Nursing major vs. Premed major - page 2

Hey all, I'm a freshman in college who's wanting to become a nurse. But one of my friends, who wanted to be a nurse, might be changing from nursing to premed. Mainly because he thinks the nursing... Read More

  1. by   iwillact
    I am 6 classes way from my bachelors degree in Bio, which is pre-med, anyway the pre reqs for nursing are soooo much easier where I go to school. I know because I have applied for the nursing program and I have done them also. The hoops you have to jump through to get into medical school cant even compare with the hoops you have to jump through for nursing school. many medical schools require calc, Chem I and II and organic I and II, Bio chem, Physics I and II, and more and more and then there is the MCAT. Shoot, cant be compared. All this being said I want to be a nurse.
  2. by   tridil2000
    Quote from daretoact
    I am 6 classes way from my bachelors degree in Bio, which is pre-med, anyway the pre reqs for nursing are soooo much easier where I go to school. I know because I have applied for the nursing program and I have done them also. The hoops you have to jump through to get into medical school cant even compare with the hoops you have to jump through for nursing school. many medical schools require calc, Chem I and II and organic I and II, Bio chem, Physics I and II, and more and more and then there is the MCAT. Shoot, cant be compared. All this being said I want to be a nurse.

    I had calc, physics I, chem I & II, organic biochem I, a & p I & II, stats, macro economics, accounting, more psyche than I care to recall, 2 history classes and 2 lit classes in addition to my nursing classes.

    I wouldn't say getting a BSN is "easy". No degree is "easy".
  3. by   LuckyKelleyK
    My physiology lab teacher was a retired brain surgeon and he told us "It is much easier to become a doctor than a nurse, you all should consider becoming doctors instead". With that said, he WAS a brain surgeon, so to him, it may have been easy. I have to agree with all of the previous posters, nurses and physicians have MUCH different jobs. If anyone is trying to decide between these two careers, it is much advised that he/she do some more research about what the jobs actually consist of. Plus, truth is that many physicians put their careers first. If you are a family oriented person, you would probably have to change your priorities. For me, family is very important and I want to have children fairly soon, and I want to be there to raise them. That was only one of the many reasons that I have chosen nursing over medicine.
  4. by   PedsHopeful
    It seems better to just get that Nursing BSN and then go for the MSN to be a practitioner. Salary seems around the same.
  5. by   beckster_01
    Just going to chime in that it is pretty silly to go for your MD because Nursing school is too hard/competitive. It's silly to decide your career based on the education you have to get through. Read about each job, imagine yourself as a nurse/doctor, take into account the lifestyle that you would like to live. They are COMPLETELY different careers. Most doctors don't have what it takes to be a nurse and vice versa.

    If all you are concerned about is getting through school in a timely manner, I would suggest going for your BSN. In my area you can wait 3-4 years on the wait list to get into the community college's nursing program. I got my bachelor's at a small private school. While very expensive I figure I saved money in the long run because I would have had to support myself on a $12/hr job for those 3-4 years waiting to get into school. Between a few scholarships and some good overtime this past year, I have already payed off almost 1/2 of my student loans after 1 year of nursing...and I have an excellent credit score to show for it

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