Hi! I finished in February of 2012, so I'll try to answer your questions.
What do you like most about the program and what do you like least?
I'm going to be brutally honest here, but I liked the easy going aspect of the school the most. Puerto Rico in general is easy going, so it's the norm. I guess that's also what I liked the least as well though. Just because you pass your classes does NOT mean you will pass the NCLEX without a lot of self study. The program is not hard at all compared to most in the states, which can be a double edged sword.
Are the professors helpful in answering questions? Or are they strict?
I'm sure they have a few new professors there, but the ones I had were all AWESOME. They were not strict at all, but they did expect us to get our work done. They were happy to help with anything we needed.
Describe a typical clinical day.
Well, you meet your classmates and professor at the hospital and you get your assignments from there. What you do depends on the class you're taking, of course. I think I did the most in the Adult Care 1 clinicals.
Would you recommend La Inter to US students?
I would. You just have to be prepared for the hoops you may have to jump through for your state's BON. I live in Arizona, and it is a nightmare here since they consider me a "foreign educated" nurse. I have to do an English test (costs about $175) and education verification (costs about $400) because of that. It's nuts. Some states are much easier though. For example, I applied to Wisconsin's BON because all they want is ONE PAPER from the school. Super easy. I just wanted to be able to get the NCLEX out of the way faster, without jumping through all of Arizona's hoops. Now I'm working on getting endorsed.
Where is the safest place to live near the school?
I'm not sure about this one. My husband and I lived in Gurabo since that's where he's from. It's about 30 minutes from the school. Most students who lived near the school lived in Las Cumbres I think. I don't remember anyone having problems there.
Is it necessary to own a car there?
In my opinion, yes, it's very necessary. You can use public transportation if you're in the metro area, but the public transportation sucks if you want to go any further. They literally have huge passenger vans from the 1980's as their "public bus." I'm not joking...it's crazy! You don't pay monthly car insurance in PR, just a registration once a year for about $200 and that includes your insurance. It's very crappy insurance, but you can drive legally. I say get a car and explore the island--it's beautiful!!! Also, a car will help you when it comes time to go to clinicals.
What is the nclex passing rate?
I don't know if anyone has ever figured this one out. I passed on my first try, and I know many people who did as well. I also know of a lot of people failing on their first try. To be fair, they warned us in orientation that we would have to do a LOT of self study if we wanted to pass. It is a trimester program with a lot of info crammed in to a short time, so if the professor skips a chapter or two, make sure that you go back and read them yourself. You can pass, trust me. I have four children, work 35 hours outside the home, work 25 hours from home and I still passed. I literally had NO time to study, but I buckled down and did it.
What advice would you give me that you wish someone toldyou before?
Probably what I just told you about the NCLEX. I guess I was warned in orientation, but I was very scared to take the NCLEX because I didn't feel prepared. Only a few classes actually used NCLEX style questions on their tests, so we didn't get a lot of NCLEX prep. But again, it's doable. It just takes a lot of dedication and hard work on your part.
Are there breaks in between trimesters?
Not really. You might get a week here and there, but not much of a break.