee with another student as a card allows you to add a guest. And they NEVER look at the pic and they don't care so you can lend your card out or others can lend you there card. But for 25 a year it was soooo worth it to have a Costco card. And they were building a new one in Santurce wich is in San Juan and close to Condado. Before we had to drive to Bayamon or Carolina. Both of wich are close but when they finish Santurce I could ride my bike there.

    OK end of off topic rant. :-)
  6. Visit  stephaniemaried profile page
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    I'm hoping someone can provide some input on how difficult the online gen ed classes are to complete over the summer? The sessions are only a month each. I just completed an online psych 101 course in 2 months and I felt it was pretty easy and do-able in a month. Does it seem easy to get good grades in the gen ed courses?
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  7. Visit  WorldTravelingYogi profile page
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    Quote from stephaniemaried
    I'm hoping someone can provide some input on how difficult the online gen ed classes are to complete over the summer? The sessions are only a month each. I just completed an online psych 101 course in 2 months and I felt it was pretty easy and do-able in a month. Does it seem easy to get good grades in the gen ed courses?
    Stephanie I don't think there are many people on here and there may not be any on here that did summer GE classes. But classes at La Inter are NOT in anyway difficult. NONE of the classes are difficult. The whole thing is pretty much a joke so I really would not worry about it.
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  8. Visit  stephaniemaried profile page
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    Anyone have an info about the honors program?
  9. Visit  MrCAPR profile page
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    Alright everyone, is set. I am going to Puerto Rico in May to explore the city and to find out what is going on with my still pending application. I have sent everything to school paper work wise and I will the school the whole month of April to reply to me( hopefully they do). At the same time I'll be going to look for a place to live and for a job... It's done I bought my airplane ticket already so I hope and pray to God that when I go down there I am able to take care of everything and settle for the August start date and to bless me with a job in nursing. If there is anyone on this thread who is currently living in Puerto Rico, I will appreciate any recommendations on what areas are good to rent near by the school. Also any nursing job or any job will be greatly and immense appreciate it.

    Let me tell you all that I am exited and nervous and I feel that I am going to a limbo place of which I've never been before. Scary feeling since I have a family to support who are gonna stay in the main land until I settled well with a job and roof for them.

    Help please!!!
  10. Visit  stephaniemaried profile page
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    Hey quik! I plan on coming in May too. You should PM me about the dates you will be there and maybe we can meet
  11. Visit  WorldTravelingYogi profile page
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    Quote from stephaniemaried
    Hey quik! I plan on coming in May too. You should PM me about the dates you will be there and maybe we can meet
    Hehe, I will actually be there in May too. But obviously for different reasons. Stephanie you can find out about the honors program when you start. You don't have a Bachelors so you can for sure do it and if you maintain above a 3.9 which is easy at La Inter they pay your tuition. But it's all kind of hush hush for people with Bachelors degrees. When I started we didn't have anyone to tell us this stuff. But if people with Bachelors are reading this and you apply for the honors program do NOT say you have a Bachelors. They will not check. Only one person was turned away and that is because she said she had a Bachelors.

    I don't even know if I should have posted all that. But quite honestly I am gone and my other friends are about to graduate AND I don't see why someone woudl mess it up for everyone.
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  12. Visit  tmp25 profile page
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    Stephanie,

    Sorry to answer so late!!

    Okay so PR so far...in the beginning I was excited to be in a new place, get away, and do something that I love, nursing. Now...I'm literally counting down the days. I have 10 or 13 more months (the reason I am saying this is because I'm able to take Pediatrics during the summer-June- and we may or may not be able to graduate early) The BEST part of Puerto Rico is being able to explore the island. I can honestly say that I enjoy Puerto Rico because of the scenery, the beaches, the mountains, etc. School wise...I feel like I'm just ready to graduate and pass the NCLEX. There's just ALOT of things that goes on within the nursing department that forces you to constantly remind your self why your there... "I'm here because there is no waiting list, its cheap, and its accredited....REPEAT!" I don't want to scare anyone off, but if you have read the very first thread...the students are telling the TRUTH. Believe them!! LOL. The program is easy, just make sure you study-study-study. Buy the Saunders NCLEX Review book now...start reading (your going to end up reading the whole thing anyway before or after your done with school anyway)...I promise you, you will appreciate it later on.

    Accelerated Nursing Program:

    • Aug-Oct:
      • Basic principles and concepts of nursing
      • Fundamentals of nursing
      • Practice of fundamentals of Nursing
      • Pharmacologic Aspects

    • Nov-Feb:
      • Fundamentals of psychosocial of Care I
      • Practice of psychosocial care (lab)
      • Fundamentals of Adult Care I
      • Practice of Adult Care I (lab)

    • March-May
      • Fundamentals of Maternal Neonatal
      • Practice of Maternal-Neonatal
      • Fundaments of Adult Care II
      • Practice of Adult Care II (Lab)

    • June (Optional/Not guaranteed)
      • Fundamentals of Pediatric Care
      • Practice of Pediatric Care (Lab)
        • Summer school is paid out of pocket.
        • There has to be 25 “true” (previous bachelors degree/only taking nursing courses) accelerated nursing students signed up (per new director)


    • Aug-Oct
    • Fundamentals of Pediatric Care
    • Practice of Pediatric Care (Lab)
    • Dimensions of Profession Practice
    • Health Assessment
    • Introduction to nursing research



    • Nov-Feb:
      • Intervention is Psychosocial Trans
      • Professional Intervention in Life Cycle
      • Integrated Practice I (Lab)

    • March-May
      • Family Community Care
      • Integrated Practice II
      • Integrated Workshop



    Honors Program:

    I talked to the Honors program director in December, he explained to me that students need a 3.4 GPA, 13 or 14 institution credits (if I remember correctly), and a letter from a club president (ex: Nursing Club or Intercultural club or Student Govt or Environmental club...etc). At the time I went to him, they didn't have any more slots open for the scholarship, so he told me to come back in May for Fall-Spring 2013/2014. You have to take an honors class once every other trimester....2 within a year basically. They have a list of classes your able to choose from--- I asked him for the list, he told me I will get that in May. (LOL. Smh) So thats that for the honors program. Things have changed apparently changed since Worldtravelingyogi was here.



    This is for the person who asked where to send application info:

    Admissions Department
    Director

    Janice Olivieri
    Inter American University
    Highway 1, Km. 16.3
    Corner Francisco Sein St.
    Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-1293
  13. Visit  AlaBro2010 profile page
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    "Now...I'm literally counting down the days. I have 10 or 13 more months (the reason I am saying this is because I'm able to take Pediatrics during the summer-June- and we may or may not be able to graduate early) The BEST part of Puerto Rico is being able to explore the island. I can honestly say that I enjoy Puerto Rico because of the scenery, the beaches, the mountains, etc. School wise...I feel like I'm just ready to graduate and pass the NCLEX. There's just ALOT of things that goes on within the nursing department that forces you to constantly remind your self why your there... "I'm here because there is no waiting list, its cheap, and its accredited....REPEAT!" "

    Ditto that. Can't say I miss it. It's worth it though.
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