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UConn Nursing in Puerto Rico (Faculty-led)

The Program
UConn Nursing in Puerto Rico is a new collaborative effort between the UConn School of Nursing, the UConn Puerto Rican and Latin American Institute and the University of Puerto Rico School of Nursing.  The program is designed to give Nursing students an intensive immersion into Hispanic culture in the thriving city of San Juan, while at the same time providing all the required coursework for majors in their 6th semester.  The theoretical and practical components of Nursing and Clinical Science for Adults with Acute Health Issues, Clinical and Nursing Science for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and Ethical Ways of Knowing will be the focus of this one semester program. Through clinical conferences, case/care study presentations, clinical evaluations, and keeping a journal, you will have the opportunity during this program to 1) provide direct nursing care to patients and families; 2) learn about the rich and diverse heritage of the Puerto Rican people, 3) learn about complementary therapies that are utilized on the island 4) have regular dialogue with your counterparts in San Juan, and 5) improve your Spanish. Since the Puerto Rican population is the fastest growing Latino population in the Connecticut area, the experience of working and living in Puerto Rico will be of enormous help in your future nursing career.

The Academics
You will earn 17 credits for your semester in Puerto Rico:  11 credits for traditional classroom work and 6 credits for 18 hours per week of clinical.  UConn faculty on site will provide both the teaching and the clinical supervision for this program.  You will do your clinical work in the V.A. Medical Center in the area of medical surgical nursing and care of the person/family and behavioral health problems. Your courses will consist of the following:
NURS 3560: Clinical and Nursing Science for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (4 credits)
NURS 3592: Practicum for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
NURS 3670: Clinical and Nursing Science for Acutely Ill Adults (4 credits)
NURS 3692: Practicum for Acutely Ill Adults (3 credits)
NURS 3225: Ethical Ways of Knowing (3 credits)
In addition, there will be presentations of care/case studies and other interactive exercises as well as site visits, field trips to museums, hospitals, clinics, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques featuring local artists and artisans.

The Experience
You will live in approved housing near the University of Puerto Rico.  The area is a safe neighborhood near the library and close to public transportation to the VA Medical Center.  Your accommodations will immerse you in the local life of the university where you will meet students from all over the island. You will also be able to partake of the rich cultural life of San Juan that includes great restaurants and music.  Excursions will be planned to the central and western parts of the island and to San Juan attractions.

Please note that this program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Spring
The Details

  • Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Terms: Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/08/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year Academic area: Nursing
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: 3 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3