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    CRNA School In Puerto Rico

    The programs here are becoming a bit popular due to the low cost. We have a lot of "main land" students including me that have and/or planning to go back to the states as soon as they graduate.
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    CRNA School In Puerto Rico

    Hello, the answer is YES. You need the GRE as well as the TOEFL.
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    Inter Amer Arecibo

    I have to disagree with you. The 3 programs have AANA COA accreditation, they are required the same amount of hours in clinical rotations as in any other school. As long as you pass the boards then you are just as competitive as any other candidate. I can speak for the ones in my school, Our students are passing boards on the first take and already graduating with competitive high pay contracts in the states.
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    Inter Amer Arecibo

    Hello I am currently in a program here in the island. I recommend you look at all 3 schools, and the requirements. My school has already so many applications they will actually be starting the interview process much earlier, so don't hesitate. My biggest recommendation is to apply with all requirement and start endorsement process for the PR license NOW is a very long process.
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    Inter Amer Arecibo

    lol....I wish. Everything is up and running. I was hesitant to apply do to the conditions after the hurricane and at the same time was thinking there will not be that many applicants for this year ( who wants to move to and island after majorly hit?) well I was mistaken. Competition was extremely hard. Also, if considering about the programs in PR, heads up the 3 program are all applying for their accreditation for the PHD program which means here in the next year the CRNA program will only be phd and much longer than what they are now.
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    Considering CRNA School

    Well, good for the confidence on the math part of the GRE. Kaplan GRE review recommends at least 3 months if you follow the schedule. If you are a full time RN doing 12 hrs/day 3 days a week and coming home to a family and have been out of school at least 5 years, I myself find 6 month resonable. But that is my opinion and I am already in CRNA school so I think it worked for me.
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    Considering CRNA School

    Well, good for the confidence on the math part of the GRE. How many hours a day should I study for the GRE? However, most people spend about one to three months studying a few hours a week for the GRE. This means the amount of studying for the GRE could range roughly from eight hours (studying two hours a week for four weeks) to 120 hours (studying ten hours a week for 12 weeks) How Long to Study for the GRE: Step-by-Step Guide • PrepScholar GRE If you are a full time RN doing 12 hrs/day 3 days a week and coming home to a family and have been out of school at least 5 years, I myself find 6 month reasonable. But that is my opinion and I am already in CRNA school so I think it worked for me.
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    Considering CRNA School

    So at this point you are considering to advance your nursing career and CRNA seems to be your perfect fit of a career advancement. As a current SRNA, I have some strong suggestion for you in the process of getting your ICU experience and/or working on the application stages. Assuming you are working on your ICU experience, I suggest you start by shadowing some CRNAs. I had a good rapport with the anesthesiologist and CRNAs in my hospital so when I asked, I was welcomed with arms wide open. * hint: Network network network! Do a couple of shifts with them, bring questions, do some research on your own about the anesthesia machines, the vapor, lines, etc. And I say a few shifts so that it makes sense and gives you the opportunity to go home look up things and come back with more questions and with thing making a bit more sense. If after a few shifts you truly are in LOVE with the high demand task of been behind the drapes then, start you CRNA checklist ready. Get as many certifications under your name as you can; ballon pump certified, impel certified, open heart recovery, CRRT machine certified, trauma, and anything else that is available to you. Get your CCRN done, any leader ladder available (charge nurse tasks). All of this will make you a strong candidate. The school wants to see that you have knowledge, experience, desire to continuously learn, and leadership skills. Time to schedule that scary GRE test. Give your self at least 6 months of studying before you take the test. Do practice test after practice test. When taking the GRE also give yourself additional time in case you need to retake it, you will have enough time to meet your application deadlines. Remember that network I mentioned earlier? You will need recommendation letters, and those CRNAs that you follow with questions will be more than happy to do those for you. When it comes to applying to a school I recommend applying to several of them but that is a personal choice. You have to take into considerations location, cost, length of program, your family support, etc. But I do recommend applying to at least 5. I have heard of people that did at least 10 applications. If you meet the requirement Go for it! Stay organized as far as those application deadlines, possible interview dates for each, documents and requirement of each. Keep in mind that some school might require additional testing, forms and or even RN license in that state When asking for those recommendation letters, provide them with plenty of time, given them all the schools that you are applying for info. If you need 3 different schools, then give them the 3 different info so they can do them all at once. Don't forget, at the end of submitting all your applications to get back to those that made letters for you, allowed you to follow them, or in any shape or form helped you in the application process. A little token of appreciation or a simple "thank you" card goes a long way...network I didn't mention anything about finances, but if you are considering CRNA school know that you are looking at 24 to 36 months of NO WORK INCOME. So start being smart with your money now and start adjusting to the new low budget now. You should be looking at how to clean your bills and put as much as you can in savings. Yes, financial assistance is available, but it will not cover it all, and you will need to use a large amount of your money before you even see any student loans money. The moment you decide to pursue CRNA school you are investing money into test prep, GRE, application fees, etc. The interview process might also require traveling cost (ask for Skype options), interview attire (you want a 6 figure job in the future then you must look the part from hair to your shoes), and if you are blessed to be given a spot in that program now the out of pocket cost increases drastically. Hope this helps to get you started in the process, or gives you a sense of guidance of where to start. Good Luck!
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    CRNA School In Puerto Rico

    I feel the need to update information regarding CRNA schools available in Puerto Rico. I myself found lots of information gaps when I was considering a school in Puerto Rico. NOW that I have gone through the process and currently living the SRNA student life in Puerto Rico, I feel obligated to share with those considering CRNA in Puerto Rico some very helpful insight. When applying to an accredited CRNA start by visiting the AANA site for a list of accredited schools....this is a most, dont skip this step. Also, verify the passing scores of those school that you are considering. When you visit that site, Puerto Rico has 3 accredited CRNA schools, be aware that Puerto Rico has other schools that offer programs but you will NOT be able to sit for national boards if you go to those other schools. If your plan is to stay in Puerto Rico and never ever practice outside of PR, that might be an option. I don't know any of those schools because that is not my interest. As far as the 3 accredited school I will not talk about any of them in particularly but will go over general of the 3. I will start by giving you a quick background of myself. I am originally from Puerto Rico and left the island over 15 years ago, when I graduated from High School and decided to move to the states for my University studies. With that been said, spanish is my first language but my nursing school and experience has all been in the states and all english. So considering to move back to the island for a period of around 2 years, without a job, minimum family left in the island, very rusty spanish and no medical spanish experience ....SCARY! Is an understatement. So don't be discouraged if lack of spanish is your first doubt holding you back. So let's start with why a school in PR? ....obvious cheap school cost ... less than 30k for the entire program, compare to 70k - 130k a program in the states. It is a very competitive application process and you are still trying to earn a spot out of anywhere from 9 to 25 spot available per year. Know that island life and island system is not the same as the system in the states. The process is slow, is very repetitive, and some process might seem "ridiculous", but it has always been this way and it work in the island. The process is all hard copies and paper and pen kind of process, therefore it will require for you to get the application, get all the part together and mail them in. ** important, start here** The process of getting your RN license by endorsement in PR can take up to 6 months, I am not exaggerating. You might be invited to an interview and you might even get accepted but if you don't have your license in hand by the time the program start, you will lose your spot. We had 2 students that could not start the program because their license was still not granted when the program started, so sad because now they have to wait another year to move on with their life goals. When you send any documents: Send via Certified letterKeep copies of EVERYTHINGKeep all emailsSo before applying to a school make sure is accredited, figure out the cost of the program the length of time of the program and the application process and deadlines. Start the license process the moment you decide to apply for the school. Know that other exams are required for application in PR so make sure you schedule those on time for the application deadlines. Once you apply the next step is interview, ask if Skype is a possibility it will save you money need for the move when sometimes is just a 15 min interview. The moment you are considering CRNA school you should start cleaning your bills and get your finances in line. Start considering the options about a vehicle that you will need here while in school, shipping cost, what car to bring considering bad roads and bad drivers (think taxi drivers in NY), housing, again traffic is bad so you want to be closed by school. Is not an easy process but not impossible, and you must keep in mind the end goal. If you start the process early, and stay organized the process will go smoothly. Good luck!
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    CRNA School with a young family

    I am a single mother of a 11yr old, and doing it. Not only am I doing it as a single mom I also packed and moved across the ocean to PR to do it. IT CAN BE DONE! when you say breath anesthesia, that is an understatement. all you will do is study, shower, eat, sleep and repeat. The time I get to be a bit flexible is just for my kid, not only time is limited but income is also limited to go out and do extracurricular activities. With that been said I also suggest to do it while they are young, it is much easier, as the kids grow they get involved into activities sports, etc. when they are as young as yours I think is easier plus they won't remember as much the fact that they had the tv or the bouncy chair as a full time nanny while you burn your eyes studying. Do it while they are young, and take advantage of he blessing of having a supportive spouse with a supporting income.
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