Puerto Rico school feedback - thread #2 - page 22

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Wow after 9 years and 1336 posts they closed our thread because it was too long. The original thread and all the helpful posts can be found here: There are 134 pages in that thread but the last 130 pages were from 2010... Read More


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    And thanks ohio_2013 and stephaniemaried for the "likes." :-)
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    Thank you for that wealth of information, Yogi!

    One thing I'm confused on is the difference in schedules between the non-accelerated and accelerated programs. Is the first year of the non-accelerated program all generals? or are there some nursing classes too?

    I have decided if I can confirm it will only be 2 years until I finish my degree I will move there in Aug. (Wish I could move to PR now, ugh. Obligations are the worst :P ) I might still move there in Aug or Nov even if it will have to be 3 years (trying to avoid that.. I'm a wanderer and three years in one place scares me, haha. Even one year in one place is a bit frightening. At least it's a beautiful location. How did you like living there, WorldTravelingYogi?? I would really value your thoughts. I think we are a bit similar.. I saw on another thread you were thinking about working with Doctors w/o Boarders or the Peace Corps.. same here. I'm still debating my options for school- maybe in another US territory..? hmm...)

    If I hussle, and the school allows me to take nine credits in June and July, I can can complete all the generals by November, besides two Spanish courses. I am fine with going Nov '13-Nov '15 instead of Nov-May, so maybe I wouldn't even need to take one or two of the gen ed courses because I could fit them in later... I have come to terms with needing to make a trip there in May to sort this out.

    Do you know if I would be able to register for the online classes and start them without going there first?
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    stephaniemaried if you are OK going to Nov to Nov then you should be fine. And the accelerated schedule is very low on classes. There is one trimester that is only 10 units which is silly. They could very easily make the program 18 month. But in that case it would be easy for you to add a Spanish class. And yeah I have heard that some people test out but also you can take those course "on contract" which is kind of like self study and you have an advisor you meet with from time to time. I am not too sure how it works.

    There is a girl that posts on here that did ALL her remaining generals online the year before she started the accelerated program. She is one of my Facebook friends so I'll tell her to look at this thread and contact you about how she did it. That would be a good option for you. Take summer classes and online class in the Aug to Nov trimester.

    So I'll send her a message now. They are in Semanta Sana (Spring Break) right now until Easter is over so give her some time to respond.

    OK I just messaged her.
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    Thank you for being so helpful, Yogi!!

    I haven't been able to apply online yet because the school's admission page says it's down for maintenance....

    I think I will go in April or May to try and get things done at the school. I need to get in to the online classes over the summer... When do you suggest I make the trip?

    I was thinking that I could tell the nursing director or whoever decides my class schedule that I want to be on course for the 11 month associates option, but I may decide to get my BSN "depending on my finances". Because from what I have read on here the associates group takes the same classes the first year as the accelerated bachelor's group, right? Then I can just say "oh yay everything worked out" and by that time I will have my gen ed done and I'll just continue with the accelerated group.
    Think it'd work? Good idea/bad idea?
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    Quote from stephaniemaried
    Thank you for being so helpful, Yogi!!

    I haven't been able to apply online yet because the school's admission page says it's down for maintenance....

    I think I will go in April or May to try and get things done at the school. I need to get in to the online classes over the summer... When do you suggest I make the trip?

    I was thinking that I could tell the nursing director or whoever decides my class schedule that I want to be on course for the 11 month associates option, but I may decide to get my BSN "depending on my finances". Because from what I have read on here the associates group takes the same classes the first year as the accelerated bachelor's group, right? Then I can just say "oh yay everything worked out" and by that time I will have my gen ed done and I'll just continue with the accelerated group.
    Think it'd work? Good idea/bad idea?
    I think April or May is good. Either should work and they won't tell you it is too early. I had one friend that did not apply in advance and though she could fly down and take care of everything. Well she could not apply AND register in the same trip. So apply in advance and send your transcripts, etc. Then when you visit bring your transcripts because they loose transcripts from about 1/2 the students. Well maybe it is not that high. But I sent all my transcripts from 6 schools together and I paid for return receipt. When I got the return receipt I could see they had the transcript 3 days after I mailed them. Yet they told me they were missing one transcript. Well they lost it because I sent them all together. The one they lost did not matter because it was for a study abroad summer program and it was French courses and I had way too many French courses when I finally graduated with my French degree. Anyway, apply in advance and then bring EVERYTHING when you visit.

    It will not matter if you apply for the ADN or the BSN. There is a set program for both. The ADN in the accelerated program starts in Aug and ends with a summer course in pediatrics in June the following year. And they have had pediatrics as a summer course for years now. SO even though it is discussed on this thread if they will have it or not each summer. They have it and it has been many years that they have it. And yes students may have to sign a petition and get at least 30 signatures but usually 80% of the class wants it and they only have one class. It ends up working out because a few people get summer internships in various states or have other summer plans so no one gets turned away. Plus if you are staying for the BSN and take peds in the summer then your fall trimester will be less then full time (12units). Because peds is 3 units for lecture and 2 units for clinical.

    OK so if you are in the accelerated ADN prog it is 11 months, which is Aug to June. But if you are on the non-accelerated track it is a lot longer. The BSN is 3 years and the ADN is about 18 months. You start in August, lets say August 2013 and then you finish with peds in Feb 2015. You can either do accelerated or non accelerated and if you have a lot of general ed but not all I don't know how that works because the gen ed classes in the non accelerated program are mixed in the curriculum.

    So I did message my friend to check this board and contact you. She is out of town right now but she will and she is very helpful and a nice person. But she took her GE classes from home online and then started the program this past fall 2012.
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    Thanks! I am dying to apply but the website still says there is maintenance when I click on the application.

    So how did you like living in PR? Were you anxious to get out of there when you graduated or was it a little bitter-sweet?
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    Quote from stephaniemaried
    Hi, again. Sorry for the long post above. It would have been much shorter had I found the class list sooner.. got it! haha. So you can ignore some of that stuff. Now a question I have are for those in the accelerated program, how many gen ed classes did they typically have to finish still? Please let me know about classes you had that transferred. Thank you!
    Hey Stephanie,

    I am currently at La Inter and I'm one of those people who chime in randomly like WorldTravelingYogi mentioned...lol.

    I read through your list of questions, first I want to start off by saying that November start date is not guaranteed for all NEW students. A lot of things have changed since the very first thread because there is a brand new director on the scene. Last year (Nov 2012), my cousin was admitted to the school BUT for awhile she didn't know if she was going to be able to start the nursing program because of the confusion (One point they were telling her that they were only going to let students who were already present at the school start in November because they've been waiting---and then when she was admitted to the school, they let her begin the program. You will notice when you get to the school they flip-flop around--VERY FRUSTRATING). The Nursing department was CHAOTIC...so I honestly don't know how long they will let new transfer students in the nursing program for November start date. It may have happened in the past, but as things progress...I don't know how long that will last. So I pray they get things together in the nursing department so they can clarify things as far as November start dates, but just know that. I'm not trying to get your hopes up, but I just want you to know.

    Accelerated program:
    If you have a bachelors degree, you are automatically in the accelerated program. The most classes you'd have to take is Christian Faith if you've never taken a religion course. If you do not have a bachelors degree...technically your not in the "Accelerated program" because your taking other classes besides nursing---Pretty much, the admissions office will look at your transcripts and course description list and accept the classes they think that will fit the nursing class course list. So usually English 1101/1102, College Algebra, History, Art or Music history, Religion, Intro Computer, Humanities etc will get accepted. The most you'd have to take if you have all of those classes (and then some) would be Spanish I/II. While your taking general classes, if your GPA is a 2.5 your taking nursing classes with the general education classes as well. I have a previous bachelors so all I'm taking is nursing classes. My younger cousin started school in November. Admissions department accepted 15 credits from her previous school. She's taking gen ed classes and Nursing classes all together right now.

    How many days will you need to visit to get everything taken care of?

    I say max 3 days. Make sure you apply online, send in all of your paper work (Copy of ID, Social, Course description list, and transcript all in ONE packet. If you are under 21, Immunization forms...if not don't worry about them. Since you are in the Netherlands and live in Colorado, I'd make sure I'd visit probably a month and a half (maybe 2) after you send in all of your stuff--Only reason why I'm saying that is bc I have a friend who's on this site from Washington State...she visited the school and the admissions department sat with her for 10 minutes and told her to wait for her letter in the mail and that was that. I felt really bad because she spent MONEY on a plane ticket, hotel, car rental just to hear that. Granted she got to see the school and the area, but she could have came closer to start of school or spent the money to move etc (I know back in the day they used to get all of your stuff and type up your acceptance letter right then and there---they don't do that any more)

    Hopefully I've answered all your questions, let me know if you have anymore questions.
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    Hi, I also applied for the nursing program, but for the August start date. I am planning to go to PR in the first week of May just to take care of everything even though I sent all my paperwork back in February and got received by school in February 18. Since then, I haven't heard anything from school and that kinds of get me nervous about it. I live in California and after reading all the posts I am not 100% sure based on what i read that is an easy admission to the nursing program. 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.
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    Thank you, tmp25! I was hoping you would chime in, I read all your posts on the threads about the schools
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    How do you like the school and PR now that you're there?


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