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kibbles
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Hello! My daughter is looking at UVI for nursing school. We're originally from Brooklyn, and moved to Iowa, and the one thing she missed most was the beach. Someone suggested looking to the Carribean for nursing school, and we were pleasantly surprised to find UVI, which is fully accredited, and has the nice weather and beach she's looking for. (I say whatever motivates you, go for it.) As her mom, I was very happy to see the tuition costs, and the room/board costs.

We can't find that much information on the quality of the school, especially for nursing. Anyone have experience with that? She eventually wants to go on to advanced practice nursing, so she'll need a solid background to get into grad school. She has no particular plans on where she would want to live after graduation, either, so nursing jobs after graduation aren't that much of an issue, either, unless she decides to stay.

I'd also like to know the best way to ship things to her. Looks like Amazon doesn't let you use prime for the USVI.

She doesn't graduate high school until 2013, but she is a solid student and tests well. In other words, not the top GPA in school, but nearly the top for the ACTs. I'm minorly concerned about culture shock (I moved around a bit when I was younger), but since she was raised in NYC and not here in Iowa I think she'll do ok.

What else do we need to look into, besides the school? It's the STT campus for the BSN, if that helps. We even took a peek at the BET reality show filmed on campus, but that didn't help too much.

Thanks in advance for anything you can share with us!

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onthespot
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Maybe spend a summer down here with her to do some hands on research.

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ChanelCinq
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I just wanted to let you know of another option. I go to Interamericana University of Puerto Rico (Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico) and my program is 100% in English. We have many nursing students from the USVI, both from STT and STX. I am not exactly sure why. I know some of them are older with previous Bachelors like myself and we are doing the 22 month second Bachelors program. They don't have that on STX.

Our school just got a new assistant director of the nursing dept and she is awesome. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and she studied in the UK. So she is Puerto Rican with a British accent. Yes that has nothing to do with anything except you would never guess she is Puerto Rican.

I know it is not what you are asking but you may want to look into it.

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kibbles
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My daughter doesn't speak Spanish, although you said the program is 100% in English, how is it living there without knowing much Spanish? I will ask my SIL too, she is from there, and lived there with my niece and nephew, but she didn't seem too keen on them going to college there.

I looked for summer programs for her, but there wasn't one at UVI unless you already lived in the USVI. Hopefully they can get in touch with me about something, but this is her last summer of high school. She got her CNA already, so she is pretty confident about her major, at least.

As for us just spending a summer down there, I have 2 other kids, one with severe disabilities, and he needs to go to school year round, and even if we skipped a bit of school, I can't fly with him. 🙁 So maybe her grandparents can go with her. We will have to do a campus visit at one point.

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kibbles
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Apparently the NCLEX-RN isn't given in PR? That would be a problem.

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