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Our graduates express themselves…

 

Anaivis Uria Zamora

I graduated on the nursing program at lnteramerican University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus in 2016. It was a wonderful experience for me, and thank to their amazing program, I was able to pass the NCLEX test and achieved my dream to become a nurse.

The program provided all necessary courses and I did not need to take any additional classes to get accredited. Today I am a full time RN at University of Louisville Health Jewish Hospital.

I consider that the standard and priority of teaching was powerful, in addition the professionalism, knowledge and wisdom of the professors allowed me to develop critical thinking and provide a holistic care in my path as a nurse today.

I feel very grateful with nursing faculty as an individual, student and professional.

Anaivis Uria Zamora

UofL Health Jewish Hospital, Kentucky State lnter American University, Aguadilla Campus Class of 2016


Zulmary Cabán

My name is Zulmary Cabán, and I’m a nurse from Puerto Rico. Since I was a little girl, I knew that I would become a nurse just like my mom. I started my bachelor’s degree in August 2009 at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. I was the vice-president of the Student Nursing Association, which was an excellent opportunity to apply the nursing care plan and assist in the community.

Inter American University’s Aguadilla Campus has excellent nurse educators, and they possess strong leadership, communication skills, and outstanding theoretical and clinical knowledge. I graduated in June 2013 and passed my Nursing License on my first attempt. I worked as an Infusion Nurse from 2013 to 2014, and then I started working at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla. It was nice to be back at the university, and this time I was working as a Nursing Laboratory Tech. It was a wonderful experience. In 2017, I took the NCLEX exam and passed it on my first attempt. In January 2018, I started working as a Nurse Care Manager for New York State. Besides, I was admitted to Capella University MSN Nursing Informatic Program. I got a scholarship and am currently taking eight credits online. It is lovely to see all the opportunities that I have had thanks to the unique nursing program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla Campus. What I like about the university is that staff are accommodating and very concerned about their student’s education. They are creative, intelligent, competent, resilient, and fair.


Ingrid D. Cancela Patiño

As a graduate of Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus, I know firsthand the high quality of education provided to students. I appreciate not only the education I received, but also the values that Inter American University of PR instilled in me, like critical perspective on the world and a focus on patient care. I am also proud that the college has become a leader in sustainability and sought to involve students in decision-making. Inter American University of Puerto Rico has prepared me for the nursing world in ways I can’t even described. Thanks to the university I have acquired a lot of skills that have made me a better nurse. I graduated on June 2017, that same month I moved to Seattle, WA to start a new journey at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital at the Spinal Cord Injury. I am currently Charge Nurse for this unit, skills that I have learned from my years at the Inter American University thanks to the leadership the program has. I just finished my MSN in Informatics, the education I have received at Inter American helped me accomplished this goal in life. Professors at Inter American has taught me how to be successful not only as a staff nurse but as a leader. The education and the staff at Inter has permitted me to become a better nurse, a better teacher, a better human and a better leader.

Sincerely,

Ingrid D. Cancela Patiño


Amed Gonzáelz

I am writing you today to give my testimony regarding my career after having graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla. I started nursing school in 2013 after having left the military as well as my wife. Both of us graduated at the top of our class in 2015 from the ADN and again in 2017 with the BSN, also at the top of the class with each one of us having a 3.93 GPA. I started working in the summer of 2015 after having passed the Puerto Rico Licensure Exam for nursing at a local ER. I was initially scared because my first job was in an ER where I was expected to respond to many kinds of emergencies and be able to take point in codes and lead the team in other occasions. This fear quickly disappeared as I was able to use the skills that I learned in both the classroom setting and the clinical rotations which had prepared me to be successful in my early nursing days. I continue to have a full-time job in the ER as well as taking the BSN classes as a full-time student. The classes were very flexible for people like me and enabled me to go to school on days, nights and weekends, depending on my work schedule. After about a year in the local ER, I went to work in a major hospital, Manati Medical Center as an ER RN which was much larger, challenging, and saw more complicated.
Because at the time there were not many BSN students in the ER, mostly ADN, I was given more responsibilities as the charge nurse on some nights as well as leading teams and I felt that the education that I was concurrently receiving was a big part of me being able to take on a larger role. At the end of 2016, I accepted a position in the Emergency Department at the San Juan VA Medical Center which is one of the most prestigious hospitals in Puerto Rico. I continued to use my skills learned in previous job while also continuing to do clinical rotations in the last few classes of the BSN. In the summer of 2017, right before graduation, I accepted a position at the Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina as an ICU Nurse. I left soon after the classes were finished and started my new job at the prison. Little did I know that this prison had an actual full-size hospital onsite and the nurses were able to rotate to many of the department every so often. I worked at the prison for 2 years and held many positions such as ICU RN, Oncology RN, OR RN, Dialysis RN, PICC Nurse, IV nurse, and Ambulatory Nurse. I then transferred from the Federal Prison to the local VA Hospital as a Surgical Intensive Care

Unit. At this time, my wife, also an Inter American RN, was already working at this VA since summer of 2017 as the PM Charge RN for a long-term care/hospice unit. In 2018, I accepted a transfer to the Alaska VA Healthcare System as the Assistant Chief of the Social and Behavioral Health Department in which I was supervising Nursing and non-nursing personnel as well and my wife because the Assistant Nurse manager for a 50 bed residential inpatient unit for homeless veterans and substance use. I recently was offered a position of Nurse Manager of this residential 50 bed unit after my wife had moved to a different department as the lead of one of the teams. I am currently finishing a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program and my wife will be starting an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program in the fall. I explained all my positions and success as well as shared some of the success that my wife has had as well not to praise ourselves but to show how well prepared, we were to take on the nursing world after graduating from such a great program. Both myself and my wife are currently Nurse Level 3 at the VA which is something that normally takes other nurse more than 10 years to achieve and we have done it in less than half of that time. Both of us are very happy and honored to have attended such an amazing program that has changed our lives in set us in a great path for a very successful future. Thank you for all you have done as the program director and to all the teachers that were part of our success. We will forever be in your debt.
V/R

Amed González

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Nursing Program Assessment

ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE IN NURSING
PROGRAM OUTCOMES AND SUCCESS MEASURES

PROGRAM OUTCOME 1:

At least 85% of nursing graduates will meet or exceed the national mean of Puerto Rico licensure board passing rate for all first – time test –takers during the same twelve-month period.

NursingIn the last three years, Aguadilla campus has exceeded the national mean of Puerto Rico licensure board passing rate for all first – time test –takers with an 100%

*statistical report

PROGRAM OUTCOME 2:

Program Completion rate 75% of students complete their degree in 150% or less of the number of credit hours required to complete the degree.

Nuring

98.7% of the student’s complete in less than 150% of the time.  Furthermore, in the last three years an average of 74% complete their degree in 2 years.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 3:

Overall, 90% of Graduates, alumni and employers will indicate satisfaction with the AAS program of study as evidence by a rating of 3 (good) or 4 (excellent) on respective survey submitted.

YearsGraduates

End of the program survey

Overall Alumni satisfaction

 

Employers survey*

 

2018 – 19100% (N = 17)100% (N= 14)
2017 – 18100% (N =19)98.6% (N=73)
2016 -17100%  (N =24)100%  (N=45)
2015 – 16100% satisfaction

93% Excellent

7% good

A total of 6 agencies evaluate the clinical performance of 30 alumni* with an overall of 91.6%.

*Employers survey was submitted every 5 years

PROGRAM OUTCOME 4:

Minimum of 70% of AAS graduate will be employed 18 -24 months’ post-graduation.

Employment
Percentage of graduate employed 18 -24 months’ post-graduation. (Alumni survey)2016 – 17

 

Alumni response

N=45

2017-18

Alumni response N=73

 

2018-19

Sent to 18 Alumni response

N = 14 (77.7%)

2 (4.4%) work full time in nursing, 1 (2.2%) work part-time. Employed in nursing 100%.

94% (42) are pursing BSN

2 (2%) AAS work full time in nursing and are not studying. Employed 100%

1 (1%) part time in nursing not studying.

3 (4%) work part-time in nursing and are pursing BSN at the same time.

70 (96%) are pursing BSN

2 (14.2%) work full time in nursing Employed 100%.

1 (7.1%) work part-time in nursing

11 (78.6%) students are pursing BSN

PROGRAM OUTCOME 5:

85% of nursing students are satisfied (ranking 3 or more) with nursing program services.

YearsPercent of Satisfaction
2018 – 1991%
2017 – 1898%
2016 -17100%
2015 – 16100%

86% excellent, 14% good

2014 – 1596%

PROGRAM OUTCOME 6:

An average of 85% of students will agree that available physical facilities, material, supplies and equipment are appropriate to meet their learning outcomes by a rating of 3 (good) or 4 (excellent) on respective survey submitted.

  Percent of Satisfaction
Yearsmaterial, supplies and equipmentphysical facilities
2018 – 1978%*73%*
2017-1897.5%95%
2016 -17100% satisfaction

92% excellent

3% good

100% satisfaction

97% excellent

3% good

2016 – 15100% satisfaction

92.8% excellent,

7.2% good

100% satisfaction

86% excellent,

14% good

  • Results were affected after Hurricane Maria

NURSING PROGRAM BSN OUTCOMES AND SUCCESS MEASURES

PROGRAM OUTCOME 1:

At least 85% of nursing graduates will meet or exceed the national mean of Puerto Rico licensure board passing rate for all first – time test –takers during the same twelve-month period.
nursingIn the last three years, Aguadilla campus has exceeded the national mean of Puerto Rico licensure board passing rate for all first – time test –takers with an average of 87.7%.

*Statistical report

PROGRAM OUTCOME 2:

Program Completion rate 75% of students complete their degree in 150% or less of the number of credit hours required to complete the degree.

100% of the student’s complete in less than 150% of the time.  Furthermore, in the last three years an average of 33.3% of students complete their degree in 3.5 years.

*in process

PROGRAM OUTCOME 3:

Overall, 90% of Graduates, alumni and employers will indicate satisfaction with the BSN program of study as evidence by a rating of 3 (good) or 4 (excellent) on respective survey submitted.

YearsGraduates

(End of the program survey)

AlumniEmployers*
2018 – 1996%100%
2017 – 18100%100%A total of 6 agencies evaluate the clinical performance of 30 alumni* with an overall of 91.6%.  Average per professional role fluctuates between 86.9 – 91.6%
2016 -17100%
2016 – 1597% satisfaction

86% excellent

11% good

2014 – 15100% satisfaction
  • Employers survey every 5 years.

 

PROGRAM OUTCOME 4:

Minimum of 70% of BSN graduate will be employed 18 -24 months’ post-graduation.

Employment
Percentage of graduate employed 18 -24 months’ post-graduation. (Alumni survey)2017-18

Alumni response = 23

2018-19

Sent to 12 Alumni response = 9 (75%)

87% (20) work full time in nursing

4% (1) work part-time in nursing

9% (2) Non nursing work

5 (55.6%) work full time in nursing

1 (11.1%) work part-time in nursing

3 (33%) Non working in Nursing

 

PROGRAM OUTCOME 5:

85% of nursing students are satisfied (ranking 3 or more) with nursing program services.

YearsPercent
2018 – 19100%
2017 – 18 85%
2016 -1795%
2016 – 15100%
2014 – 1595%

PROGRAM OUTCOME 6:

An average of 85% of students will agree that available physical facilities, material, supplies and equipment are appropriate to meet their learning outcomes as by a rating of 3 (good) or 4 (excellent) on respective survey submitted.

YearsSatisfaction with

material, supplies and equipment

physical facilities
2018 – 19100%100%
2017 – 1886%95.5%
2016 -1795%100%
2016 – 1585%100%
2014 – 1592%95%

Program outcome summary

April./2020/ADH

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Cuidado Cardiorespiratorio (A.S)

El Programa de Cuidado Cardiorrespiratorio tiene como meta principal preparar técnicos y profesionales en el área de cuidado cardiorrespiratorio en el nivel de grado de asociado. A través de este Programa el estudiante obtendrá los conocimientos y destrezas necesarios para proveer cuidado comprensivo y de alta calidad a los clientes, familiares y comunidad en diferentes escenarios.

El programa va dirigido a:

  • Preparar un terapista respiratorio con los conocimientos y destrezas necesarios para ofrecer cuidado cardiorrespiratorio a tono con las exigencias de la Ley #24, que regula la práctica de cuidado respiratorio en Puerto
  • Contribuir a la promoción y mantenimiento de la salud integral de la comunidad a la cual
  • Ofrecer cuidados excelentes basados en los valores ético-morales y

Se espera que el estudiante que decide por el programa para trabajar como terapista de Grado de Asociado en Cuidado Cardiorrespiratorio sea capaz de:

  • Desarrollar e implantar cuidado cardiorrespiratorio para promover, mantener y restaurar la salud respiratoria en pacientes con problemas cardiopulmonares.
  • Utilizar canales de comunicación establecidos para administrar terapia respiratoria a pacientes en estado agudo o crítico según el ciclo de vida.
  • Colaborar con otros miembros del equipo de salud para asistir al diagnóstico, tratamiento, evaluación, control, rehabilitación y prevención del paciente con el propósito de ofrecer cuidados de calidad.
  • Tomar en consideración los hallazgos de la investigación en el campo respiratorio para justificar sus intervenciones.
  • Poseer conocimientos y destrezas mínimas para ejecutar su rol efectivamente al ofrecer cuidados a pacientes.
  • Desarrollar destrezas para manejar el equipo tecnológico al ofrecer cuidado cardiorrespiratorio en cualquier escenario donde ofrezca sus servicios.
  • Cumplir con las disposiciones de las leyes que regulan su práctica y su código de ética para mantener los cánones de honestidad.
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Técnico de Farmacia (A.A.S)

El Programa de Grado de Asociado en Ciencias Aplicadas en Técnico de Farmacia aspira a desarrollar un técnico con los conocimientos y destrezas necesarias que lo capaciten para desempeñarse eficiente y responsablemente como Técnico de Farmacia.

 

Su currículo está diseñado para ofrecer los conocimientos científicos y las habilidades técnicas necesarias para trabajar en una farmacia, manejar equipo tecnológico y cumplir con los estatutos que rigen la práctica de la profesión.

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Terapia del Habla y Lenguaje (B.S.)

El Programa de Bachillerato en Ciencias en Terapia del Habla y Lenguaje aspira a preparar profesionales competentes que puedan colaborar en atender las necesidades de niños y jóvenes con desórdenes de comunicación en Puerto Rico. El profesional egresado del Programa estará capacitado para ofrecer servicios terapéuticos a niños y jóvenes entre las edades de 0-21 años bajo la supervisión de una Patólogo del Habla y Lenguaje licenciado, según establecido en la Ley 77 que reglamenta el ejercicio de los profesionales de Terapia del Habla y Lenguaje, Patología del Habla y Lenguaje y Audiología en Puerto Rico. El egresado de este Programa estará capacitado para llevar a cabo tareas de cernimiento y prevención de desórdenes de comunicación.

Conocimiento

  • Conocer los procedimientos e instrumentos de cernimiento de habla, lenguaje y audición utilizados con la población de 0-21 años.
  • Conocer las técnicas y estrategias para el tratamiento de los desórdenes de articulación, voz, fluidez y lenguaje, tanto hablado como escrito, en niños y jóvenes entre las edades de 0-21 años.

Destrezas

  • Diseñar actividades y materiales que se adapten a las necesidades y capacidades de los clientes a quienes ofrece sus servicios.
  • Documentar la ejecución del cliente de forma precisa, concisa, objetiva y cuantificable en cada intervención.
  • Utilizar la tecnología como herramienta para las intervenciones terapéuticas.
  • Seleccionar instrumentos de cernimiento de acuerdo con la población y problema de comunicación a cernir.
  • Interpretar e informar los resultados de los cernimientos en forma confiable.
  • Desarrollar actividades apropiadas para los objetivos del plan de intervención diseñado por el Patólogo del Habla y Lenguaje en forma lógica y organizada.
  • Planificar actividades creativas de seguimiento a los objetivos trabajados en terapia, a ser implantadas en los ambientes cotidianos del niño por cuidadores.
  • Aplicar métodos, técnicas y estrategias apropiadas de acuerdo con la condición, nivel de severidad y destrezas del cliente.
  • Desarrollar charlas y talleres educativos sobre la prevención de desórdenes de comunicación para clientes, familiares y la comunidad en general.

Actitudes

  • Manifestar la importancia de mantener relaciones interpersonales apropiadas con los niños a quienes ofrece sus servicios y sus familiares.
  • Demostrar sensibilidad hacia las necesidades y hacia los valores culturales del cliente y su familia.
  • Demostrar la importancia de manejar adecuadamente la conducta del cliente en sus intervenciones.
  • Respaldar sus intervenciones con las teorías y principios éticos de la profesión de Terapia del Habla y Lenguaje.

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Ciencias en Enfermería (A.A.S. y B.S.N)

El Programa de Enfermería tiene como misión formar enfermeras y enfermeros capaces de ofrecer cuidado de enfermería competente, sensible, efectivo, seguro y de calidad al cliente persona, familia y comunidad. El Programa va dirigido a producir egresados preparados para:

  • Proveer cuidado con autonomía y en colaboración interdisciplinaria, sensible a los valores ético- legales y culturales y dirigidos al logro de los mejores resultados para el cliente.
  • Coordinar el cuidado, aplicando destrezas de liderazgo y gerencia que conducen a un cuidado de la más alta calidad al menor costo.
  • Asumir compromiso como miembro de la disciplina de acuerdo con los estándares de la práctica.

Para el desarrollo de este profesional se ofrecen modalidades de estudio diversas y flexibles. Esto facilita la movilidad del nivel de grado de asociado al de bachillerato.

Conocimiento

  • Demostrar conocimientos científicos y humanísticos de la disciplina de la enfermería al analizar aspectos biopsicosocial y espiritual en las diferentes etapas de crecimiento y desarrollo.
  • Conocer el proceso de enfermería como un instrumento para tomar decisiones clínicas al ofrecer un cuidado seguro y de calidad.

Destrezas

  • Demostrar destrezas clínicas actualizadas en las intervenciones terapéuticas cuando ofrecen el cuidado al cliente a lo largo del continuo salud enfermedad en escenarios estructurados.
  • Demostrar manejo de cuidado, destrezas de coordinación y colaboración efectivas como miembro del equipo interdisciplinario.
  • Utilizar destrezas de comunicación, pensamiento crítico y el uso de la tecnología para mantener la calidad del cuidado que se ofrece al cliente.

Actitudes

  • Demostrar responsabilidad y compromiso ético-legal con el cuidado humanista en respuesta a las necesidades cambiantes de la sociedad.
  • Demostrar responsabilidad y compromiso con el desarrollo propio y de la profesión.

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Tecnología Radiológica(A.A.S y B.S)

Tecnologia Radiológica (AAS)

El Programa fue creado para preparar tecnólogos radiológicos, los que constituyen los profesionales de la salud responsables por la ejecutoria de procedimientos radiográficos mediante el uso de equipos de radiología diagnóstica.

La misión del Programa de Grado de Asociado en Ciencias Aplicadas en Tecnología Radiológica tiene sus raíces en la misión de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Esta misión es alcanzada a través de las siguientes metas:

Establecer un programa académico que responda a las necesidades de los estudiantes y de la sociedad a la cual

  • Desarrollar un currículo de acuerdo con los estándares de práctica establecidos por las agencias reguladoras de la disciplina.
  • Proveer al estudiante el conocimiento y las experiencias educativas necesarias que le permitan retar de manera exitosa el examen de reválida.
  • Preparar profesionales miembros del equipo interdisciplinario de la salud que lleven a cabo sus funciones con seguridad, efectividad y competencia.
  • Fomentar el aprendizaje como un proceso continuo de manera que se mantenga actualizado en su campo de especialidad una vez entre al mundo del trabajo.

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