Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 69

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   Jen_Jen88
    FlRican1, I'm from Fl and I will be attending Umet bayamon only because I know I won't be able to do the courses in Spanish. I will be moving in July to cayey but by the end of the year hopefully near the school! I've applied to four jobs so let's see! Good luck!
  2. by   flrican1
    Good luck on the job search. I find it very hard to gauge the employment climate (although I know that I won't get paid anything close to what I am use to). Some people say "ohhh your going to be fine your bilingual", and then what I see with my eyes is an employment crisis. I wish you the best and if you have any advice on that subject I am all ears. I have not lived on the island since I was 7, visited alot but not lived. If I hear of any opportunites I will try to share it with you since I believe I have to have 10 posts to PM.

    FYI, I will be living close to Bayamon in the Toa Baja area with a family member myself. If you have any questions about the area just send me a message.
  3. by   Jen_Jen88
    I sent you a PM you may not reply to it but I THINK (not sure) you can recieve them. Looking for a job sucks. I have family that MAY be able to help me get a job but I know I will be getting paid less ....A LOT less lol than what I do now... ugh it sucks but I cannot live off loans only. Look into Hotels in El Condado.... The Hilton hotels have a few job openings. And a lot of people in PR are bilingual lol sooooo it does not help much for us.
  4. by   adja
    Hi all,
    I'm currently a student at la inter. I've been trying to figure out if the CA board of registered nurses views Puerto Rico as international for the purposes of applying to take the NCLEX through them. In other words do we need to do the transcript validation etc. that they require of international students. I'd rather apply directly through CA rather than Wisconsin because I want to get it all sorted out while I'm still in Puerto Rico and not have to worry about transferring and contacting people here once I've left. I can't figure it out from their website. Thanks!

    The school offers relatively inexpensive (I think $30/night) short-term housing on campus. It's called Casa Carmona and you can talk to E. the counselor for the international students program about how to apply for it.
  5. by   FeMaMaFutureRN
    Quote from flrican1
    Just wanted to say hello, I currently live in Orlando but will be attending the UMET (Cupey) ADN program in Aug. I went in June to visit and get my credits validated from Valencia CC; and it put me ahead of the game. If I am financially able to I will transfer over to the Bilingual BSN program. If not, I will take the NCLEX, return to Orlando and obtain the BSN online. I wish all of you the best and hope to read stories and comments about others experiences in Puerto Rico.


    Hi, I live in Florida now as well, Orlando to be specific. I will be attending Inter. What BSN program were you looking into online? How long is the ADN program at UMET? I will be moving to PR mid July. I plan on going back to Orlando myself, but I was hearing quite a few things about transfering from PR to Florida, as Florida being one of the more tough states to get into from PR. Best of luck.
  6. by   designer-mommy
    Hey! For those of you who wanted the book list, I scanned my copy and put in in a Google Doc. You can look at it here:


    I hope it's alright to post that. If not, the mods can remove it and I can just PM it to whoever wants it. I believe that it's posted online on their website though, so I don't see why it would be a problem. It's just that their website is super hard to navigate LOL

    Just a note, the Med-Surge book for Adult Care 1 and Adult Care 2 is different. However, I doubt that you guys will buy more than the books for NURS 1120, 1121 and 1122 because that's the first trimester's books. If you're in the accelerated program you will need the NURS 1130 books for Pharmacology too. If I were you, I would just buy minimal books because they may change them. You don't want to be stuck with books you don't need.

    Sorry the copy is so crappy. My scanner doesn't work too well.
  7. by   pearlgirl52508
    Thank you, Designer Mommy for that book list!!!! I would rather buy them from online than campus. When I went to UC Santa Barbara, just like any other university i'm assuming, books per Quarter exceeded me over $500!!!!! I need to be as cheap as possible. Thanks again

    Btw, do you happen to have an of those books? If so, are you interested in selling them?
  8. by   designer-mommy
    No problem

    Yeah, just like everything about this school, the book issue is backwards as well. When I went to Valencia in Orlando, I was able to give the book store my ID and they swiped it and charged it to my account. I had the Pell Grant, so it just came from there. That was AWESOME. They had used books, new books, and they had ALL the books I needed for every single one of my classes. At La Inter however, they have a tiny "book store" (if you can even call it that) that sells books from like 1990 something. They don't have all of the books you need for your classes either. So, if you have grants and loans, you're screwed. You have to buy the books from one of the stores here. There is one right down the street from the school near Starbucks and McDonalds. However, they don't take the vouchers from the school, so you have to come out of pocket and then wait for the school to send you the funds from the leftover of your loans to be reimbursed. The reimbursements don't usually come for at least a month to a month and a half after classes start, so go figure. Last year classes started on August 1 I believe, and I didn't get my refund until about September 12. I looked at the calendar for this year however, and it looks like they have sped things up considerably. It seems like reimbursement for the August trimester will be on August 12 or 13 I believe. Man I hope so!

    And I do have the books, but I'm actually holding on to them. Sorry! I just want to have them to study from. Oh, and look on eBay. I found my Basics/Fundamentals book for like $30 with shipping when everyone else wasy paying over $100 I believe. You can usually get earlier editions that are almost exactly the same. The sellers will usually say in their listings if the edition is the same as the new one. None of my teachers minded. But yeah, check on eBay and Amazon. I think WorldTravelingYogi mentioned half.com too. I've never ordered from them because it confuses me, but I hear that a lot of people do with no problem. It is MUCH cheaper to order them online. It's highway robbery at the book stores down here.
  9. by   pearlgirl52508
    Oh okay! Thanks for the info. and thats okay. My Bf uses half.com to buy his books, so i'll have to ask him to show me how to use it to buy my books. hehehe.
  10. by   flrican1
    Quote from FeMaMaFutureRN
    Hi, I live in Florida now as well, Orlando to be specific. I will be attending Inter. What BSN program were you looking into online? How long is the ADN program at UMET? I will be moving to PR mid July. I plan on going back to Orlando myself, but I was hearing quite a few things about transfering from PR to Florida, as Florida being one of the more tough states to get into from PR. Best of luck.
    From my research this is what I understand about the FL licensing. When you graduate you ARE QUALIFIED to take the NCLEX exam, the Puerto Rico Exam, or both. The only thing that FL is concerned about are the ENGLISH credits which you are required to take anyways at the INTER, UMET, and UPR. The problem seems to be with those that take the PR license exam transferring to FL without taking the NCLEX. The NCLEX is given on the island and you can take it for the state you wish to apply for. Wisconsin seems to have been talked about alot but I am gathering that it is for those nurses who took the PR exam to simply transfer it without taking the NCLEX. While I plan to come back to FL ASAP (because while I love my island I see no future for me there) I am going to sit for both the PR and NCLEX exams so that I have both licenses. Also there was an amendment to FL laws not to long ago making it easier for PR nurses with at least 3 years experience to transfer.

    The ADN program for the UMET is 2 years semester 1 year trimester (nights), I was lucky for the fact that I had started towards the nursing program at VCC (2 year wait list) so they accepted all my pre-reqs and I am just going to CLEP out of Spanish.

    Be aware however, that the ADN program is taught only in Spanish (with English books). Because of personal financial circumstances I am doing the ADN, but if things change for me I will transfer to the BSN and recommend that everyone who is prepared for this to go ahead and do the BSN (bilingual program).

    The UMET is cheaper than Inter but just as I did, I recommend that you visit and see if it fits you. No school is a one size fits all (as I learned with VCC)
  11. by   Jen_Jen88
    I've called the Fl nursing boards and they told me that PR was not considered international. Also the nurse director at Umet told me that Fl use to accept the PR license.
  12. by   designer-mommy
    A lot of people go through Wisconsin because it is supposedly the easiest and cheapest to get into. They say that there is much less red tape/hoops to jump through if you go through that state. I think La Inter at one time had ONLY Wisconsin approval or something like that, but now it can be any state the students want.
  13. by   StCroixFutureNurse
    @designermommy I am really concerned about the refund situation. Is this the first year that the refund is scheduled for August? Has it been on the calendar for September in previous years?