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    USAT-University of Science, Arts, and Technology in Montserr? Is this a legit school?

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    Hello everyone, I need some help. I am a FNP wanting to go to medical school and I heard about USAT in Montserrat from another fellow NP. She is attending that school with monthyl lectures to the Miami campus. She has not reached the clinical science rotations yet. Has anyone ever graduated from that school and was accepted into residency in the US? Did they do their clinical science rotations in the US? Are they practice in the US? I have seen some news about this school around 2003 but none that is current today. Thanks for you help.

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    These are some very good questions. The school is fairly new so that should be taken into consideration. Talk to people in the program or someone who has. The people I talked with told me that there were students in clinicals and residency in the US. However, the hospital names and locations were not offered, nor were the names of the students/graduates. The supposed reason was HIPPA. I don't believe HIPPA has anything to do with medical education or privacy in regards to students, I may be wrong. Generally, schools are proud of their students' accomplishments and will post them with permission. Not being able to verify anything seems very risky. If a person just had extra time and money on their hands and wanted to get an MD degree this may work. Personally, if you are licensed in another profession this may not be complimentary; to have an MD that is not recognized and will not lead to licensure. Also, I was told that they would transfer credits from a non-medical degree program. This will certainly not allow licensure in the US due to a new ECFMG rule @ 2008. Buyer beware!
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    I see, I wonder where they do lab work? Hmm.

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    I am a Registered Nurse in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. I examined the listing of classes offered for the 4 yr. BSN at this school. There are classes it does not offer that even a 2 yr. diploma school offers here in Pennsylvania in order to meet our State minimum requirements.

    HIPPA (it is actually HIPAA) does not apply to academics. That is ridiculous. The name of the law, which is a US law, by the way, is the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act. What would that have to do with a school providing information about their graduates?

    I have decided against this particular school and here is why:

    1.) In their entire website, they do not once mention who is the director of the school, any names and/or qualifications of staff members, and offer no information regarding current enrollment at the school, class size, number of graduates and how those graduates performed on standardized tests.

    2.) As mentioned above, their outlined curriculum would not qualify me to sit for testing in my field where I live and wish to practice.

    3.) There is no mention whatsoever about clinical hours and where they would be served. There is a very small hospital listed on this island. The telephone directory for the island lists one doctor. ONE doctor! In addition, in the Yellow Pages there is one advertisement for medical laboratory testing and it is located in Antiqua, which is 30 miles away.

    4.) I think the prices are on the high side.

    5.) As you can tell, I have done quite a bit of research about this island. Some things I have learned: While the website says the island is 40 sq. miles (which would be, say, 10 mi. long by 4 mi. wide) in actuality 2/3 of this island is a mandated "Exclusion Zone" due to danger from the active volcano. So that means a livable area of only approximately 15 sq. miles, which is very, very small. (Equal to 5 mi. long by 3 mi. wide)

    I also learned that the volcanic ash is a real problem for asthmaticsand is one reason that many people left the island and have never returned. That most food must be imported. That there is a scarcity of fresh vegetables because most of the farmlands were covered in ash. That you can't get fresh, pasteurized milk. And on and on in terms of food supply.

    Just going online and reading through the Yellow Pages for the phone book for this island country gave me a vast amount of information to use in deciding whether I would want to live there. In addition there are some good websites that "tell it like it is", which the website for this school surely did not! (Best site: montserratvolcano.com. Scroll down to bottom of home page for a listing of articles on the website. There is one for people who are thinking of going to Montserrat and what to expect.)

    All the reading I did made me feel really sorry for the people who live there.

    I hope this info helps and good luck to all in their quest!

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    Sorry, I double posted.
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    I am a Registered Nurse in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. I examined the listing of classes offered for the 4 yr. BSN at this school. There are classes it does not offer that even a 2 yr. diploma school offers here in Pennsylvania in order to meet our State minimum requirements.

    HIPPA (it is actually HIPAA) does not apply to academics. That is ridiculous. The name of the law, which is a US law, by the way, is the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act. What would that have to do with a school providing information about their graduates?

    I have decided against this particular school and here is why:
    1.) In their entire website, they do not once mention who is the director of the school, any names and/or qualifications of staff members, and offer no information regarding current enrollment at the school, class size, number of graduates and how those graduates performed on standardized tests.

    2.) As mentioned above, their outlined curriculum would not qualify me to sit for testing in my field where I live and wish to practice.

    3.) There is no mention whatsoever about clinical hours and where they would be served. There is a very small hospital listed on this island. The telephone directory for the island lists one doctor. ONE doctor! In addition, in the Yellow Pages there is one advertisement for medical laboratory testing and it is located in Antiqua, which is 30 miles away.

    4.) I think the prices are on the high side.

    5.) As you can tell, I have done quite a bit of research about this island. Some things I have learned: While the website says the island is 40 sq. miles (which would be, say, 10 mi. long by 4 mi. wide) in actuality 2/3 of this island is a mandated "Exclusion Zone" due to danger from the active volcano. So that means a livable area of only approximately 15 sq. miles, which is very, very small. (Equal to 5 mi. long by 3 mi. wide)
    I also learned that the volcanic ash is a real problem for asthmaticsand is one reason that many people left the island and have never returned. That most food must be imported. That there is a scarcity of fresh vegetables because most of the farmlands were covered in ash. That you can't get fresh, pasteurized milk. And on and on in terms of food supply.
    Just going online and reading through the Yellow Pages for the phone book for this island country gave me a vast amount of information to use in deciding whether I would want to live there. In addition there are some good websites that "tell it like it is", which the website for this school surely did not! (Best site: montserratvolcano.com. Scroll down to bottom of home page for a listing of articles on the website. There is one for people who are thinking of going to Montserrat and what to expect.)

    All the reading I did made me feel really sorry for the people who live there.

    I hope this info helps and good luck to all in their quest!

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    Didn't achieve regional accreditation when evaluated by CARICOM's agency

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    USAT failed to get accreditation by the local accrediting agency....problem sign

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