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  1. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Just a quick mention that I moved to San Juan before getting accepted into the program, booya! But I might be special... My advice is apply early (its free, no application fee!), and call often!
  2. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    The accelerated program (people w/ BA) starts once a year in September, I don't know about the regular program (people w/o a BA), I believe that one you can start any trimester. In Puerto Rico the public schools are super cheap and very good/selective (roughly 40 a credit) and require prerequisites, the private schools on the other hand will take anyone as long as their check clears! So the programs at private schools are not as good. I've heard Umet has better facilities and organization than Inter, but it also has prereqs and I'm not sure if they have an english program. So yeah, if you've got a bachelors you can be done in 2 years with a really high gpa, without taking too much out in loans (I think its supposed to be 7-8k a year in tuition and fees). Just expect to do some studying on your own and enjoy the beaches!
  3. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    The english trimester classes are in the evenings, usually anywhere from 5-10pm M-F, however clinicals are offered on Saturdays, since there's more to do/observe on a Saturday morning than a Monday evening. Since I don't have any kids (that I know of), I couldn't tell you about the child care places. Ya, I think D is a total 1st time teacher and needs to learn how to crack the whip a bit! She just sits up there, and speaking softly, tries to get class going, but that won't work in Puerto Rico. Some of the students are super ticked off at her for teaching a mickey mouse course, but its really too late to change anything, considering we have 4-5 weeks left.... I just plan on doing some studying on my own once I get the book (you don't really need the book for her class). Good luck on J's Thurs exam, I don't have internet at home so just got the memo, plus with my presentation in J's Tues class, it'll be awhile before I get around to it!
  4. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Oh, and if you have a bacherlors degree they automatically put you in the 2 year accelerated program, if not you go in the 3 year program (1 years worth of prereqs)
  5. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Cahoon is totally spot on in his/her response! It is all about the piece of paper that lets you sit for the NCLEX. Back home, they have ridiculous waiting lists and a year or 2 worth of prereqs, or if they don't they charge 30k in tuition a year. Here, it is EXTREMELY basic, but tuition is dirt cheap, there is no waiting list and they basically take anyone with a 2.25 gpa or above...and at the end you are guaranteed a high gpa and maybe you'll be able to speak spanish, both of which will help when you apply for jobs. Oh, yes, I'm in the Interamericana Metro English Trimester program. Cahoon- Are you in any of J's classes? I have her for 3 of my 4 classes and D, the terrible pharmacology professor in my 4th...
  6. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    There are several of us in the Interamericana University nursing program on the forum so feel free to ask specific questions... Can't speak about Metropolitan University, though...
  7. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    As far as I'm aware the Interamerica Metro Accelerated Program (2 years) only starts in August of each year, the regular (3 years) seems to be a lot more flexible as far as start times. Just be aware there is a wide range in the quality of professors and expect to do some self-studying on your own to pass the NCLEX. Also, anyone who is seriously considering either Metropolitan University or Interamerica should visit the island first, they may use the dollar here but this is NOT the US.
  8. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Also, no AC and no internet grr! It took me awhile to figure out theres another line to get a username/password to use campus computers and internet.' So I haven't had my internet for quite some time! Hey Naujhat, I think Midwest78 was going to call some places for you, my 2 cents would be basically find something close to a train station. The train is the only thing that runs on time in Puerto Rico, the buses are a joke. Basically you hop on the train (35 cents, one-way for students), then hop off at the Cupey train station and take the free trolley to campus. It picks folks up at the train station (1p,3p,5p,7pm), and after class you take the trolley back (6p,8p,10pm) PS- the room where you stand in line to get internet at school you need to swipe your student badge, which we don't receive until 2 weeks later, haha, gotta love the island!
  9. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Here is a satellite image of the University from Google Maps, the large building across the street (the unnamed street is Francisco Avenue, connecting PR-177 and Pr-1) from the parking garage. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=san+juan,+puerto+rico&sll=45.015826,-93.290528&sspn=0.00678,0.02105&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=San+Juan,+Puerto+Rico&ll=18.368924,-66.077303&spn=0.004551,0.010525&t=h&z=17
  10. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    PS- I had a heck of a time finding a map of bus routes, here is the only online one I could find: http://www.dtop.gov.pr/ama/mapaindex.htm
  11. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    If anyone will be on campus tomorrow, and would like to meet, I expect I'll be camped out in admissions most of the day (blue & white gym shorts, blue& white t-shirt, plus most likely the only white guy there). Is there a room location for the Orientation tomorrow (or the next day)? I agree taxi is the best bet for arriving at the right place without wasting a few hours (ps buses only take coins, no dollar bills, there is also only bus serving campus, C31 which only runs once per hour and you can hop it at the Rio Pedras bus station)). The address to give the taxi driver for campus is where PR-177 crosses San Francisco Avenida in Cupey (area within San Juan), I wasn't able to find a numbered street address (look for yellow clock tower to find campus). FYI the campus is located in the triangle formed by PR-1, PR-177, PR-52.
  12. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Well, I've been here in San Juan a week and have been to the university 3 times (2 of which they were closed). Apparently they mixed up my application with some else with a similar name, hence some of the confusion...Hopefully, it will get straightened out before classes start next Monday. (otherwise I think I can still register for courses up until the end of next week, but I'll need to double-check that one). I'll just camp out in Admissions until I get in, I guess.... By the by, the buses here are rather interesting and you should not really rely on them to commute to campus. The one serving campus, C31 only seems to run once per hour and the last run is sometime between 9-10pm (no posted schedules for buses in PR) for those evening courses. (It took me 2.5 hours to get to campus today using 2 buses, a taxi took me there in 20 minutes...go figure). Lovely place, but we aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto!
  13. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Well, I took the plunge and bought a one-way ticket to San Juan and got in this past Sunday. I'm glad I did, turns out they mixed up my application with a different person's, no wonder they had such trouble! Anyway I'm still hoping to start up in August and will be holed up in Old San Juan 'till then (Fortaleza Guest House, $25 a night, rustic, but very nice location). PS- Can anyone tell me whats up with all the random cats on the walk around the Old San Juan city/fort walls by the ocean?
  14. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Well, looks like my luck has changed. They've managed to find one of the 3 application packages I sent and one guy spoke to transcripts and thought they could be transferred to UIPR next Weds. at the earliest (which I'm taking with a huge grain, no pebble, of salt!). I think my polite but persistent strategy of calling everyday is finally paying off, seems like some folks now recognize the gringo calling in and might be helping speed things along. With 3-4 weeks before the last day to add classes, I feel my chances of attending the August trimester have gone from hopeless to possible w/ a little sprinkling of optimism thrown in!
  15. Jeb-in-Minneapolis

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Thanks for the support designer-mommy! I guess I'm just kicking myself for not applying a month ago, when I wouldn't have felt quite so rushed... Pretty crazy prices for the food, I hadn't realized milk and other staples were quite so high. Yikes!
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